Part of the Solution

Idealistic musings about eDiscovery

If Lawyers Are Gonna Act Like Children, Then By Golly …

Thanks to Sharon Nelson of the Ride The Lightning blog for bringing this to everyone’s attention – and it should  be brought to everyone’s attention.

Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony 2011

Image by SFA Union City via Flickr

Federal judge Sam Sparks of Austin (W.D. Tex.) recently had had enough of the shenanigans by a couple of attorneys appearing in his court, and so he issued the following, very novel order:

Greetings and Salutations!

You are invited to a kindergarten party on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2 of the United States Courthouse, 200 W. Eighth Street, Austin, Texas.

The party will feature many exciting and informative lessons, including:

  • How to telephone and communicate with a lawyer
  • How to enter into reasonable agreements about deposition dates
  • How to limit depositions to reasonable subject matter
  • Why it is neither cute nor clever to attempt to quash a subpoena for technical failures of service when notice is reasonably given; and
  • An advanced seminar on not wasting the time of a busy federal judge and his staff because you are unable to practice law at the level of a first year law student.

Invitation to this exclusive event is not RSVP. Please remember to bring a sack lunch! The United States Marshals have beds available if necessary, so you may wish to bring a toothbrush in case the party runs late.

For various and sundry reasons, the case was settled prior to the kindergarten party.

(Can we get Judge Sparks to steer the ship on eDiscovery compliance issues?)


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