I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say that it's nice to get out of the office (because I really like it here), but I have enjoyed and expect to enjoy speaking at a couple of senminars this month.
Last Friday I did a day trip to Houston to present Motions: Dispositive and Otherwise at the TexasBarCLE Federal Court Practice seminar, and as a bonus, moderated the lunch federal judges panel featuring district judge Keith Ellison of Houston, senior district judge Royal Furgeson of Dallas, and magistrate judge Keith Giblin of Beaumont (the only federal judge to have a degree in physics, an LLM in intellectual property law and a degree from truck driving school. Try to plan a Markman presentation around that).
Tomorrow I'm off again, this time to Denver, Colorado to participate in a panel IP Law and Practice as Seen From the Digital Beach with fellow blawgers Dennis Crouch of Patently-O and David Donoghue of Chicago IP Litigation Blog, moderated by Molly Kocialski of Oracle. The panel is part of the 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, cosponsored by the IP section of the Colorado Bar Association. For more information, see the video introduction by Molly and Nate Trelease below, where they talk about, among other things, the keynote address by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit. They actually have our panel as their first "exciting thing" after Judge Kozinski's speech - I can already tell it's going to be a great panel discussion.