The judge is already familiar with our federal courts, as he is currently in Tyler on a fellowship watching EDTX patent trials after attending UCLA for his LLM in law, and has already logged more patent trials in a few months than many federal judges see in a career. (Yes, Marshall and Tyler is where you go for postgraduate work after finishing at UCLA - everybody knows that). He spoke last week at the EDTX bench/bar about the activities of the Korean court system vis a vis intellectual property cases. Hilariously, he told the Marshall reporter that after he and his family received such a warm welcome in California while he was studying there, he wondered if East Texas could be as friendly. (We have nailed that scalp to the wall, guys).
After spending a day with me going through the old courthouse, the historical museum, and every judge in the state level from JP through district as well as paying another visit to the federal courthouse, the judge understands the difference between Fred and Robert Newhouse, the significance of the portrait on the Confederate $100 dollar bill, what color suits are permitted next to Lady Bird Johnson's gown, and why just about every door in a Texas county courthouse except the men's room is a steel vault door. He even got to see our skating rink (which was not built by or paid for by, nor is it sponsored by, Samsung, just to make that clear) under construction on the square as we prepare for Wonderland of Lights. (Candidly, we've just taken to calling it the Samsung skating rink anyway. It really annoys Marshall Ford-Lincoln, which actually sponsors the thing).
Judge Kim still can't figure out which branch of government a "county judge" in Texas fits into, but neither can anyone else, so I told him not to worry about it. It's sort of the platypus of elected officials, so in retrospect, it was a little cruel for me to even bring it up.
We're honored to have Judge Kim with us, and wish him the best of luck with the remainder of his fellowship. Next week he watches another patent trial in another division with a different judge, and will try out the video conferencing system - he tells me there's a similar system in effect for Korean appellate courts so they can hear experts by video. Well now wouldn't that be cool to spring on the Fifth Circuit sometime!