A new video featuring Judge Jennifer Elrod [J.D. 1992, Harvard] of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Judge Charles Eskridge [J.D. 1990, Pepperdine] singing about the coronavirus’ impact on the federal courts in the Southern District of Texas is spreading across Facebook and other social media sites.
The three-minute, fifty-second video, adapted from the original lyrics of Lin-Manuel Miranda called “You’ll be back” and performed by Jonathan Groff in the musical Hamilton, features Judge Elrod and Judge Eskridge telling lawyers in Houston and Galveston concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on trials and appeals that they should not worry.
“Why so sad? We’ll be back soon, you’ll see,” sings Judge Elrod, wearing a black evening gown and a crown. “Pandemics rise, then they fall. We will see each other through it all. Despite all that’s changed, litigation will be here to stay.”
“No need to be mad,” Judge Eskridge, standing six-feet away and wearing a tux and a top hat, belts out. “When push comes to shove, it’s your bench bar colleagues you’ll remember that you love.”