The activities (well, aside from golf) continue with CLE at the hotel in Plano at 2pm with panels on not lying to judges (more or less), the past, present and future of the ED Tex, a high Octane panel on patent issues and the Fifth Circuit's new hyperlink program.
Tomorrow evening continues with a reception, opening remarks by Chief Judge Davis, and dinner, which features Dallas law school deans from UNT and SMU, presentation of the Hannah award, and remarks on professionalism by Baylor President Kenneth Starr. After that we have a keynote presentation by Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Carl Stewart, also on professionalism (but less likely to involve discussion of Baylor football), followed by dessert and dancing with ED Tex veteran (in both the courthouse and the dance floor, as we now know) Emerald City (President & Mrs. Bush are not expected to accompany the band).
Thursday morning has panels on patent litigation statistics, practice in the ED Tex, yet more practice on the ED Tex, how to screw up (or not) at trial, and the Mark Cuban trial. That brings us to lunch.
Thursday afternoon is a presentation on legal writing in the cell phone age, and a panel on legal writing in a paperless world. Following a break, we get into how to invalidate patents, and a panel with Federal Circuit Judge Kimberly Moore and some of her former law clerks on practice in the Federal Circuit.
Thursday afternoon is also the panel I have been working on Circuit Judges and District Judges: What Can They Learn From One Another? What Can Lawyers Learn From Listening? with Chief Circuit Judge Sharon Prost and Judge Timothy Dyk from the Federal Circuit, Chief Judge Leonard Davis and Judge Rodney Gilstrap from the ED Tex, Judge Barbara Lynn from the ND Tex (not the legendary blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Beaumont, just in case you were wondering), and Judge Sue Robinson from the District of Delaware, with Jennifer Ainsworth, Glenn Thames and I as interactive facilitators. Not often you get six judges like this on the same panel, so I look forward to that one.
Thursday evening has another reception, dinner on your own, and then Reflections of ED Texas/ND Texas 2014 Patent Mock Trial Presented at China University, Beijing with Comparative Ethics. And After Dinner Drinks by the ND and ED Texas lawyers and judges who participated in the Presidential Suite. Discussions are set to conclude at 10:30. Drinking is expected to continue after then.
Friday morning, if we can stagger out of our respective hotel rooms after two nights of conversing about the latest trends in federal court litigation till all hours, we will be greeted with a panel on Hatch-Waxman Behind the Pine Curtain (which had damn well better be accompanied by some choice pharmaceuticals if they want anyone awake), in-house counsel wish lists, patent case management, and patent litigation management (again). Again, the first is an academic presentation, then the second has four judges who might know something about managing a patent docket: Judges Davis and Gilstrap from the Eastern District and Judges Leonard Stark and Sue Robinson from Delaware.
After a buffet lunch, attendees with be treated to a panel on current proceedings at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, Jurors Gone Wild (that's the next panel which is about juries, not the name of the BPAI panel), and then a panel of actual ED Tex patent case jurors. Whether they will, too, go wild is anyone's guess.