Monday, February 4, 2008
First, I want to thank Mitchell and the Adjunct Law Prof Blog for inviting me to be the participate on the blog this month. I read this and other blogs in the Law Professor Blogs Network on a regular basis and am honored to be contributing.
As Mitchell wrote in his introductory post, I am a state court trial judge and also teach Damages at South Texas College of Law. South Texas’s curriculum includes both the traditional 3-hour Remedies course in its curriculum and also a 2-hour Damages course that offers a special and more detailed emphasis on money damages issues. I have taught the course since the 2004 fall semester and thoroughly enjoy the challenge teaching this course presents.
The Damages course at South Texas offers an interesting mix between more academic oriented subjects, such as the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases regulating exemplary damages, and pure practice-oriented subjects, such as how to prove past and future medical expenses. I believe that Damages is an important course for aspiring trial attorneys to take, and I am always hopeful my observations from the trial court bench enhance the students’ learning experience.
Because I am a trial court judge and am subject to my state’s code of judicial conduct. I think it necessary that I offer this disclaimer up front. My posts here are not intended to provide legal advice or comment on pending or potentially pending litigation. In fact, I will not be commenting here at all on cases pending before me. Links to other websites I may include in these posts are not endorsements of persons, positions, candidates, or opinions shown there, but are merely offered for informational purposes or the reader’s convenience. Nothing I write here should be considered as a basis for how I might rule on any matter pending in before me.
As for reader comments, I welcome comments to my posts and I look forward to this exchange. Please, however, do not use the comments section for inappropriate ex parte communication concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding. This would be improper, just as ex parte communication directed to any court would be whether by mail, but telephone, by personal contact or by any other method.
I hope to use this time here to discuss my experiences as an adjunct professor, to highlight recent cases related to the course I teach at South Texas, and finally, to comment on recent scholarship in that area.
I look forward to this challenge and once again, thank you, Mitchell, for this opportunity to participate.