Here are a few stories that do not warrant a full post:

  • The mainstream media and the blogosphere are buzzing with predictions of who is on President Obama’s shortlist for replacing Justice Souter  The Northern District’s Judge Castillo and the Seventh Circuit’s Judge Wood are both making many of the lists — check out one list at the Daily Writ.  Both excellent choices.  Over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune ran a story about a local expectation that someone connected to the University of Chicago would be appointed to the Supreme Court during the Obama presidency.  I also wonder if the Northern District’s Judge St. Eve is or should be on some shortlists.
  • Ronald Slusky is bringing his two-day patent claim drafting seminar to Chicago May 19-20.  Slusky promises to teach "a comprehensive approach to analyzing inventions and capturing them in a sophisticated set of patent claims.  Through this interactive seminar, participants will enhance their skills in a classroom setting."  I have not attended Slusky’s seminar myself, so I cannot speak to its value, but it definitely looks interesting.

  • Last week the House held hearings about the Patent Reform Act.  Check out some commentary on the hearings at Patently-O.
  • I got out of the habit of posting each week’s Blawg Review, but last week’s was both too good and too unique to pass up.  Blawg Review #209 is up at John Hochfelder’s New York Injury Cases Blog (another LexBlog site) — read it here.  Hochfelder tells the moving story of his father’s life, the life of an American hero.   Blawg Review #210 is also available at the China Law Blogclick here to read it.  It is also an excellent Review based loosely on the 90th anniversary of China’s May 4th Movement.