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

September 24, 2018 at 11:24 am

Tying Together Five Years of Law Office Management and Technology

This is the slideshow of my Sept. 22, 2018 Continuing Legal Education Presentation on small firm law office management and technology.  

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