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Microblog Roundup 12/20/08

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Thanks to @glambert for including me as nos. 32, 45, 65 & 125 in the “‘Must Read’ Blog Posts of 2008”  A great list.

Texas Lawyer says the intermediate appellate courts are hearing more oral arguments.

WSJ.com picked up my post on the 2010 judicial races in Austin, http://is.gd/bnc2. Always a good feeling.

Reading “Texas Appeals Court Does About-Face in Vioxx Case,” http://is.gd/bkqG.

3rd CA Justice Patterson confirms candidacy for district bench, Kurt Kuhn to run for her spot, both in 2010: http://is.gd/bhPI.

New 3rd Court of Appeals Chief Justice Woodie Jones to preside over oral arguments starting January 14, http://is.gd/bdEl.

Hate to see another appellate blogger hanging it up: http://is.gd/b52l. Farewell Appellate Law & Practice. Thanks for the inspiration.

Just filed a motion for new trial in a case in the Rio Grande Valley. Ah, technology!

Reading “How to Build a Better Law Blog,” http://is.gd/aGxs. @kevinokeefe quoted.

Had lunch with another Austin appellate lawyer. Enjoyed the visit, even though he’s technically a competitor. Keeping up referral sources.

Appellate counsel, wasting the court’s time could cost you $6,000, per http://is.gd/a5vc (HT @publicrecords).

Reading “Boutique Firms Well-Positioned in Current Economy,” http://is.gd/a23g.

I’m in one of those places where I’ve been too busy to blog, but able to take 30 seconds to string together 140 characters periodically.

Note to self: If you want to make the ABA Top 100, don’t write a blog covering a niche practice area in a specific jurisdiction.

New ABA Blawg 100 is out at http://is.gd/9MeG. Lots of familar names on the list. Only half were repeats from last year. HT @startuplawyer.

After mildly criticizing TexasBarCircle, I’ve been asked to join the SBOT Web Services Committee, which oversees it. Thanks @johnsirman.

Reading “UT fraternity will get new trial in wrongful death case,” Judge John Dietz set default judgment aside.

Signed up two new appeals today, one 5th Circuit and one 13th CA, and I’m not even in the office. Technology is wonderful.

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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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