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September 7, 2006

Press Contact:Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330

Asbestos Multi-District Litigation Judge Holds Court Hearing Today at UT Law, Invites Students to Attend and Discuss, 3 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas—A hearing on pretrial motions in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) involving 58,500 asbestos cases in Texas will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, at The University of Texas School of Law’s Eidman Courtroom from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The hearing will be followed by a question and answer session for law students with the Houston judge who presides over these cases, Mark Davidson. He is also the 11th Civil Court Judge for Harris County’s District Courts. In 2004, he was named by the Texas MDL Committee to handle all pre-trial matters in all asbestos cases filed in the State of Texas after Sept. 1, 2003.

Davidson invites law students to attend the hearing on motions from attorneys on both sides of the litigation (including many of our distinguished alumni) and then ask questions about what happened in court including why he made certain decisions. The event is a unique opportunity for UT Law students and would appeal to “any student interested in a career in asbestos litigation, in mass torts in general, or in the judicial decision-making process,” Davidson said.

Davidson has been the judge of the 11th District Court since 1989 and has tried over 400 jury trials. In 1993, he was named "Trial Judge of the Year" by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. In 2004, he was reelected to his fifth term. In December, 2005, he was reelected by his colleagues as the Administrative Judge of Harris County.

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