“Trial Procedure in Federal Court” – 2019 Texas Association of Paralegals Conference

I had a really great time Friday afternoon as one of the presenters at TAPA’s 2019 statewide conference, which was held in Longview, hosted by the always overachieving members of the Northeast Texas Association of Paralegals. I presented on the topic of trial procedure in federal court (paper attached – similar to the paper I’m presenting in Austin next month), and at the conclusion of my presentation had a great Q&A with the attendees about different courtroom issues, ranging from “how much of this would apply in Judge Yeakel’s court” to the cons of putting female attorneys at counsel table as window dressing (there are no pros unless you’re the other side). The absolute high point for me was when one of the attendees wanted a selfie with the editor of the federal O’Connor’s. I can die happy now!

Congratulations Lady Bears!

It was a close-run thing at the end after one of Baylor’s “bigs” Lauren Cox went down near the end of the third quarter, and Baylor’s 12 point lead evaporated like claims on the eve of trial. But they hung in there and defeated an outstanding Notre Dame team defending their championship from last year by a single point, 82-81 on an almost last second layup by LSU graduate transfer Chloe Jackson. My mother would have been so pleased (she did the reverse of Chloe, graduating from Baylor and then getting her masters at LSU).

Our herd watched the Lady Bears’ first playoff win as couple of weeks ago in Waco, and only wish we could have been in Tampa last night to celebrate.

Flyers and Buyers

Our firm is proud to be a sponsor of Loyola College Prep’s Law Studies Department for their “Flyers and Buyers” business pitch competition. (It’s Flyers because that’s the school mascot – Snoopy as a WW I fighter pilot). No, seriously – the letter from Charles Schultz in 1966 authorizing the school to use the logo is framed in the main office).

Attorney and long-suffering Saints fan Joe Landreneau sponsors the team, which presents business pitches in a competition for real money for businesses the students are currently developing. Three prospective businesses ranging from gift wrapping to organic vegetables made the cut this year. First prize was a $500 investment into the winning company, which was Senior Luke Jackson’s company– Luke’s Organic Mushrooms.

Go Flyers!

BBQ and federal courts

Had a great time at lunch today out at the new Bear Creek Smokehouse event center near Marshall as a fill-in speaking to a local civic group about activity in the local federal courts.

The timing was perfect, with my Advocate article on the effect of TC Heartland on Texas courts just coming out from under wraps today, and I passed out copies along with a couple of pages from recent Docket Navigator reports with the relevant information highlighted – click through for copies. I had actually not been out to the new center, and enjoyed the visit (and the barbecue) very much. The last time I was out there was when the Shoults’ new home (which is next door) was on the new homes tour the year before we built our place – which makes it 2003 or a little earlier.