On Being Held In Contempt of Court

A couple of months ago, Carol D. of Public Defender Revolution told the story about a judge who tried to force her to trial on a case when she wasn’t ready.  This put Ms. D. into a very… Read More

On the Dearth of Female Criminal Defense Attorneys in D.C.

Mirriam Seddiq posted a humorous piece yesterday in which she bemoaned the lack of female criminal defense attorneys in the D.C./Virginia/Maryland area. She took an informal poll on the ABA listserv for solo and small firm practitioners and discovered… Read More

On Firing A Client

There is always a lot of discussion over at the ABA listserv Solosez about client relations.  People talk about the need to sometimes fire a client, which, from what people say, almost seems like a rite of passage… Read More

The Voice of a Law Office

A couple of weeks ago, I changed the message on my office voice mail.  My 19-year-old daughter had done the original recording, but, after listening to it back, we both agreed that her voice sounded too girlish. So,… Read More

On Meeting Mark Bennett of Defending People

In talking with another lawyer during my training in Houston, the other lawyer was surprised that I could know so much about the author of D.A. Confidential without being aware that he speaks with a British accent. That’s… Read More

On Mark Pryor and Prosecutorial (Mis)Conduct

With many blogs discussing the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, Mark Pryor of D.A. Confidential devoted a recent entry to an ethical dilemma he often faces in prosecuting defendants with immigration problems.  Does he treat… Read More

On Dealing With Office Organization and Stress

Now that my daughter is away at college and living in a tiny dorm room, she complains that the room she had at home was too big.  Her room at home was so big, she says, she could… Read More

“Hamilton Burger” At The Bus Stop

Regular readers of this blog know that I look for any occasion to tell a story.  The recent re-appearance on this site of the elusive “Hamilton Burger” has reminded me of a story he once told me. Once… Read More

On Gullibility and Unpaid Legal Fees

I used to think my mother was the most gullible person in the world. My siblings and I could do whatever we wanted to in high school, and she would automatically believe any explanation we could possibly give,… Read More

Koehler Law Opens Federal Practice in D.C.

I am pleased to announce that I have just been admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Sworn in today by the Honorable Richard W. Roberts, I will now be able to handle federal… Read More