In this recent post, Article III Groupie followed the example of President Bush and paid a visit to the storm-ravaged Fifth Circuit. She reported on a number of Fifth Circuit judges; alas, some of her information was incorrect. Here are three quick corrections and additions (also reflected in changes made to the original post):
1. Math was never A3G's strong suit (which explains in part why she ended up in law school). Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham, who was born in 1938, is currently 66 and will be turning 67 in December. A3G knew that Judge Higginbotham was born in 1938, per his FJC bio; she just did the math wrong, which resulted in her erroneous prior report of his current age as 69.
2. A3G also passed along a rumor that Judge Fortunato P. Benavides might be relocating his chambers from Austin to Houston. A source close to Judge Benavides reports that he "has absolutely no intention" of making such a move. So, if you're a clerkship applicant interested in clerking for a federal judge based in the lively and livable city of Austin, you should definitely consider applying to the Honorable "Pete" Benavides.
3. Judge Benavides is very well-liked by his former clerks. The following rave is typical: "Judge Benavides takes an active interest in his clerks' lives, expects them to have a full life outside of chambers, and is unfailingly nice. As a boss, he allows his clerks to divvy up the cases amongst themselves, so they can work on ones that interest them most, and he takes the recommendations in their bench memos seriously, even when he does something different. Clerking for him was definitely a great experience."
A3G regrets the errors, and she thanks her readers for bringing these mistakes to her attention. She wants her blog to be as accurate as possible -- but she can't do it without your help!