Yesterday was one of those days. I got up early to drive to Dallas for a morning meeting of the Texas Bar Journal board of editors, which broke with tradition (which has the meetings taking place in a law office conference room) by being held in the Lawyers' Inn at SMU's Dedman School of Law, hosted by Prof. Xuan-Thao Nguyen, who has written and symposed (whoa, going all Sarah Palin on you there) extensively on the Eastern District of Texas' patent docket.
Right after the meeting, Prof. Nguyen had us pay for the privilege by giving the Intellectual Property Association student membership a panel discussion by board of editors members on social media and blogging. Board members Mitch Smith from Beaumont (who inappropriately excluded my wisdom teeth from evidence in a 1991 Practice Court trial at Baylor - not that I'm carrying a grudge or anything), Professor John Browning of Dallas (who actually teaches at SMU on this topic), Steve Fisher of Rockport and I spoke to students for about an hour about social media, blogging, and the lessons from the recent Troll Tracker litigation.
Then at 1:30 it was back over to the Lawyers' Inn where Prof. David Taylor had me speak to his Patent Law class for an hour about patent litigation in general and in the Eastern District of Texas in particular. We started with something a little unusual - I happened to have a telephonic hearing on a patent case with Judge Gilstrap during the time Professor Taylor had me scheduled to speak at that time, so with the consent of the parties and the Court, I did it via speakerphone with the class listening in. Probably more interesting than a Power Point, and certainly more informative to Texas law student interested in patent litigation.