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

July 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

MORE ABOUT UNBUNDLING (A $500 Product That is Worth $1000)

  I admit that I have been obsessing on one issue, which is the disparity between WV people who need, but do not think they can afford, legal services and the West Virginia small firm lawyers who need work. I have several ideas how to bridge the gap, and “unbundling” of legal services is one… View Article

June 6, 2017 at 12:57 am

What You May Not Know of the Legal Profession

I attend each year two two day long seminars put on by the West Virginia Association for Justice,  formerly WVTLA, WV Trial Lawyers Association. That’s a foundation of 36 hours of continuing education. Add to that 8 hours of family law, of mediation, and other subject areas, and I spend around a week a year working… View Article

June 6, 2017 at 12:27 am

A Few Thoughts on Law Office Technology

Technology is a “two-edged sword”. It can be a time waster. It is easy for someone like me to “gamify” technology, so the very acts of using it and learning from it provide surges of dopamine pleasure  which divert me from the actual boring tasks at hand. And, social media has a “siren’s song”. It is serious work… View Article

June 5, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Global Warming: How the Environmental Movement Has Botched It!

This is my “take” on the environmental movement and its emphasis on “Global Warming”. To me that approach is self-defeating. I read a lot of things that touch on environmentalism but are not so labeled. I follow the news carefully but greatly miss my weekly Time and Newsweek which helped give me perspective. Nevertheless, I average… View Article