CAIL ILT 57th Annual IP Law Conference

Enjoyed moderating the judges panel with Judge Barker from EDTX and Judge Clark Cheney from the ITC today at the ILT’s IP Law Conference at CAIL. Judge J. Campbell Barker for EDTX-Tyler and Judge Clark Cheney from the International Trade Commission discussed their practices and provided pointers on written and oral advocacy at the ILT’s annual IP Law conference at CAIL today. Both are former clerks to CAFC judge William C. Bryson, so there was a lot of agreement, and I had a great time working with them to prepare the presentation. They also exchanged their favorite typographical formatting cheat codes, but I’m sworn to secrecy on that.

Marshall’s Memorial City Hall Reopened

The construction two doors down from the federal courthouse is now (mostly) complete. MCH reopened Saturday with its first concert, with Gary P. Nunn in two weeks.

Memorial City Hall was originally built in 1927 as a memorial to Harrison County soldiers who died in World War I. A plaque was added in the 1940’s with the names of Harrison County residents who died in World War II.

It was actually the second city hall on the site, after the first one – which copied more of the detail of the then-county courthouse across the square – burned. It housed city offices, including administration, police, fire, city courts and municipal auditorium for 67 years. The auditorium was the most important performance venue in Harrison County for over 50 years, hosting local productions like the Lions Loonies, school programs and dance recitals.

City Hall was where I had my first brush with the law when I was five or six – I got separated from my parents after a Lions Loonies show and was taken downstairs and perched on the counter of the police station. As this was before I had glasses I don’t remember anything but the counter, which had to have been oh, six or seven feet tall. (Yes, they found me).

The renovated building has a magnificent display on local veterans in the basement, “Service & Sacrifice”, but the remainder of the building is centered on its role as a downtown performance venue.

What I discovered Saturday night is that it is the perfect place to visit with friends and trade the latest gossip. It’s even better than a football game (because it’s indoors and there’s a bar).

And best of all, it doesn’t look like this anymore.

The Memorial City Hall stage in 2015

But if you’re in my offices and see metal benches around the office, that’s where they came from – the old auditorium chair seating was repurposed into benches and sold to raise money for the project. (Pro tip: don’t sit in them. They remain as uncomfortable in my office as they were in the auditorium when I was growing up. But they handle briefcases just fine!)


I’m enjoying SMU law prof David Taylor’s new blog on the Federal Circuit, FedCircuitBlog which provides coverage of the goings-on at Lafayette Square.

Professor Taylor is the Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He’s a familiar case to Texas patent practitioners – he even brought his patent law class to Marshall last year to see how the local court works.

So congratulations Professor Taylor on the new adventure, and I look forward to reading your forthcoming posts.

M/Y Galactica Star

The MV Galactica Star

I rarely have to correct David Coale’s excellent 600 Camp, but he did miss something today in discussing United States v. The M/Y Galactica Star, No. 18-20781 (5th Cir. Oct. 1, 2019).

Not the M/Y Galactica Star

He correctly noted that the MV Galactica Star is not the Battlestar Galactica, which is of course obvious since one is a motor yacht and the other isn’t. He failed to avoid confusion by noting that it is also not the Rising Star, which was another ship in the ragtag fleet that accompanied the Galactica after the Battle of Cimtar and destruction of the Twelve Colonies.

Also not the MV Galactica Star

Lest you think this is an unnecessary point to make, I remind you that the case deals with a Nigerian official with large sums of money and an appellant named LightRay, so a Battlestar Galactica reference may not actually the weirdest thing.

So say we all.