January is typically a busy month around the office, with a lot of catching up to do following holidays, as well as continuing the catch-up after our family's recent vacation in early December. But it's also a busy month for writing for me, especially this year. I wanted to post with links to several pieces of writing I've done recently, mainly because three are columns prefacing three good publications that I commend to your reading list, and the other two might have some information that would be of interest to readers. So to the extent anyone is interested, here are this month's pieces.
- Chair's column, Texas Bar Journal, January 2013. This month is notable for two reasons - first, it begins our year-long celebration of the Bar Journal's 75th anniversary, and second, we are introducing a graphic redesign of the magazine. (That my picture is four times the size of the current State Bar president's in his column is a glitch we will be working out in future issues, I expect).
- Patent Litigation Update: Year in Review 2012, Texas Bar Journal, January 2013. I have written this article several times, and this year focused on the effect of In re EMC and the AIA on multidefendant patent litigation, as well as how courts in Texas are dealing with these issues.
- Chair's column, State Bar Litigation Section quarterly publication The Advocate, Volume 61 winter 2012. The current issue on environmental litigation isn't posted yet, but the prior issues through last quarter's Social Media issue are. (Members of the section get the current Advocate in paper prior to its being uploaded to the site).
- Chair's column, State Bar Litigation Section News for the Bar, winter 2012. As always, NFTB includes a Federal Update column for those interested in scooping up some timely caselaw.
- Social Media Update, 29th Annual Litigation Update, January 11, 2013, Austin Texas.
Underway is Trial Procedure for the upcoming State Bar Federal Court Practice seminar in May, and a couple of others on case management and patent litigation later in the year that I have not started to think much about yet.
Also, I looked down this morning and realized that today marks the fifth anniversary of my joining Siebman, Burg, Phillips and Smith LLP. It's hard to believe it's been five years, but we've had a great time, and look forward to many more. I am reminded once again of one of my favorite quotes, which is by Admiral Clifton A.F. “Ziggy” Sprague . At the end of the Battle off Samar in 1944, Admiral Sprague commented that "[a]t best, I expected to be swimming by now." As I tell my wife, as long as we haven't had to stack my office furniture and files back in the garage, we are doing okay.