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The Art of a Successful Opening Statement

May 10, 2016

The object of this presentation is to alert the attorney to the importance and the impact of a well thought out opening statement. We will focus on content and areas that are proper and not proper in hopes of reducing opponent's objections and possible mistrials. The lecture will then focus on strategy, giving suggestions as to what you should or should not say to make your opening more effective. Lastly there will be a nuts and bolts presentation which will include examples of content and strategy along with examples of various approaches that can be used in your opening.


The program will feature:

Dennis Sanders is a graduate of Mercer University and Mercer Law School and is currently Georgia's longest-serving active District Attorney. During his 44 years as an attorney, Dennis has been recognized as not only one of the top prosecuting trial lawyers in Georgia, but has achieved notoriety lecturing nationally on a variety of topics. His lectures include: Voire Dire, Opening Statements, Cross-Examination, Trying Murder Cases, Ethics, Professionalism, and Courtroom Presentation of Demonstrative Evidence. Dennis has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia as Mentor for future beginning lawyers and is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham award for outstanding community service.


This program will provide 1 CLE Hour including 1 Trial Practice Hour.  Once you have registered for the program, you will receive a link with instructions to access the program.


In 2013, Georgia adopted its new evidence code, patterned after the federal rules of evidence. Almost immediately, there was a divide among legal observers. Many remained fixated on pre-2013 Georgia evidence authority. Others, like ICLE's Carlson on Evidence, provided readers with expansive federal authority to apply to Georgia's new evidence code.

In a series of dramatic 2015 decisions, the Georgia Supreme Court resolved the issue. Federal case law - the Eleventh Circuit's in particular - should be used to interpret Georgia's new and federalized evidence provisions. Notable Georgia Court of Appeals decisions have aligned with this approach.

Since its first edition, Carlson on Evidence has focused on comprehensive, rule-by-rule, comparative examination of Georgia's new evidence code and its federal counterpart. In its fourth edition, Carlson on Evidence has expanded its unparalleled content even further with a wide array of 2015 Georgia and Federal evidence authority and analysis.

Make sure your law library, trial notebook, and appellate binder have the latest edition of ICLE's Carlson on Evidence.

price:  $225.00



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