Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

A convoluted (legal) career path

November 18th marked the 23rd anniversary of my opening my solo practice. Over the past decade I’ve had the opportunity to formally and informally mentor a number of newly licensed attorneys. Every such attorney has been justifiably nervous about their decision to pursue a legal career and their ability to turn a law degree into […]

News and events

My newest mentee, Audrey R. Brown, has her website up here. Audrey is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and an avid roller derby enthusiast–and a member of the Lowcountry Highrollers (she’s currently in the recreational league as she concentrates on developing her law practice).  Her practice focuses on family law and […]

Thank you

I opened my law practice exactly eighteen years ago today.  Unlike many of the young attorneys I admire, such as Jenny Moser, T. Ryan Phillips or Anna Galle, it wasn’t a first choice but more of a last resort.  I’d been unhappy in my two previous associate positions and decided not to accept a third associate […]

Oral argument on April 7th: come see me crash and burn?

I’ve been handling appeals since I graduated law school, including drafting two appeal briefs in 1991 before being sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania bar, and successfully briefing and arguing the appeal in Landry v. Hilton Head Plantation Prop. Owner’s Ass’n, 317 S.C. 200, 452 S.E.2d 619 (Ct.App.1994) within two years of being […]

The men don’t know but the little girls understand[1] (or, I took my nine year old daughter to a rave and neither of us ended up regretting it)

A desire to participate in communal ecstatic experiences would appear to be an innate part of human existence.  Almost every culture in every time has had some version of this: generally involving music and dance–rhythm appears to be hardwired; often involving mass invocations of fealty to a deity or ideology; frequently involving a Dionysian use […]

Idle thoughts while preparing to try a custody case

Wasting a moment surfing the web while preparing yesterday morning for my first custody trial in a few years, I gravitated to this poem by Philip Larkin.  I rarely read poetry.  Kinda disturbing that this is the poem I think of when starting a custody trial: This Be the Verse BY PHILIP LARKIN They fuck […]

Guardian ad litem training: past, present and future

On January 28, 2011, I will be moderating and speaking at the South Carolina Bar’s annual guardian ad litem training.  This will be the third consecutive year I’ve done this (the second year for the state bar) and I will be organizing and moderating the training for the South Carolina Bar for 2012–tentatively set for […]

Meet Jenny R. Moser: Another Charleston County family law blogger

I started my blog in April 2009 and until recently, I have had the field of Charleston area family law blogs to myself.  While a couple of my local family law colleagues, Guy Vitetta and Melissa Brown, have family log blogs, they tend to post new items infrequently. Which makes a very newly-licensed attorney, Jenny […]