December 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Resources: For My Clients, Potential Clients, Self-Represented, and Colleagues.

/fAs I have explored how to do this job, to innovate, and to share my ideas, I have encountered and even created some useful resources. Here they are: I make the editorial decision to start with my new book first, “Perspectives of a Small Town Lawyer: Ideas For Potential Clients, Clients, Friends, Family, Colleagues, Adversaries,… View Article

December 10, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Truth, Myths, and Lies

Myth, Lies, and Truth CNN’s ad on promoting truth is a good one: “This is an apple. Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream, ‘Banana, banana, banana,’ over and over and over again. They might put banana in all caps. You might even start to believe it’s a… View Article

October 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Jeff Kessler: Candidate for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals.

Jeff Kessler is a top quality candidate for the WV Supreme court, intelligent, committed, moderate, restrained, focused, literate, collegial, and balanced:

October 17, 2018 at 10:16 pm

The Challenges to Modern Religion: Part II

The Challenges to Modern Religion: Part II There is an amazing backlash to “accelerating change”. There are movements to deny the realities of science, to imagine alien abductions, satanic cults, repressed memories, massive conspiracies, “a flat earth”, to devise simplistic solutions to the complicated challenges of the modern world, with hatred, tribalism, fear, and willful… View Article

October 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

The Challenges to Modern Religion: Part 1

The Challenges to Modern Religion: Part 1 I cannot think of a way to write this post without causing some people great offense. For that I am sincerely sorry. I have given serious thought on the dying of the traditional Protestant Church, and our small town one in particular. I have given a lot of… View Article

October 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm


This is just a short observation based on a discussion I had today with our family law mediator. Here is Burt’s concise list of some gaps we have in our family law in West Virginia: 1. When an unmarried parent of an infant seeks child support, the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement Attorney prepares most… View Article

October 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm

The War Between Women and Men

I am looking at two “how to” books written by nationally known divorce lawyers, “Hit Him Where It Hurt$” by Sherri Donovan of New York City, and “The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce” by Joseph Cordell, Esq, St. Louis, Mo. Ms. Donovan uses the boxing metaphor to define the divorce process. Chapter… View Article

October 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm

A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Slavery and Racism.

A Few Thoughts on Slavery and Racism. And a post-script on the related subject, subjugation of women. One can tell one’s self that he needs to go to bed at 8 PM because our dog Duffy has a 7 AM appointment at the Pittsburgh Veterinary and Surgical Center, but one cannot convince one’s brain that… View Article

September 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm


Collaborative Law: Is It Enough, Or Must We Have More? The following post, in draft form, was the second half of my last post, “Conundrum…..#1”. That post discusses the “The “Family Court Jurisdiction To Restrict Contact Between Parties Act”, WV Code Sec. 51-2A-2a. Since that statute is only a small part of the solution, I… View Article

September 25, 2018 at 11:51 am


A CONUNDRUM FOR FAMILY COURTS: WHAT TOOL FOR WHAT PROBLEMS? # 1 ( A discussion of some tools that can protect WV litigants and children, streamline justice, improve access to justice, and help WV small firm lawyers survive in a challenging economic and social climate.) Today I am ending a hiatus in serious blogging. The… View Article