Judge Gilstrap denied the parties’ cross- motions for partial summary judgment of patentable subject matter (or not).
Judge Albright denied defendant NCR’s post verdict motions.
Judge Trey Schroeder was a little late to the party last week – he was waiting on a verdict in Marshall.
The most recent EDTX district judge Sean Jordan was formally invested Friday after the conference following a three-year COVID-induced delay.
The silver anniversary bench/bar was a great success, and I’m not just saying that because we got cartoons at the Texas Motor Speedway event.
I finished my Fifth Circuit judges panel with Sen. Cornyn’s chief counsel Ryan Raybould at 2:30, and after watching a couple more panels took it upstairs for a quick nap before the evening’s events. Thursday night was a bit of a blur (literally), with some of us heading to Texas Motor Speedway where we rode in NASCAR cars around the track at 165 mph, with others hitting the law clerk party, after which everyone gathered back at the hotel for a late dessert and whiskey tasting reception hosted by the North and East Texas Inns of Court. (I mentioned the cartoons, right?) There were also booths for lip imprint and handwriting recognition, as well as custom hats. I didn’t see any armadillos being petted, but it was late. I heard lawyers 25 years my junior complain that they couldn’t stay up with the law clerks any more, and decided that was my cue for bed.
Friday’s panels were outstanding, and the conference ended with an engrossing account of the investigation that led to the capture of the Boston Massacre suspects. Typically attendance really falls off the last morning – but not this year.
Congratulations to conference planners Jennifer Ainsworth, Melissa Smith, Andrea Williams-McCoy and Andrea Brunson, and a host of court staff and session chairs for a great silver anniversary!
First panel this morning is judges – NDCA Seeborg, Del Andrews & Connolly, WDTX Yeakel, EDTX Mazzant, CAFC Stark. One judge says extra pages = fact issue, just FYI.
Enjoying interview with Yellowstone writer Taylor Sheridan.
Great panel on the importance of diverse trial teams, featuring CAFC Judge Kara Stoll and EDTX Magistrate Judge Kimberly Priest Johnson.
Yep, we’re fondling armadillos at the bench/bar. In fairness, we were in the NDTX at the time. Great drone show at the end of the evening. A selection is shown below.
Second panel is PTO director Kathi Vidal and immediate past director Andrei Iancu.