Trial Skills: Crafting Effective Opening Statements



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July 9, 2024
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About the Program

Learn how to take your opening statement from a perfunctory outline of evidence, to a persuasive foundation for your client’s story. This program will cover the practical, theoretical, and creative aspects of crafting an opening statement that grabs the jury from the very first moments of trial. It will address the goals of the opening statement, differentiating facts from arguments and what can be included. Attendees will learn techniques to immediately engage the jury and incorporate their themes, as well as how to structure and organize content for the best impact, determining what to include and what to exclude.


Meet the Speakers
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Morgan Chu


Partner Irell & Manella LLP

Morgan Chu is a Partner at Irell & Manella LLP and is currently chair of the Litigation practice group. He’s known for securing significant legal victories, including a $2.3 billion judgment for VLSI against Intel and a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court win in Peter v. NantKwest. Throughout his career, he has achieved over $9 billion in payments through his successful representation in major litigation cases.

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