It's time for the annual ED Texas bench/bar in Plano. The brochure announcing the festivities is available on the ED website, and can be downloaded here - see Download Bench Bar 2015PROOF 9-4-15.
This year's event has the usual attractions – judges from the district courts for the Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Southern District of New York, Southern District of California, and Central District of California. Adding to the festivity, we will also have a lecture of law school deans, a robe of former Eastern District judges and a dissent of Federal Circuit and Fifth Circuit judges.
The many topics are too numerous to go through individually, but if you ever wanted to know when and why the Eastern District of Texas adopted the patent rules of the Northern District of California, this is your chance. We even have an economist who will be speaking after hours in the Presidential Suite. The content of his opinions will potentially be passed on by some of the assembled district judges, whose ruling will then have an 80% chance of being reversed by the Federal Circuit judges in attendance. Oh, and there's a Texas bourbons tasting bar at the opening reception. How could you miss this kind of fun?
Speaking of mock trials, lest anyone be bored, the ABA Litigation Institute of Trial will be presenting a mock trial The Estate of Tom McLaury v. Wyatt Earp, with Wyatt Earp played by… Wyatt Earp. No, he's not an impersonator – that's his name. You have to show up to see what I mean. Judge Royal Furgeson (now one of the aforementioned deans) will be presiding since he used to handle the Pecos docket. Hearing his evidentiary rulings alone is worth the price of admission. (I'm told they have in the past been the price of admission to the Fifth Circuit as well. But seriously, folks...).
Finally, thanks to a ragtag bunch of lawyers who have taken to calling themselves the Posse, we have a very special additional opening event. In addition to the traditional golf at Gleneagles, the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association is proud to announce the East Texas Shooting Excursion at the Frisco Gun Club. If you have never fired a gun, this is your chance. All experience levels are accommodated, and everything you need will be provided. It's a great facility and you'll have a lot of fun at the range - regardless of experience level - we'll have lots of staff available to assist you with the different options. There is a machine gun option, but it will cost a little more. No, that's not a joke. This is Texas. My law partner Larry Phillips, who sponsored the recently passed "open carry" legislation in the Texas Legislature will be available for autographs at the event. Okay, that is a joke, but just the autographs part.
All in all, this is going to be another terrific bench/bar. We look forward to seeing many of our friends and colleagues there.