We are looking forward to this week’s DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar and the opportunity to get together with so many old friends. We'll learn some new things, relearn too many old things, maybe learn some wrong things, and listen to judges tell us how we should be able to work out most of our disputes with plaintiffs. When lawyers congregate, they waste liters of vodka and oxygen bragging about their latest wins. By contrast, plaintiff lawyers are content merely to show off the proofs of their successes, in the form of Porsches, Patek Phillippes, and pinky rings. It is passing strange how we lawyers feel the imperative to tell war stories where we always emerge as winners. That impulse is possibly understandable, but it is not particularly useful. The medical profession has a much sounder practice of focusing on cases gone kablooey. The periodic mortality and morbidity meetings at hospitals discuss errors and ways to avoid them. Everyone says that you can learn more from defeats than victories. But while lawyers just say it, doctors practice it. Wouldn't it be great to see a lineup of litigation stars ruminating on "My Biggest Blunders"? Moreover, if there was a judicial panel on that topic, it would be a must see. The conference planners could plant that program at the end, on Friday afternoon, and the speakers for once wouldn't be drowned out by the sound of fleeing rollaboards.