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You know, I really, really, respect that you're able to do that. I know I wouldn't be.

Good luck on getting feedback.

Thank you for sharing the experience of a trial with us. I've always enjoyed when folks have been kind enough to take us behind the scenes, so to speak, especially with a schedule as busy as yours that you'd take the time. Best wishes.

Thank you for posting this. It's fascinating.

I read this before the post saying you'd won, so my palms were sweating in sympathy. That's not only fascinating, (and well done!) but a very good piece of writing.

Thanks for the compliment on the writing--it's nice to hear, particularly from someone whose writing and critical facilities I admire.

Thanks for a great record of what it felt like to be involved in a trial, you conveyed the weight of it so well. There’s so much that is glossed over in popular knowledge.

Thanks for the comments, guys; I'm glad you found it interesting. I've now also put it up as a standalone essay on my personal web page.

Thanks for the play-by-play! Sounds as if the division of labor worked; hurrah for your clients, and what a great way to start off your trial career. It'll be interesting to see what, if anything, the jurors have to say.

Glad you enjoyed it, though I deliberately stayed away from what I would have considered a real play-by-play. I started writing one, about how the opening statements and direct examinations and cross examinations went, and then realized that it would either be unprofessional (if I said how I thought they all went) or boring (if I didn't). Also it would have been very long. So I re-focused on my internal landscape during the thing.

Most people pretty well know the anatomy of a trial, anyway, from popular culture, though if you tried to pull most of the things you see on TV in a real courtroom you would realize what a Bad Idea they are. =>

I'm sure the nervousness will get better as you get more experienced.

I know I was nervous as hell the first time I interviewed a patient... (Or took a blood sample, or took an arterial blood sample, or listened to heart and lungs...)

Well, the nervousness of doing examinations or whatever will doubtless get better: that's a skill and confidence in skills increases with experience.

However, I don't think the nervousness of waiting for the jury to come back will get better. My co-counsel has been doing this for much longer than I and he was also a wreck. You can just never tell what a jury's going to do, no matter how skillful you were, so it's not the same.


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