Tips for Putting Together the All-Important Trial Notebook
It almost goes without saying that a successful trial lawyer needs to be thoroughly prepared. But hard work alone is not enough, and even the most prodigious memory will carry you only so far.
A successful trial lawyer also needs to be carefully organized. In particular, you need a system of organization that permits you to access information - in the courtroom, in the heat of battle - and to convey it to the jury and the judge in a coherent and persuasive way.
The basic organizational tool for trial lawyers is a trial notebook. This is a three-ring binder (or multiple binders) that contains the information you will need during the trial.