September 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm

An Axe Wielding Futurist Recognizes Accelerating Change  

July 31, 2018 at 8:23 pm

On Blogging, and my New Book 2018

As I prepare to self publish my first book, I share with you the table of contents to my nine years of blogging. My first year I did one blog post! Since then I have written 1300 pages and 370 articles. Now I have extracted and edited approximately 70 of those articles into a book,… View Article

July 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm

The Sad State of Our Fine Profession

Caveat: I speak from the perspective of a small firm, rural, trial lawyer. Perhaps those in larger cities and other practice areas feel much different than I. It’s just “my take”: It is a sad day to read of the likely impeachment of a former Chief Justice of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and… View Article

June 25, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Tying It All Together: Mediation, Unbundling, Collaboration, and a New Paradigm

What I hoped to simplify is getting more complicated. I am doing research so I can report to the readers of my blog, to fellow members in the West Virginia State Bar Family Law Committee, fellow members of the WV State Bar BOG Family Law Mediation Subcommittee to the BOG ADR Committee, and to fellow… View Article

June 19, 2018 at 11:37 pm

WV’s Child Custody Relocation Statute: A Critical Issue for Parents and Children

I met with a new client recently because she had encountered an obstacle to her plan to relocate the parents’ two-year-old child several states away. The father had objected to the mother’s notice of relocation. I was surprised when she said that my blog had only an oblique reference to “relocation of a child”. So,… View Article

June 13, 2018 at 11:18 am

Anthony Bourdain, Suicide, and The Meaning of It All

“Bourdain”: My title to a FB post; I said to a good Facebook friend, “Thanks for getting an interesting discussion going on FB about this man’s tragic suicide. I am not competing, but I would like to address the question raised by the talking heads, who are going through all the predictable motions, with predictable… View Article

June 11, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Low Tech Solutions for the Tech Savvy Lawyer

My web designer/graphic artist Dan was kind enough to add this feature to allow me to upload a PDF. Here it is, a detailed outline of my suggestions for underpinning, and beginning to move,  your small firm into the 21st Century. Feedback and questions are always appreciated. One update to this post: I lament here… View Article

May 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm


This is a companion to my article, “So You Have Your Child Custody Agreement: Now What?” I was prompted to write the first one because of a client who had a good parenting agreement but no clue how to enforce it. Six months after the court approved it, she found herself back in Court… View Article

May 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Stupid Lawyer Trick #27 – The Trigger Happy Contempt Petition

I am painfully aware that I come across with posts like this as an arrogant “know-it-all”. Do you think I like that? I hate it! I write these things in spite of wanting to be nice and constructive, not because I want to hurt feelings or offend. I do want to share ideas that will… View Article

May 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm

The Lost Art of the Letter: and Finding a Perfect Informal Font

Susan Jacoby’s “The Age of American Unreason” , is a brilliant assessment of the last 50 years of American Intellectual thought, but: It was published in Feb. 2008, which means it missed the smart phone and Donald Trump! She ends it in a bit of a rant about the relative uselessness of the screen, decries… View Article