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Editor’s note: A new year brings with it a chance to start new things or renew past commitments. So what are law professors, judges and lawyers resolving to do in 2003? Texas Lawyer asked. What follows are some of their answers, edited for length and style: “I resolve to try not to bamboozle lawyers by referring to obscure works like the ‘Texas Rules of Civil Procedure’ or ‘Rules of Evidence,’ or obscure words like ‘professionalism’ or ‘common courtesy.’ “ – Judge Phillip Vick, 158th District Court, Denton County “I will try not to begin every analysis with a discussion of the rules as they existed before Enron.” – David Washburn, corporate and securities partner, Arter & Hadden, Dallas “I resolve to remember that my client’s problems are not my own and that my client has the right to make his own business decisions even if I disagree with them. Additionally, I resolve to adhere to my father’s maxim: ‘The harder it is, the quicker I need to do it,’ so that I can get those things I do not like to do done first each day so that they do not linger.” – Mark Shank, labor and employment partner, Hughes & Luce, Dallas “My new year’s resolution is to catch up with my 10-year-old son regarding the use of the computer in education. I hope to incorporate PowerPoint into all of my classroom instruction and speeches and to create Web pages for my courses. I may even explore electronic textbook options. . . .” – Sandra Guerra Thompson, professor, University of Houston Law Center “As both a zealous advocate and a mother of five, my goal for the new year is to focus less on what’s ‘fair’ and focus more on what’s ‘smart.’ That way, I will be sure to win more arguments both with opposing counsel and with my preteen children.” – Sally C. Helppie, shareholder, litigation section, Bell Nunnally & Martin, Da

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