January 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Why Make Daily Posts to Social Media?

Quick note to friends and family on FB. I like to post family, pets, scenery, and food, as do many Facebookers. I think I have good examples of all three. I like to post on politics, religion, philosophy, and what I’ve learned in the practice of law, and try to make sure I post from… View Article

January 8, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Search #8 of My Blogs: “Contingent Fees”

This is search # 8 of my blogs, “Perspectives of a Small Town Lawyer” and “WV Lawyer – Tips and Techniques”. This robust blog is for the WV legal consumer. It has 1200 pages and 340 articles and 22 “hits” for the term “contingent fees”. Lawyers will perform a variety of services for fees that… View Article

December 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Future of the Law: A Selection of My Posts

A Colleague asked me for a list of articles I have written on the broad subjects of  “future of the law”, “access to justice” and “unbundling of legal services. Here they are: Questions and feedback are requested and welcome. jbh

December 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm


Some thoughts on Competence. Most mornings, I like to stop before I walk out the door, push back in the recliner, brief slowly and deeply, and sort out the day to come. For me it is a form of meditation. As a younger man, if I tried this I would fall asleep for 40 minutes… View Article

December 1, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Family Court Mediation Streamlined – Some Ideas

Family Court Mediation Streamlined – Some Ideas Author’s note: These ideas are mine. I have presented them to the WV State Bar Family Law Mediation Subcommittee and hope they will contribute to some positive change for WV families, and especially children and low income litigants. I Memorandum In Support of a Change in the Family… View Article

November 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Robert M. Morris; a Lawyer for Others to Emulate.

A friend of ours died Nov. 13, 2017. Here are “just the facts”. And below are a few of my thoughts from the perspective of a nearly 40 year friendship. In the late ’70’s, I was appointed by the Lewis County Circuit  Court to represent Anthony “Tony” Audia in an alleged armed robbery at Cowger’s… View Article

November 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

Mediation Food for Thought

INTRODUCTION I am pleased that we have begun a dialogue within the WV State Bar regarding mediation and other innovations in family law justice and administration. Below are the four components of my thoughts, personal views only; 1. A memorandum espousing innovation in mediation and family law practice. 2. A “Mediation Basics” instructional handout to… View Article

October 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm

“To Everything There is a Season”

                        Just a few minutes before leaving for the funeral. Contemplating the passing years. I will get back to “how to” and informative postings soon enough. Today, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017,  our Blue Ridge Parkway vacation was extended by a day so we could attend… View Article

September 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Tying Together “Unbundling” of Legal Services

(Adding Landlord Tenant Disputes to the Unbundling Package) Life is often chaotic, with unforeseen setbacks along the way. If you are injured by the fault of an other, no problem here; a lawyer, this one included, will always be happy to meet with you in a serious injury case. But what about the case that… View Article

July 23, 2017 at 3:11 pm

So You Have Your (Child Custody) Agreement: Now What?

  Author’s Note: this article was inspired by a nervous client who concedes the parenting plan we negotiated for her is a pretty good one but who knows it will be violated. That was the path of their last mediated agreement, with the result they were back in court within six months! Is  there a… View Article