By James I. Wiedemer, Attorney at Law and Center for Advanced Legal Studies’ Real Estate Law Professor
I really don't want to go to trial without a litigation paralegal. It's just too hard to stay organized and fight hard without one. One of the key things a litigation paralegal does is "man" the trial notebook. It's sort of like manning the main gun on a tank. It's a key weapon at trial. I’d like to share a couple of thoughts on good trial paralegals and good trial notebooks— the two, in my book, are virtually synonymous.
Winston Churchill once said of one of his key staffers: "He knew everything. He could lay his hand on anything. He said nothing. He had the confidence of all." Paralegals need to be a lot like Winston Churchill's staffer. Although they don't get to testify or present at trial in a verbal sense, nevertheless they are key fighters in the case. They know everything, and they can lay their hand on any paper. Here are 6 tips every paralegal needs to know about the trial notebook.