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Microblog Roundup 10/13/08

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Recent microblog posts include:

The Statesman has endorsed Woodie Jones for chief justice of the Austin Court of Appeals

Just listed myself in the Law Directory of Just Tweet it. Looks like a good resource. Thanks @jonimueller!

Looking for more Texas and appellate lawyers to connect to on Twitter.

Statesman will release Third Court of Appeals endorsement tomorrow; Chief Justice Ken Law (R) v. former justice Woodie Jones (D).

Reading Statesman endorsement, “Texas Supreme Court: Chief Justice Jefferson, Houston and Yanez get nods,”

RT @GrantGriffiths: Reading: “Should Blogs Have Comments?” I’m for them, if moderated. Would like more on TALB.

Looking forward to good college football today. TX-OU, TCU-Colo St. Next week’s opponents: Mizzou and BYU.

Uneventful Friday at the Texas Supreme Court re new opinions. Orders were mixed bag for my clients.

@VBalasubramani If I know the lawyer who handled, I will sometimes contact & offer to be sounding board. Have pIcked up some work this way.

@VBalasubramani Not ethics issue, but practical one. How effective is cold-calling in any profession? Networking, other techniques better.

RT @VBalasubramani: @dtoddsmith curious as to what you think of identifying cases at lower appeals courts and contacting lawyers? (ethical issues aside…)

Back from a presentation in San Antonio on marketing an appellate practice. I focused on “nontraditional” means, i.e. blogging, Twitter.

New at the Texas Appellate Law Blog: “Appellate Practice Marketing 2.0,”

Speaking to San Antonio Bar Ass’n Appellate Practice Section tomorrow. Working title of my talk is “Appellate Practice Marketing 2.0.”

Reading “‘Massive Impasse’ at the Supreme Court” re who should argue: SC specialist or atty w/10 years in case.

Just finished profile and posted first document to JDSupra. Went with an older doc. Will post a newer one next. Interesting.

@BerinSzoka Distilling a big record and the law down to simple, comprehensible arguments is one mark of a skilled appellate practitioner.

Heading to a judicial candidate fundraiser. Gotta love Texas judicial politics. Write a check, get your name in front of the decider.

Expected to be doing two reply briefs on roughly parallel schedule. Opposing counsel in one case called today about an extension. Relief!

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D. Todd Smith
About the Author

D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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