The majority of a trial lawyer's work is completed before the jury is placed in the box. The extent of trial preparation is the only means by which one* can arguably predict success. The authors of this Article hope that the reader will view the law of trial practice and procedure as modern day weaponry in the war to preserve justice. To paraphrase Mark Twain, it is a worthy thing to fight one's own fight; it is another sight finer to fight for another man's.
David A. Forehand, Jr. and Ken M. Nimmons, Trial Practice and Procedure, 44 Mercer L. Rev. 421 (1992).