When I got back in the office recently after being out for a few days with a seminar, there was an odd-shaped box on my desk, with a letter from Pat Nester, Director of TexasBarCLE notifying me that I am one of the eight 2010 recipients of TexasBarCLE's Standing Ovation award.
Horrified, I read that I had spoken at State Bar CLE seminars at least 24 times in the past ten years (sometimes not about patent venue, their records showed - interesting bit of trivia there) and had served on more CLE planning seminars than they could count (they have me snagged for three this year that I know about). Worse, they had actually culled through the speaker comments about me by attendees (now there's a scary thought - I knew we read them in picking speakers but I didn't know there was this Orwellian database of speaker comments somewhere in the bowels of the State Bar building - which I would point out is technically also the bowels of the Texas Supreme Court building which licenses Texas lawyers, which conjures up all sort of uncomfortable thoughts) and produced one they thought was memorable - that I was "smarter than a treeful of owls."
Well, that one's a howler for me because what Pat doesn't know is that that one was actually by a Litigation Section friend of mine who bragged about it later - but I've always liked it, since owls are actually some of the dumber members of the avian family, as noted here by a writer that watched an owl knock itself unconscious in his car. But it was meant as a compliment and so I appreciate it.
Anyway, I am honored to receive this award from the TexasBarCLE staff like Pat Nester and Ann Kloeckner, who nominated me, since I know how hard they - and all the attorneys that volunteer their time - work to put on the best CLE in Texas. It's a privilege to work with them, and the fault of not being able to say no to these people is one I think I can handle.