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Creating a Trial Notebook and Effective Use of Evidence in California

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Produced on January 27, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

You must be organized and prepared on the first day of trial. A jury and/or judge can sense when a trial attorney is not prepared, and there is nothing more embarrassing then scrambling for documents and searching for pleadings while the jury is waiting patiently in the jury box. This not only annoys the judge, but also irritates the jury, so much so that they may vote against your client during deliberations.

You must organize your case succinctly and professionally prior to the first day of trial to avoid humiliation and frustration. Analyzing, evaluating and creating your trial notebook is critical to a successful trial and obtaining a positive outcome for your client. You must have everything at your fingertips. You also must fully understand and appreciate the California Evidence Code, as well as the California Code of Civil Procedure when presenting your case to a judge and/or jury.

This course, presented by Michael H. Raichelson, owner and operator of RaichelsonLaw, P.C., provides you with clear and concise information on how to create a trial notebook, and also provides insight into the nuances of the California Evidence Code. The written materials include samples of major portions of a trial notebook, as well as information on where to locate necessary resources for your trial notebook.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Know the contents of an effective trial notebook

  2. Evaluate and prepare jury instructions and special verdict forms under California law

  3. Understand the California Evidence Code and its interactions with other California Codes impacting the effective presentation of evidence at trial

  4. Identify how your discovery requests and responses can be effectively used under the California Evidence Code at trial

  5. Present documents and/or testimony at trial while overcoming objections to your evidence

Credit Information

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Michael H. Raichelson

The Law Offices of Michael H. Raichelson

Michael H. Raichelson has over 18 years of experience helping individuals and businesses throughout California and the United States manage their debt problems and find solutions that give them a fresh start. No matter how simple or complex your financial situation may be, the Law Offices of Michael H. Raichelson offer personalized and comprehensive attorney services that not only solve problems through bankruptcy, but also provide strategies to preserve clients’ futures as they move forward in life after bankruptcy.

Born, raised and educated in California, Michael H. Raichelson grew up in Los Angeles before attending the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduating with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. He would later attain his Juris Doctor and graduate cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. Since then, he has taught numerous legal and paralegal classes, which serving as a lecturer in elementary through high school regarding legal rights and responsibilities. Mr. Raichelson has also given back to the community by serving on the Board of Governors for United Cerebral Palsy and as an attorney-coach for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, where he educated high school students on trial skills.

Prior to founding the Law Offices of Michael H. Raichelson and focusing on California bankruptcy, Mr. Raichelson acquired substantial experience in complex litigation in state and federal courts, including the federal multi-district court. He is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist, the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. He also worked for a multi-state law firm specializing in real estate litigation and has represented a vast range of clients, including real estate developers and brokers, mortgage and escrow companies, banks, insurers, CEOs and other law firms.

Mr. Raichelson has helped hundreds of people solve problems with tax debt in California and start over fresh by way of Chapter 7 bankruptcy. His service to both his clients and the community has earned him substantial recognition from his peers and colleagues. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the California Bankruptcy Forum and the Los Angeles County Bankruptcy Forum. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. In 2011, Mr. Raichelson was recognized as one of the top lawyers in the Los Angeles area, earning inclusion in California Super Lawyers for Southern California.


Katherine A.

Great MCLE with specific examples, lots of details, easy to listen to and understand.

Steven S.

the practice tips from personal experience were very useful

Lisa A.

This is one of the best programs. Great practical and useful content and great speaker!

Pamela S.

Usable pro tips in all 90 minutes. Stellar.

Kathleen J. P.

Two thumbs up!

Mark P.

Great Presenter

Barbara N.

The instructor was comprehensive and provided a detailed map to get to trial and meet all the discovery requirements. He highlighted the important evidence rules, provided excellent outlines that would help in preparation and checklists. One of the best presentations I've seen.

George C.

A clear and concise primer on trial prep in California

Nickolaus F.

It was GREAT to see a real CA course presented by a smart CA attorney!

Bonnie F.

Excellent review in regards to trial preparation.


This program is one of the best. It goes through just about all of the important points of preparing for and conducting trial for both the plaintiff and defendant points of view.

Mark K.

Outstanding overview. Great tips. Very practical. I'll come back to this video before my next court trial.

Gerald C.


Dave D.

Good class

Thomas H.

One of the most practical presentations I've endured!

William H.

Particularly helpful in preparing for trial

Howard K.

Good speaker! Happy that it was specific to CA law!

Erin H.

Lots of useful practical knowledge and good presentation.

Robin E.

So much useful information! crammed into such a short period of time!

Clayton K.

This was the best, most useful presentation in the series.

Kenneth R.

Really good program. A mix of civil procedure, evidence, trial practice, and general nuts and bolts advice. A lot of information in what is a very listenable presentation. One of the best programs I've seen on Lawline!

Mark S.

pretty basic

Zvi S.


Dario R.

Best practical course to date as it deals specifically with California law.

Stephen T.

Great to access some California oriented material.


Excellent. Well organized. Articulate.

Nicole N.

Very helpful information, thank you!

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