I am sad to learn (and report) that the appellate world has lost an icon today. Rusty McMains passed away this morning in Corpus Christi.
As a briefing clerk at the Texas Supreme Court, I learned that there were certain oral advocates who were in the "must see" category when they came to town to argue before the court. Rusty was definitely in the "must see" category. He had a deep, commanding voice and authoritative demeanor. He was a great speaker and a long-time contributor to our educational betterment. I remember well attending my first Advanced Appellate seminar almost 20 years ago where Rusty spoke about the court’s charge.
We are all better off because of Rusty and people like him. I have little doubt that his golden voice will gain him access through the pearly gates. He will be missed by many.