May 2008

Quick–two 2Ls recently won the World Hog Wrestling Championships down in Sabinal–which Texas law school do they attend?

(a) Texas Tech School of Law;
(b) Sul Ross College of Law (if it existed);
(c) Texas A&I College of Legal Learnin’ (both nonexistent and defunct); or
(d) Baylor Law School.

I guessed Texas Tech too, but I was flat wrong. The two hogtamers temporarily hail from no less than Waco, Texas.

Pig Soooooey

The hog they bested was no doubt not as large as the one pictured above, but equally as impressive as law students are usually more known for acting like swine instead of wrasslin’ them. Congrats to both the victors.

Thx to Tex Parte Blog and Above the Law


Well, kind of.

U.S. Western District of Texas Judge Fred Biery cancelled this morning’s hearing in LULAC of Texas v. Texas, No. SA-08-CA-389-FB (W.D. Tex. 2008 ) (order cancelling hearing on Plaintiff’s Motion for Temporary Injunction), because:

the Court sees no reason for a hearing with testimony. Moreover, numerous gallons of $4.00 a gallon gasoline would be expended for a significant number of persons to appear with the result being an oral presentation of already written arguments.

Id. at 2.

Thx to Postcards From the Lege


The National Portrait Gallery is our nation’s repository for its most famous portraits of its most revered citizens … and Stephen Colbert.

As the Capitol Crowd recounts, Colbert’s portrait arrived at its place of honor after:

Colbert trie[d] to convince the Smithsonian that he should be considered a national treasure. He attempt[ed] to donate his portrait to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, but the museum’s director suggest[ed] that perhaps Colbert should speak to the National Portrait Gallery.

By the way, the hallowed location at which Colbert’s portrait sits is between the public restrooms. However, his painted likeness has apparently doubled visitation at the National Portrait Gallery.

Et tu Colbert?

The only thing that could have possibly made his portrait even better is if he was painted while wearing his American armor, courtesy of an Austin artisan.

Thx to Capitol Crowd

SCOTUS superlawyer Tom Goldstein posted this hilarious sendup of the classic personal injury lawyer TV ad, only this time aimed at clients needing SCOTUS bar appellate counsel.

Thx to Tom Goldstein and AbovetheLaw


Some double entendres should never be put in print. See title, supra.

No, the above quote does not refer to what most non-distaff readers might assume. Instead, it actually describes a problem faced by many contemporary legal writers when attempting to sit down and write cogently.

In a recent article, Bryan Garner and others noted that the press of modern distractions, “including texting, e-mail on a desktop computer, Blackberry messages,” and–dare I say–blogs, lures lawyers into “losing concentration with what they’re writing about,” which ultimately “negatively impacts both the continuity and even the accuracy of their product.”

I, for one, think this is hogwash because … well, dangit, I lost my train of thought.

Thx to and the National Law Journal


If any of you are afflicted with the same degenerate compulsion as I am–the urge to blog–see this excellent/depressing post by Todd Smith at the Texas Appellate Law Blog for why you will likely be better served by NOT blogging anonymously (as I do).

Thx to the Texas Appellate Law Blog

Damn shame

The big hail storm that hit Austin two days ago will leave at least one lasting scar on one Texas’ most treasured sites. The 22 wooded acress surrounding the Capitol has long been a favorite of my family as a great picknicking site on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

No more

Sadly, seven to eight oak trees on the Capitol grounds, estimated to be between 75 to 100 years old, bore the brunt of the swirling winds this past Wednesday night and were uprooted in the storm. The State Preservation Board estimates that some fifteen more trees have major damage, some of which may also have to be removed. See video of the damage here.

Apparently, some of the burled trunks will be saved to make gavels.

* * * UPDATE * * *

More video of the Capitol grounds damage here.


Thx to Texas on the Potomac, KEYE, Austinist, and the Statesman

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