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Judge is a lucky duck. Literally. A review of the financial disclosure reports that Texas’ federal judges and magistrate judges file each year shows that some judges have better luck than others. Texas Lawyer, a sister publication of The National Law Journal, obtained copies of the 2002 disclosure reports for 89 U.S. district judges and magistrate judges. Among the more interesting revelations gleaned from a review of those reports are that Judge David Folsom of the Eastern District of Texas in Texarkana won $10,000 at a fund-raising event for Christus St. Michael Health System in October 2002. “It’s the first time, I think, that I’ve ever won anything,” Folsom said. Folsom said he won the money in the “Adopt-a-Duck” fund-raiser for the Texarkana hospital. To raise funds, Folsom said, the hospital sells tickets for $5 each. The number on each ticket corresponds with the number on each plastic duck put up for adoption, he explains. On the day of the contest, the plastic ducks are dropped in a river, and the first duck to cross the finish line wins the $10,000, Folsom said. “I’ve been buying these ducks . . . for years,” he said. Cupid’s lawyer Cupid might want to get lawyered up before shooting any arrows in Plano, Texas, schools this year. The once-simple traditional heart-and candy-focused celebration has provided yet another forum for the ongoing battle among Plano Independent School District officials, their lawyers at Abernathy Roeder Boyd & Joplin of McKinney, Texas, and a coalition of parents and their lawyers at Liberty Legal Institute (LLI). Led by attorneys Kelly Shackelford and Hiram Sasser, LLI is a nonprofit Plano-based group advocating free speech and religious freedom. Plano school officials’ initial plans for Valentine’s Day, according to a memo circulated to parents in January, was for children to give nonpersonalized valentines and treats to their teachers. Those children who wanted to partake in the day’s festivities could approach their teachers’ desk for the items. But, after a change of heart on Jan. 27, school officials said in a statement posted on the school district’s Web site that children could distribute personalized valentines in class. School district lawyers say the administrators issued that concession only after district officials firmly established in a written policy that the traditional February celebration was a part of the educational curriculum because the children would be studying the meaning of friendship and kindness. Why have district lawyers advised the administrators to take this approach to a seemingly harmless celebration of Valentine’s Day? The lawyers say the district has done so as part of a continuing effort to thwart LLI lawyers who, in a concentrated effort over the past year, have repeatedly engaged in disputes with the Plano school district over free speech and religious freedom issues. Gov. Foreman? This time, New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson wasn’t kicked off the jury. Benson, who began jury duty last week, successfully saw a case to its conclusion. The jury took about an hour to acquit a man charged with striking an acquaintance with a beer bottle. As the trial ended, Judge Patricia Coffey randomly selected one of the 13 jurors as an alternate and one as the foreman. Benson’s number came up as the foreman, but he declined. “You should buy a lottery ticket,” Coffey said. It was the second case for which Benson had been selected since he started jury duty last week. AP and American Lawyer Media.

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