Want to See My Case at Trial.. Please Help!

by admin 25. November 2013 12:35

Dear Jane,

I am on a case that is scheduled to be tried this fall.  I’d like to see the trial instead of being stuck back at the office.  How do I make this ask?


Want To Be a Trial Lawyer


Dear Want To Be a Trial Lawyer,

What has your role been on the matter to date?  How many people are on the trial team?  How does the client want the trial handled?  These are a few of the questions you need to find answers to in order to put together a game plan.  You should do your due diligence and then begin the process of asking for a role and listening to the response.  Set out your expectations, for example, “I’d like to sit in the courtroom,” “I want to prep a witness,” “I want to handle a witness.”  Prepare your best arguments as to why it is in the client’s best interests and present them to the decision maker on the team.  Be prepared to get a negative response and, if you do, ask “why not.”  You still have time to address the “why nots” and ask again for the opportunity you are seeking.  


Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.


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