Thursday, September 29, 2005

Under Texas law, attorneys are generally required to confer with each other before filing a motion. The motion must include a "Certificate of Conference" stating that the attorneys did in fact confer. More often than not, such a conference is simply formality. But the idea is that attorneys might be able to work things out without needing the court to hold a hearing.

With that brief explanation, here's a quote from a certificate of conference contained in a motion recently filed in a Dallas district court:

This will certify that on the 23rd day of September, 2005, that undersigned counsel conducted a conference with Plaintiff's Counsel.... Although never stating explicitly that she opposed the Motion for Sanctions, Plaintiff's counsel did state that the undersigned counsel and her client can "kiss my ass" and that she will see us at the courthouse. Therefore, this Motion is opposed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

It's always interesting to see how an online survey rates your political ideology....

You are a

Social Liberal
(60% permissive)

and an...

Economic Moderate
(43% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Centrist




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Monday, September 26, 2005

I haven't posted in over a week. I've been busy at work and have spent a good deal of my free computer time checking out Dedman's evacuation account. Unlike Katrina and its devastation of New Orleans, I have felt distanced from Rita. I've only driven through Beaumont and, other than a 1/2 day before our cruise ship left, haven't spent any time in Galveston in more than 15 years.
I suppose this is how non-New Orleans (or visitors to the Big Easy) felt as Katrina crashed into my favorite city.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

By the way, it's 5:45 a.m. Saturday morning. I've been up for 30 minutes. About to go for a shorter, long run (12 miles). I better keep this pace up and break 4 hours. I sure am giving up some quality sack time for this.
I'm starting to get calls from recruiters. I suppose I am at that point in my career where other firms are interested in me because I'm more or less "trained" (i.e., I can come into a new firm and hit the ground running), but it's still odd to me. The enticement to jump ship is obvious -- more money. Who wouldn't want more money? It would have to be an obscene amount of money to get me to leave -- esepcially when so many of my friends hate their firms. For the most part, I am very happy at my job. The attorneys, including the partners, are people I enjoy working with.

Something the recuiters also mention is how great their new firm is at mentoring associates. Huh? If it's so great at mentoring associates, why is there a need to hire new ones? Shouldn't the associates who started with the firm be appropriately mentored by now? Or maybe they too have jumped ship....

Sunday, September 11, 2005

This morning, my wife and I noticed our neighbors had an American Flag hung from their porch. At first, I was puzzled. "Why are they flying the flag today?" It took a moment for the realization to sink in. It's amazing how September 11 can recede so quickly in memory.
Incredible game. Our defense was unbelievable. VY put on a Heisman-worthy performance. Jamal Charles looked great. The only cause for concern--and it is quite a concern--is our kickoff coverage. Abysmal. But overall, I'm happy and can't complain with the Horns' historic performance.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

Tomorrow is the big game. I've been waiting for this since Dusty Mangum hit his field goal.

The day begins with a 16 mile run. After breakfast, I'll put on a couple pots of chili and wait for kickoff.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Anne Rice writes about New Orleans and the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in an excerpt from the New York Times:

Almost as soon as the cameras began panning over the rooftops, and the helicopters began chopping free those trapped in their attics, a chorus of voices rose. "Why didn't they leave?" people asked both on and off camera. "Why did they stay there when they knew a storm was coming?" One reporter even asked me, "Why do people live in such a place?"

Then as conditions became unbearable, the looters took to the streets. Windows were smashed, jewelry snatched, stores broken open, water and food and televisions carried out by fierce and uninhibited crowds.

Now the voices grew even louder. How could these thieves loot and pillage in a time of such crisis? How could people shoot one another? Because the faces of those drowning and the faces of those looting were largely black faces, race came into the picture. What kind of people are these, the people of New Orleans, who stay in a city about to be flooded, and then turn on one another?

Well, here's an answer. Thousands didn't leave New Orleans because they couldn't leave. They didn't have the money. They didn't have the vehicles. They didn't have any place to go. They are the poor, black and white, who dwell in any city in great numbers; and they did what they felt they could do - they huddled together in the strongest houses they could find. There was no way to up and leave and check into the nearest Ramada Inn.

What's more, thousands more who could have left stayed behind to help others. They went out in the helicopters and pulled the survivors off rooftops; they went through the flooded streets in their boats trying to gather those they could find. Meanwhile, city officials tried desperately to alleviate the worsening conditions in the Superdome, while makeshift shelters and hotels and hospitals struggled.

And where was everyone else during all this? Oh, help is coming, New Orleans was told. We are a rich country. Congress is acting. Someone will come to stop the looting and care for the refugees.

And it's true: eventually, help did come. But how many times did Gov. Kathleen Blanco have to say that the situation was desperate? How many times did Mayor Ray Nagin have to call for aid? Why did America ask a city cherished by millions and excoriated by some, but ignored by no one, to fight for its own life for so long? That's my question.

I know that New Orleans will win its fight in the end. I was born in the city and lived there for many years. It shaped who and what I am. Never have I experienced a place where people knew more about love, about family, about loyalty and about getting along than the people of New Orleans. It is perhaps their very gentleness that gives them their endurance.

They will rebuild as they have after storms of the past; and they will stay in New Orleans because it is where they have always lived, where their mothers and their fathers lived, where their churches were built by their ancestors, where their family graves carry names that go back 200 years. They will stay in New Orleans where they can enjoy a sweetness of family life that other communities lost long ago.

But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and turned your backs.

Well, we are a lot more than all that. And though we may seem the most exotic, the most atmospheric and, at times, the most downtrodden part of this land, we are still part of it. We are Americans. We are you.
To call running "fun" would be a misuse of the word. Running can be "enjoyable." Running can be "rejuvenating." But in a pure sense of the word, running is not fun.
- Dean Karnazes

Saturday, September 03, 2005

My blog comments finally got spammed, so I'm now requiring a word verification before posting. For the few of you who read this site (and actually post comments), I apologize for the inconvenience.

Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was running for office during my last year in law school. I remember him campaigning in front of De LaSalle High School on St. Charles Avenue one day while I was jogging down the neutral ground towards Audobon Park.

According to the AP, here's what he had to say about the federal government's reaction to the Hurricane Katrina crisis:

A day before President Bush headed to the hurricane-ravaged South, Mayor Ray Nagin lashed out at federal officials, telling a local radio station "they don't have a clue what's going on down here."
. . .
Nagin's interview Thursday night on WWL radio came as President Bush planned to visit Gulf Coast communities battered by Hurricane Katrina, a visit aimed at alleviating criticism that he engineered a too-little, too-late response.

Bush viewed the damage while flying over the region Wednesday en route to Washington after cutting short his Texas vacation by two days.

"They flew down here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn — excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed," Nagin said.

Nagin said he told Bush in a recent conversation that "we had an incredible crisis here and that his flying over in Air Force One does not do it justice ... I have been all around this city and that I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshal resources and we are outmanned in just about every respect."

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Here's some good news:

One potentially bright spot is that the aesthetic heart of New Orleans, the French Quarter, may have escaped the severe damage seen in other parts of the city because of its elevation, a whole 3 feet above sea level. St. Charles Avenue, where in better times streetcars rumble beneath ancient oaks past stately mansions, also appears to have avoided the heaviest damage.
This really ticks me off...

From nola.com:

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin also ordered virtually the entire police force to abandon search-and-rescue efforts and stop thieves who were becoming increasingly hostile.
"They are starting to get closer to heavily populated areas — hotels, hospitals, and we're going to stop it right now," Nagin said.

. . .

Bush expressed sympathy for those who were still suffering but also said there should be "zero tolerance" for breaking the law during an emergency situation.

In a sign of growing lawlessness, Tenet HealthCare Corp. asked authorities late Wednesday to help evacuate a fully functioning hospital in Gretna after a supply truck carrying food, water and medical supplies was held up at gunpoint.

"There are physical threats to safety from roving bands of armed individuals with weapons who are threatening the safety of the hospital," said spokesman Steven Campanini. He estimated there were about 350 employees in the hospital and between 125 to 150 patients.

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