This week, the Court’s calendar shows an “other session” for Monday through Wednesday, which I have been informed is for the annual meeting of the American Law Institute. (( I believe all of the members of the Texas Supreme Court are members of ALI — I was able to find confirmation online for eight of the nine. )) The Court is also expected to issue a regular order list this Friday.
Why carve out a whole week for the ALI meeting? The ALI brings you the “Restatements of the Law” on which courts so heavily rely. (I had a professor who liked to call them Pre-Statements of the Law, which might in some situations be a more fitting name.)
Because the In re Citigroup argument was removed from the schedule when that case was abated, there are no arguments currently on the Court’s calendar before the fall.
Articles from the Past Week
“Briefing Requested in Dangerous-Animal Case From Fort Worth”. This was only the second request for full briefing by the Court so far this month.
“A Little Disney Music”. Justice Wainwright has some fun with the cliche that dramatic changes in the law (here, the law of mandamus) will send us to “A whole new world….”
Order List of 5-16-2008. The Court issued six new decisions and accepted four new cases to be argued. I also shifted to a new summary format. I will now be issuing the summaries of decisions and granted cases in separate blurbs. So far:
“Caption of the Day”. Funny things sometimes happen with the captions to in rem cases. I’ve seen much funnier examples, but they are rare in the Texas Supreme Court.
“Macias Election Trial Can Proceed”. Actually, after losing this attempt to change judges, Macias chose to drop his claims.
“Clear Channel Argument Set”. It was un-set a few days later, and the case is now abated.