Posts Tagged ‘The Honorable Wayne Morris Creech’

Talk to the judge, not to opposing counsel

Early in my legal career I used to habitually drive the Honorable Wayne Morris Creech nuts over what I perceived as minor offenses.  Saying “yeah” rather than “yes” would lead to admonishment.  Perhaps nothing drove him crazier than when I would directly address opposing counsel in responding to counsel’s arguments.  I was never quite sure […]

Collecting fees as the mediator or guardian

For attorneys who also act as mediators or guardians ad litem, many family court judges’ interpretation of Calhoun v. Calhoun, 331 S.C. 157, 164-65, 501 S.E.2d 735 (Ct.App. 1998) can cause problems.  In Calhoun, Sally Calhoun, a family law attorney, sought fees at trial for the time she spent representing herself pro se.  She argued […]

Getting the Child Heard lecture

My materials for a February 9, 2010 National Business Institute lecture on Advance Family Law are available here:  Getting the Child Heard

Holiday visitation: loving your child more than you hate the other parent

Last year, shortly before imposing a criminal contempt sentence on a mother who had repeatedly and blithely interfered with my client’s visitation, the judge asked her: “Do you love your child more than you hate the other parent?”  I have practiced family law for sixteen years, yet the question was initially shocking and I continue […]

Mentoring newly licensed attorneys

In December 2008, the South Carolina Supreme Court reestablished a second pilot mentoring program, in which all qualifying lawyers admitted to the Bar between March 1, 2009, and January 1, 2011 are required to have a mentor.  Since I attribute much of my professional success to the numerous informal mentors early in my career [kudos to The Honorable […]

Seeking criminal contempt for denied visitation

A few months ago I prosecuted a rule to show cause in which the mother had refused to let my client (her ex-husband) take the children to his wedding, even though it was his weekend with the children.  Because I only sought civil contempt (designed to enforce compliance with the order) rather than criminal contempt […]


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