Eastern District of Texas: Past & Present

I enjoyed very much this special presentation hosted by the Grayson and Collin County Bar Associations and the Judge Paul Brown and Curt B. Henderson Inns of Court last week. Senior Judges Richard Schell and Ron Clark spoke on the history and unique culture of the district, moderated by U.S. District Judge Judge Sean Jordan. The high point for me was Judge Schell’s description of being chief judge as being like being president of a cemetery – you’re over a lot of people but nobody’s listening to you.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III Named 2024 Jurist of the Year by Tex-ABOTA

I am happy to report that the EDTX’ own Judge Amos Mazzant has been named as the recipient of Tex-ABOTA’s 2024 Jurist of the Year award. Judge Mazzant was nominated by the East Texas chapter, and while I mistakenly stated when presenting his nomination in Fort Worth Saturday that he was also nominated by the Dallas chapter, they corrected the record by stating (incorrectly) that they had “co-nominated” him. Whatever. The important thing is that Dallas supported him as well. Congratulations to Judge Mazzant!

Two WDTX Vacancies Filled

The Senate approved two of President Biden’s nominees for the Western District of Texas last Friday. It voted 88-7 on Friday to confirm Ernest Gonzalez, a senior attorney adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section, and then 90-8 to confirm El Paso Magistrate Judge Leon Schydlower, who has been on the bench since 2016. Mr. Gonzalez was a EDTX AUSA from 2003 to 2023, and was originally nominated for the position created when Judge Montalvo of WDTX – El Paso took senior status position, but was then renominated for the vacancy created when Judge Martinez of WDTX – El Paso passed. Judge Schydlower was the reverse – he was nominated for the Martinez vacancy, then withdrawn and renominated for the Montalvo one. Both positions were classified as judicial emergencies.

Judge Albright Issues New OGP

Almost as if to underscore my thesis’ statement that procedures in patent cases change regularly, Judge Albright is in the process of issuing a new version of his OGP – this one will be v. 4-4 It will be uploaded to your devices tonight assuming they are plugged in and connected to the Internet. If your version doesn’t come with a tiny pair of cowboy boots, let me know.

December Marshall Patent Status Conferences

Okay, this was technically not during yesterday’s scheduling conferences, but the courtroom was nearly as crowded. Some 39 lead cases involving 62 cases received Markman and trial settings at the bimonthly scheduling conferences yesterday. But attorneys were not required to appear wearing lights (which is a requirement for participating in the annual Christmas parade. At least if you want to win in your category).