How to provide trial support and logistics
January 13, 2012 10:52 AM Subscribe
Any tips or other help on managing support and logistics for a civil trial, for someone with a lack of experience and skill in this area? (details inside)
posted by dredge to Work & Money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have recently started working as a lawyer. The case I have been working on for most of the past few months is going to trial, and I have been invited to come along. It is a big opportunity for me, not only to get a lot of good first-person observation, but also to make a good impression on the partner I am working for. I’ve really enjoyed working on this case, and I’d like to keep working for this guy, as he does exactly the type of law I want to practice. Great deal, right?
So when I was invited to come to trial, the partner warned me that I wouldn’t be doing much legal work. He wanted me to be able to get the benefit of seeing how it all goes down, but he already has a full trial team composed of individuals with loads of experience. To make room for me, he is bringing me out instead of a support person that usually comes along. Thus, most of what I’ll be doing is helping with logistics: driving people around, ordering food, running to Kinkos to copy stuff, attempting to jury-rig the printer if it jams, etc. (to clarify for those in the legal world, I’m not responsible for the paralegal work, the team includes a super talented and experienced paralegal)
I am totally down for all the grunt work, I’m glad to be included and hope I can be useful while I’m doing some great observation. Here is the only problem: I am an awful choice to be the “logistics guy.” I am disorganized, absent-minded, a crappy driver, etc. I have little experience with this role professionally, and I’m bad enough at dealing with my personal minutiae with resourcefulness and grace that all my friends know and give me a hard time about it.
What I would love is any advice, tips, etc. either from people like me who have overcome/suppressed their absent-minded-professor shtick enough to have been of some use in this capacity in the past, or from the super organized and resourceful who might be able to tell me something that hasn’t occurred to me.
I know this question is quite general and quite snowflakey, but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.