Shoutout to Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett!

September 30th, 2009

A few months ago I attended the Institute for Justice Law Student Conference.

Justice Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court gave the keynote address. He was awesome. An amazing libertarian Judge from Texas who gets the idea of the role of the courts, understands principles of federalism, and embraces the spirit of liberty that imbibes the human soul.

During his keynote, he mentioned that he had cited YouTube in a footnote in his opinion. Strange coincidence, but in footnote 313 of my Omniveillance article, I had cited him!

FN 313. FKM P’ship v. Bd. of Regents of Univ. of Hous. Sys., 255 S.W.3d 619, 639 (Tex. 2008) (Willett, J., concurring in part, dissenting in part), available at

I realized it, and mentioned it to him after he finished speaking. He encouraged me to mail him a copy, which I did.

I just received a personal thank you note from Justice Willett! I won’t relay the message, but it was so cool.

Even cooler than the thank you note was the stamp on the envelope that reads “Don’t mess with Texas. Official State of Texas Mail. Penalty for Private Use.” Perfect timing for Will Ferrell’s perfect Bushism. Strategery!

Don't Mess With Texas. Especially their mail.

Don't Mess With Texas. Especially their mail.