September 1, 1998
A. Communicate well: Tell an honest story
1. Organization through preparation. An ill prepared lawyer is quite visible and undermines the court's and jury's confidence in your case and your client and ultimately undercuts your own confidence.
2. Honesty before the jury. You must earn your credibility.
B. A Trial Notebook:
1. Enhances your Credibility with Judge, jury and defense counsel. You've sent a strong message; I am prepared.
2. Allows expression of your courage, your conviction, your confidence and your belief in your client and case.