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We’re Just Going To Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

Training Overview

Join Zero Abuse Project this December for the End of Year Prosecutor Webinar Series, brought to you by the Trauma-informed Prosecutor Project (TiPP), funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Our December Prosecutor Institute promises to be an insightful journey, spanning three weeks and encompassing six crucial topics. To accommodate participants across different time zones, each topic will be presented twice on its designated day. Be sure to register separately for each training session you wish to attend.

In this workshop, students will explore the significance of employing effective strategies and themes for opening statements and closing arguments in child abuse cases. They will develop a persuasive theme for presenting their case and acquire specific arguments to convincingly demonstrate a child’s credibility. Additionally, students will gain the skills to refute common defenses often encountered in child abuse cases.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a compelling theme for jury presentations.
  • Acquire a versatile set of arguments applicable to various child abuse cases.
  • Master effective strategies to counter common defense arguments.

About Presenter

Kathleen Nolan – Senior Attorney

Kathleen Nolan is a Senior Attorney with Zero Abuse Project. She joined the team in May of 2021.  She brings over 15 years of experience as a Prosecutor in the area of Child Protection.

Kathleen previously served as the Chief of the Children’s Justice Division in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office in Madison County, Illinois. She was appointed to that role in 2015 after joining the office in 2013. The Children’s Justice Division handled the charging and prosecution of all child victim cases in the county including physical abuse, sexual assault and child deaths. Her role as Chief of the Division also involved mentoring and training the attorneys she supervised. She also created and presented specialized trainings for members of the Madison County Multi-Disciplinary Team including police, forensic interviewers and Department of Children and Family Services workers.

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December 1, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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