Effective Closing Argument addresses the crucial subject of closing argument in an illuminating and exciting manner. Early on there is a dissertation on psychology and philosophy as they are related to the art of persuasion. These are foundation stones on which a persuasive closing argument is built, yet they have seldom if ever been systematically presented. The core ideas of the classical art of rhetoric are presented with vibrancy and in a manner most useful to the trial lawyer.
The book also contains an almost complete compendium of the law pertaining to closing argument. This survey clearly answers the fundamental questions about what you can and cannot do in a closing argument. It is also thorough and comprehensive; the discussion of the case law contains case citations from virtually all jurisdictions. There is also a state by state chart of the many, many case authorities.
The main portion of the book consists of a case by case study of carefully selected closing arguments, both civil and criminal. This consists of verbatim closing arguments, together with an analytical discussion of each case by the author and often by the lawyers who made the summations.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About the Author
THE ART OF CLOSING ARGUMENT
THE LAW OF MODERN CLOSING ARGUMENT
CLASSICAL PRINCIPLES OF PERSUASION
CLASSICAL RHETORICAL PRINCIPLES APPLIED TO THE MODERN CLOSING ARGUMENT
CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES
DANIEL WEBSTER'S CLOSING ARGUMENT IN THE MURDER PROSECUTION OF JOHN F. KNAPP
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S CLOSING ARGUMENT IN THE ROCK ISLAND BRIDGE CASE
CLARENCE DARROW'S CLOSING ARGUMENT AND PLEA OF MERCY IN DEFENSE OF LEOPOLD AND LOEB
JURY INSTRUCTIONS AND CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE PROSECUTION OF PATRICIA HEARST
CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN ESTATE OF KAREN SILKWOOD v. KERR-McGEE CORPORATION
CLOSING ARGUMENT OF PLAINTIFF'S COUNSEL IN A PERSONAL INJURY ACTION
CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN A MEDICAL INSURANCE BAD FAITH ACTION
CLOSING ARGUMENT OF PLAINTIFF'S COUNSEL IN A BURN INJURY ACTION
CLOSING ARGUMENT OF PLAINTIFF'S COUNSEL IN A SWIMMING POOL PRODUCTS LIABILITY ACTION
CLOSING ARGUMENT BY BARRY NACE, ESQ., FOR PLAINTIFF IN SEKOU EALY v. RICHARDSON-MERRELL, INC
CLOSING ARGUMENT IN HAWKINS v. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, CALVIN THUR, ESQ
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