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Remembering John O’Quinn


John O’Quinn, the well known Houston plaintiff’s lawyer and alumni of the University of Houston Law Center passed away in a car accident this morning. He was a larger than life figure at the University of Houston and you couldn’t avoid seeing his name – it was on the law library, the football field and others.

Most students remember John for the talk he gave each year for the John Black Moot Court Competition – the intraschool oral arguments that are a rite of passage for all 1L students in the spring each year. John never missed a year in the time I’ve been here. He always gave the same talk. He told the story of John Black, a classmate of his at the University of Houston Law Center in much more modest times, a blue-collar guy who developed brain cancer after his first year but was so committed to the idea of becoming a trial lawyer who could represent the little guy that he kept coming to class even after the disease had robbed him of the ability to achieve that dream. When John Black passed away, O’Quinn, with some of the others in his class established the competition in his honor. John teared up every time.

Marc Dreier on 60 Minutes, Lawyer Convicted of Large-Scale Fraud, Discussing the Seeds of His Career’s Destruction

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Houston Law Review: Frankel Lecture, Akhil Reed Amar on the 25th Amendment


The 14th Annual Frankel Lecture: “25th Amendment: Revisiting Constitutional Provisions for Presidential Succession” is set for November 6th and is now accepting registrations.

November 6, 2009, 8:30am – 10:30am
Doubletree Hotel – Houston Downtown
400 Dallas St., Houston, TX


Keynote Speaker: Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale Law School


Commentator: John D. Feerick, Sidney C. Norris Chair of Law in Public Service, Fordham University School of Law


Commentator: Joel K. Goldstein, Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

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The Streetwalking Lawyers Of Aurora Avenue (the Future of Lawyer Advertising?)

via Scott Greenfield and Jeremy Richey

For the uninitiated (like me), Almost Live was a local sketch comedy show based in Seattle. Aurora Avenue has the reputation you might expect from the skit.

The U.S. Supreme Court 2.0 – SCOTUS Requests a Website Redesign


As noted on SCOTUSblog, the U.S. Supreme Court has submitted a proposal to bring the U.S. Supreme Court Website in-house, from its current home at the Government Printing Office. The proposal itself (.pdf) is quaintly entertaining.

The Court’s current Website at GPO is nine years old.

Pardon me as I clean up the coffee I spit all over my monitor. That’s about 810 people-years.

The system is outdated and must be upgraded to more current technology (both hardware and software) regardless of whether it remains at GPO or is brought into the Court.

You don’t say.

In 2002, the Court deployed an Internet network for web browsing, and in 2004 the Court expanded and upgraded the infrastructure and capacities for web services and Internet-based email.

An Internet network for web browsing…. in 2002… my, my, the l33ts on the Rehnquist court.

Use of the Court’s Website continues to expand. In January 2009, there were 18,765,000 successful “hits” to the site. This is a 100% increase over January 2008. Over the years, as Internet technology has evolved, the public has increasingly sought more web-based information about the Court in a more timely fashion. The Court has determined that it can best meet those requests by moving its Website in-house and integrating it more closely with its other activities. That transfer will enable the Court to better control and manage the Website and to be able to expand the data and services provided by the site more efficiently.

As much as I might like to see what the Supreme Court website would look like under a Carl Malamud-run GPO, this is probably the natural evolution to a Court willing to do more on the web. I welcome SCOTUS 2.0.

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