Attorney, Cordell & Cordell
A tough, prepared witness can be more persuasive than the attorneys representing them.
They are calm, cool and collected. They know their facts. They can look us attorneys and the judge face-to-face, speak eloquently and sincerely about their family, their children, and so forth.
Today, I’ll let you know what you need to do the day before your trial.
With the anticipation, the tension, and the constant need to pay attention to the words of every witness, to name a few things, trial is exhausting. So get plenty of sleep.
If you can take a day off from work, do it. Review your notebook, and go to bed early. If nerves have the best of you, lighten up on the morning coffee and opt for a drink with less caffeine.
If you need to go for an early morning run or to the gym, do it. You should practice staying calm throughout your case, but most of all the day before trial.
The morning of your trial arrive to the courthouse early, have a seat in the courtroom where you will testify, and briefly review your notebook. Most of all BE CONFIDENT! You have spent weeks preparing for this day, and it will show.
If you’ve followed my advice for how to prepare for a trial at these different stages, you’ll avoid that “gotcha” moment at trial and won’t have to participate in a courtroom scene straight out of “A Few Good Men.”
Jennifer M. Paine is an Associate Attorney in the Detroit, Michigan office of Cordell & Cordell. She is licensed to practice in Michigan, and has been admitted pro hac vice in Illinois, Ohio, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Ms. Paine received her BA in English and Mathematics from Albion College and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She received her Juris Doctorate from MSU College of Law and graduated Summa Cum Laude.