I recently had the privilege of working with renowned trial lawyers Marc Dedman from Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC in Nashville and Ron Waicukauski from Price Waicukauski & Riley, LLC in Indianapolis. Together, we taught young lawyers about opening and closing statements on May 16-18, 2013 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. The Primerus Young Lawyer Boot Camp was the second annual conference for young trial lawyers sponsored by the Primerus Young Lawyer Section. Last year the conference was in Florida and was focused on taking depositions.
In my view, the boot camp this year was very successful. Although we were working with a limited number of participants, each young lawyer was able to get up on their feet and work through organizational, theme, delivery and impact issues. Each lawyers’ execution on the second day was markedly better than the first as the faculty and students were able to positively critique and make recommendations following each performance.
As Marc Dedman commented, our preparation for the conference and our work with the students was educational for us as well. By thinking about and studying the literature concerning opening and closing statements, we were able to develop new insights and skills that we can use the next time we have the privilege of standing before a jury and representing our client’s cause.