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July 2010 , Page 24 

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Strength Through Structure: Constructing Winning Closing Arguments With Classical Form

By Jaime Escuder

Form: Hallmark of the Enduring

When asked to explain the role that form plays in his compositions, classical guitarist and composer David Leisner said: “Form is very important to me because I feel that if you hang the content of what you have to say on some kind of form, whether it is an established form like a sonata, or a new form, or a form that you may not quite be able to articulate, but can sense tangibly, then your piece is more enduring.”1 

Similarly, lawyers can rely upon form to help their arguments endure. After all, a winning argument is one that persists in the minds of the jurors during their deliberations; it is the one that sympathetic jurors repeatedly invoke when other jurors consider the merits of the opponent’s position.2 By delivering their points in a logical structure, lawyers assist sympathetic jurors by providing them with arguments that are memorable, logical, and easy to articulate.

Nonetheless, many trial lawyers deliver formless argum

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