Bradley attorney Mark Strachan was quoted in Texas Lawyer on his response to an incident that involved a gunman who opened fire in the Earle Cabell Federal Building in Dallas. Strachan and his team were two weeks into a patent infringement case at the time of the incident. Rather than letting the event derail the jury trial, Chief Judge Barbara Lynn moved the jury charge conference to her home and secured a mock courtroom at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law for closing arguments.
Strachan noted that once the conference started, the environment blended into the background.
“We’re not going to let this stop what we all need to do. I don’t know that was ever spoken, but the feeling was, ‘We have a job to do, and we are going to do it. We’re not going to let what happened interfere,’” Strachan said. “It was refreshing to have a judge who is committed to, ‘We’re not going to stop the judicial process.’”
“SMU was absolutely wonderful and gracious in allowing it and supporting us and providing everything we needed,” Strachan said. “I kept looking around for Atticus Finch, because it had that feel: An old courtroom.”
The complete article, “These Lawyers Were Midtrial When a Gunman Shot Up the Dallas Courthouse. What Happened Next Was Surprising,” first appeared in Texas Lawyer on June 25, 2019.