My favorite part of this year's bench/bar thus far is the way visiting Judge Shira Scheindlin from SDNY is getting a workout. She presented on e-discovery before this morning's first panel, then participated on the panel, then got a break (theoretically) where she answered questions about e-discovery and federal rule topics from attendees (like me) who recognize her as a major thought leader on these issues. Now she is back up for the conference's flagship panel on effectively managing patent cases without weakening the system that protects legitimate innovation - along with Judge Lynn from the NDTX, Judge Bencivengo from the SDCal and former EDTX chief judge Leonard Davis. It's great that we can get speakers like this - it's even better when the conference organizers take advantage of them by slotting them multiple times on the different topics we all want to hear from them on. So kudos to these speakers - primarily judges - that gladly agree to pull double shifts for the benefit of the attendees.