Riding the Rails

Marshall Depot & Ginocchio Hotel (now a restaurant)

I had a hearing in a patent case in Dallas Monday morning after Sunday’s afternoon’s game, which gave me an excuse to ride the train home to Marshall Monday afternoon.

The time was same as a drive (including a stop for dinner), but I had time to work, nap, read, and tell my companions in the dining car more than they wanted to know about Marshall’s train history. (They were nice enough to make sure I got off at my stop).

Disappointingly, we didn’t stop at Buc-ee’s. Amtrak needs to look into that.

State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section TIPSheet – Fall 2019

I am pleased to report that the September issue of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section’s quarterly TIPSheet newsletter is out. It’s the first since I assumed the duties of editing it, and I’ve enjoyed the process and look forward to getting to work on the December issue. Don’t worry – no bad jokes or arcane historical references. (Yet).

In addition to Section news and information, it features a substantive article on tomorrow’s Pro Bono IP Workshop in Nacogdoches, which I’ll be attending to fetch drinks for the real patent lawyers, as well as one on recent amendments to the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA)—also known as the Texas anti-SLAPP statute.

Section members get an email with a link to the individual articles and sections – the link below is the entire newsletter in one file. I hope you enjoy it.

EDTX Chief Clerk Murray Harris retirement – 1992 (updated)

I ran across this photo this morning while looking for something completely different and thought it might be of interest. It was taken at Eastern District of Texas chief clerk Murray Harris’ retirement in 1992 after 18 years on the job, and shows most of the then-EDTX judges with a couple of guests. Shown (l to r) are:

  • EDTX Magistrate Judge Robert Faulkner
  • EDTX District Judge Joe Fisher
  • EDTX Magistrate Judge Wendell Radford
  • EDTX Magistrate Judge Earl Hines
  • EDTX District Judge Paul Brown
  • EDTX District Judge Richard Schell
  • EDTX District Judge William Wayne Justice
  • 5th Circuit Judge Tom Reavley
  • EDTX Chief Clerk Murray Harris
  • EDTX Chief District Judge Robert Parker
  • EDTX BR Judge Houston Abel
  • EDTX District Judge Sam B. Hall, Jr.
  • EDTX Magistrate Judge Harry W. McKee
  • EDTX District Judge William Steger
  • NDTX District Judge Terry Means
  • EDTX Magistrate Judge Charles Attaway

Why did the EDTX judges picture include two out of district judges, Judge Tom Reavley and Terry Means? Because they were family. As I learned this morning from Murray’s daughter Ruth Yeager, they were both married to Murray’s sisters, i.e. they were his brothers-in-law.