Opening Statements: Tips of the Trade

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Course Description

The opening statement is a litigator's first opportunity to tell the jury their side of the story. As such, crafting a presenting an effective opening statement is a crucial piece of any successful trial. In this program, San Francisco defense attorney and professor of Trial Advocacy at U.C. Hastings College of the Law, Julia Jayne, will cover the key points of opening statements. Drawing on her wealth of experience, Ms. Jayne will help viewers understand the purpose of the opening statement, develop a theme to introduce, and determine what elements to focus on - and what to ignore - in the opening statement. She will also provide helpful guidance on effective presentation, such as tone, physical presence, and demonstrative evidence. This program is a must for litigators.

Length: 45min

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Meet the Lecturer(s)

Julia Jayne

Julia Jayne is an accomplished trial lawyer who concentrates her practice on both white collar and general criminal defense in felony and misdemeanor cases. She represents a broad array of individuals and small businesses in state and federal court, at the investigative, pre-trial, and trial stages. Her successes range from outright case dismissals and acquittals, to extremely favorable plea agreements. Ms. Jayne also has extensive jury trial experience in both state and federal court. Her white collar criminal defense matters include prosecutions involving mail and wire fraud violations, bank & tax fraud, environmental crimes, money laundering, alien harboring, money smuggling, antitrust, immigration crimes, insider trading, false statements, identity theft, criminal contempt, tax evasion, and prosecutions with significant asset forfeiture implications. Ms. Jayne's experience in general criminal defense runs the gamut -- from violent felonies and vehicular manslaughter to drug possession and sales, sexual assault, firearms offenses, juvenile offenses, theft and fraud cases, embezzlement, robbery, burglary, and driving under the influence. Before founding Jayne Law Group, Ms. Jayne was a partner at the firm of Campbell & Jayne LLP. Ms. Jayne also previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County. After leaving the District Attorney's Office, Ms. Jayne worked as a civil litigator at Larson · King in San Francisco. Thereafter, Ms. Jayne worked as a white collar criminal defense attorney and civil litigator at Sideman & Bancroft LLP, where she was involved in the representation of several high-profile white collar criminal defense clients. Ms. Jayne is also an esteemed adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law, where she teaches a course in Trial Advocacy.

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