Next week will be nearly as busy as this week, as I will be speaking in both Houston and Austin on issues generally revolving around the December 1, 2015 amendments to the discovery rules in federal court.
I have posted previously on the Dallas and San Antonio sites, but next Wednesday morning I will be presenting my Federal Update paper at the State Bar Advanced Civil Trial seminar at the Westin Oaks in Houston. The paper focuses on the effect of the new federal discovery rules, drawing on Professor Lonny Hoffman and Anna Rotman's paper on this topic from the prior year, with a liberal helping of Fifth Circuit cases courtesy of David Coale's 600camp.com weblog.
Which is a good thing because the next day I will be on a panel with David and U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez of San Antonio in Austin, FRCP 26 and New Discovery Trends, which will be drawing on, let me see, Prof. Hoffman's paper again. (Now how did that happen?) The panel is part of UT Law's 39th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation conference, which will be held October 29-30 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. You can see the program agenda and register online at www.utcle.org/conferences/PL15.
To paraphrase President Kennedy, the latter will be the best explanation of recent developments in federal discovery rules with the possible exception of when a UH student leaned into Professor Hoffman's office last week and said "Dean, what's up with all these new rules?" (Professor Hoffman is shown in hard core law prof mode testifying before the House Judiciary Committee three weeks ago on pending legislation involving the removal statutes. He's against it, but appreciated the bottled water).