A few years ago, I was a young, new lawyer sitting in a district court courtroom with my client for a hearing. When the judge took the bench, she instructed all attorneys who intended to have trials or hearings that day to exchange exhibits prior to coming up. As instructed, I stood up and signaled to opposing counsel to step outside of the courtroom.

When we were outside, I was eager and ready to exchange exhibits when opposing counsel announced that he did not intend to provide me with copies of his exhibits, even after I gave him mine. Innocently, I asked him “Do you not have an extra copy for me? Did you not hear the judge?”

“No,” he said. ” I won’t exchange my exhibits with you.”

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