Updating the Weblog

As readers can tell, we are doing some work on the weblog’s back end to upgrade some of the programs that connect the blog to the subscriber features, but should shortly have everything back in good working order. In the meantime, some subscriptions may not have been renewed as they should have been, meaning that you can’t get to the full post with a copy of the order being analyzed. If you find yourself in that boat and want a specific order & post, just email me at michaelsmith@marshalltexashub.com and I’ll shoot you the article and order.

Congratulations to Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III – 2024 Baylor Lawyer of the Year

I was honored at attend the Friday event in Plano at which Judge Mazzant received the 2024 Baylor Lawyer of the Year award. He is the fifth EDTX judge to receive the honor, beginning with Judge Sam. B. Hall, Jr. in 1991. As Judge Barbara Lynn once observed, for any event involving Judge Mazzant you know two things. Judge Mazzant is going to cry, and there will be cookies. And yes, there were cookies. Judge Mazzant provided an enormous selection, and included bags for recipients to take home their favorites.

Now “That’s” What I’m Talking About

El Paso federal courtroom – Carol M. Highsmith

Several years ago a college girlfriend of mine posted about an experience she had on a sidewalk. She had selected a somewhat innovative outfit – I don’t recall the details but something about leggings and a net tunic and something else. A little edgy, but she had faith in it. As she crossed a small park a man in front of her stopped to look at her. She was a little uncomfortable until he broke out into a smile and shouted “now ‘that’s’ what I’m talking about!” She said it just made her day, and I could just see the smile on her face. I had one of those moments reading Judge Kathleen Cardone of El Paso’s order in Proxense v. LG, which noted that she had received a follow-on case – the fifth to allege the same patents (apparently due to the new Waco docket allocation order). “To facilitate effective docket management,” she wrote, “all related cases are ordinarily allocated to the Judge that was randomly assigned the earliest-numbered related case” citing the 2003 random assignment order I noted the other day, and reassigned the case to Judge Albright, who co-signed the order to confirm his consent to the reassignment. http://edtexweblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Proxense-Reassignment-Order.pdf Now ‘that’s’ what I’m talking about. An order that facilitates effective docket management.

FREE CLE – “AI-101 For Experienced Trial Lawyers” – ABOTA Foundation Webinar

I am pleased to announce a special extended two-hour free webinar (.5 hour ethics) next Tuesday from noon to 2pm Texas time on AI for trial lawyers – current agenda HERE. The panel is open to all, and you can register for free HERE. After a welcome by ABOTA president La’Verne Edney, Professor Liz Fraley will talk about ethics, and I will chair a panel of lawyers on the use of AI in pretrial and discovery. Judge Jerome Evans will wrap us up with a judicial panel including Texas federal judges Xavier Rodriguez from the WDTX and our Tex-ABOTA Jurist of the Year Amos Mazzant from the EDTX. It will be informative and fun. Did I mention it’s free too?

Judge Stetson’s Observations For Lawyers

Judge Christine Stetson’s recent report and recommendations in the Molina v. Etech case included hearing transcripts which I thought generated some great tips for lawyers providing guidance when there is a judge involved. They are:

– When the Court calls you and leaves a message, you need to return that telephone call.

– I can’t help the fact that you don’t understand what I’m saying.

– It is not harassment for a party to engage in relevant discovery. It’s just not.

– You can speak when I’m done.

Good advice.