I was in trial the other day and it was clear the other side’s sole intent was to take so long that the trial would not finish and would have to be continued to another day. He went on and on with pointless questions. I was growing quite bored. I noticed my client had brought some Ice Breakers mints. I got one, and then another. For some reason, the Ice Breakers made the monotony bearable. I thought then and there that I should never go to trial again without Ice Breakers.
An important tip is to open the flap before trial and then leave it open so you do not have a problem with a snapping sound when opening and closing during trial. I have previously published a “Brief Case Packing Checklist” in my book Forms, Procedures and Checklists for the Family Lawyer, ABA, available at ababooks.org. Ice Breakers have been added to the list.