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A Texas judge moved closer to a spot on the Fifth Circuit bench after appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Judge Gregg Costa fielded questions from both sides of the aisle during his nomination hearing in the Committee, with little pushback from either side, The Dallas Morning News reports.

With little political friction, is Costa set to become the next Fifth Circuit Judge?

BP is still fighting with Gulf business owners over the billions businesses feel are owed under the Deepwater Horizon settlement, but the Fifth Circuit may have given BP a wakeup call with a small typo.

On Thursday night, in response to plaintiffs' motion to dismiss BP's request for an en banc rehearing of the settlement issues, the Court mistakenly issued this order -- granting the motion.

Another order quickly filed on Friday vacated the mistaken order, but how did the mix-up happen?

Texas Supreme Court Joins Twitter

In a move that may be emulated by other states' High Courts, the Texas Supreme Court launched its very own Twitter account to tweet its orders.

Debuting in February, the Lone Star State's highest court is available @SupremeCourt_TX, manned by the Texas Supreme Court Clerk's office, Texas Lawyer reported.

What hijinks can we expect from this new Twitter account?

In an attempt to make life easier for its clerks and judges, the Fifth Circuit has started to insert hyperlinks for citations in its decisions.

Three opinions published since Friday, including an immigration case we covered in our last post, have been updated with shiny blue links for each citation.

But do these links actually work?

So you plan on going into the Fifth Circuit for the first time, and you're psyched. It may be an exciting moment for new attorneys or even veteran litigators, but you need to take care of some business before you arrive.

Show up at the Fifth Circuit prepared by completing these three to-do's.

This is the first full week of 2014, and the Fifth Circuit is already prepping to pump some new blood into its workforce.

If you have at least a high school education, or you're plain curious about what working for the Fifth Circuit might be like, read on!

The Fifth Circuit begins hearing cases again on January 6, 2014, and the court is ready to start the new year with a bang.

Here are three cases still active in 2014 that should not be overlooked:

It's holiday time in the Gulf, and Fifth Circuit is closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

So while the judges and clerks are spending time with friends and family, let's celebrate with them, the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi way!

Since things are looking up for Obama's court nominees, his focus has turned to fill three vacancies in the Fifth Circuit.

A trio of Texans is being vetted for the empty seats, comprised of U.S. District Court Judges Xavier Rodriguez, Marina Garcia Marmolejo, and Gregg Costa, reports Texas Lawyer.

Let's take a gander at these three potential nominees.

Winter weather can be unpredictable in the Fifth Circuit, and lawyers need to be prepared to deal with a sudden ice storm.

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area lawyers learned this lesson the hard way last Friday, as both flights and road travel ground to a halt in the face of a massive ice storm, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

How can Gulf-area legal professionals weather the storms this winter?