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Editor’s note: A new year brings with it a chance to start new projects or renew past commitments. So what are the state’s law professors, judges and lawyers resolving to do in 2004? Texas Lawyer asked. What follows are some of their answers, edited for length and style. “Spend more time sculling. It’s the only place where my Blackberry can’t find me.” — Bill Stutts, corporate/finance partner, Baker Botts, Austin “We resolve to be kinder to, and stop picking unfairly on, the larger, more established and entrenched firms in Texas.” — Bill Munck, president, Davis Munck, Dallas “Considering the number of opportunities and financial rewards we receive as attorneys, my resolution is to continue [to] increase my commitment to providing legal services to the underprivileged and disabled.” — Joseph J. Wielebinski, reorganization/corporate finance section head, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Dallas “My resolution is to learn the new rules — before the Legislature tells the Supreme Court to change them all again.” — Warren Harris, appellate partner, Bracewell & Patterson, Houston “I resolve to be a better mentor to the younger female attorneys, because I know that I would not be where I am today without my mentors.” — Felicity Fowler, partner, labor/employment section, Haynes and Boone, Houston “I resolve that if anyone ever again asks me, ‘Those Rules of Evidence, are they good law?’ I will respond, ‘Darn good! The best! I highly recommend them!’ “ — Matt Cordon, associate professor of legal analysis, research, communication and advanced legal research, Baylor University School of Law, Waco “I will keep reminding myself that even though more and more of the judges I appear before seem to be the same age as my son [21], I can’t simply tell them what to do. Of course, my son won’t let me tell him what to do either.” — Dan Hedges, partner, Porter & Hedges, Houston “It’s been really busy, so my resolution is to try to take a little more time to have a balanced life and to appreciate the beauty in everyday living.” — Martha T. Williams, general counsel, Port of Houston Authority, Houston “My wife and I are expecting our first children in January — twins — so I just hope I can be a good dad to my kids.” — David Thompson, vice president for administration and general counsel, Presbyterian (Children’s Homes and Services, Austin “I resolve to bring more value to my company in 2004. Lawyers bring more to the table than the traditional roles in which most people see us. So, whether it’s sales, marketing or business opportunities expansion, I want to be thinking in terms of what I can bring to the company that will move our business forward.” — M. Gayle Rolland, vice president of legal affairs and risk, Provenio Group Inc., Austin “Learn to play golf. I chase the little white ball around the course, but I don’t call it playing golf.” — Joel C. Ross, general counsel and senior vice president, The Adam Corporation/Group, Bryan “Do a good turn daily.” — David K. Park, general counsel, Boy Scouts of America, Irving “Make health a priority. For too long now, I’ve been putting that in second place, and I’m getting to that age where I can’t do that anymore.” — Monica Chen, senior tax attorney, ExxonMobil Corp., Irving “Lawyering is a rigorous daily challenge, and everyone we come into contact with is, in some way, hurting and quietly shouldering a burden. So my goal for 2004 is to try harder to resolve each individual dispute as amicably as possible, so as to make the tiny part of the world I can influence a little less painful and a little more hopeful.” — Stan McCormick, executive vice president, corporate counsel and secretary, The Frost National Bank, San Antonio “To keep everything in perspective.” — Doyle Coatney, general counsel, Rush Enterprises Inc., New Braunfels

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