“This is great. We’ll take it.”

Jefferson and Washington monuments

My wife is not real picky. That is fortunate for me. Otherwise, she might never have decided to marry me. We were visiting different neighborhoods in Baltimore this past weekend in advance of a possible move there next… Read More

Mindy Daniels, My Reluctant Mentor

U.S. Capitol building

She doesn’t know it yet but Mindy Daniels is going to be my mentor on all things having to do with the D.C. Court of Appeals. One of the first things I do whenever I start out in… Read More

Why I Prefer D.C.

U.S. Capitol building

Here are 15 reasons I prefer D.C. Superior Court to the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia: There is a cafeteria. There is a lawyer’s lounge. There is a legal library. Women in orange jackets greet you when you… Read More

All Emma, In Everything

Emma brush soccer

I am standing with my niece in front of my father’s bureau, and I show her the gold-plated watch with the “Hamilton” typed out across its face.  My father loved pocket watches and there are a couple of… Read More

On “Constructive Venting” And Wayne My Investigator

Jefferson Memorial

Seth Godin writes about a friend of his, a middle school teacher, who avoided the teacher’s lounge because “he couldn’t bear the badmouthing of students, the whining and the blaming”: Just about every organization, every on-line service, every… Read More

I Feel The Pain of Everything. Then I Feel Nothing.

Aerial view of DC

He was the angry and alienated younger brother of my best friend while I was growing up. My mother sent me newspaper clippings about him when he was a member of a grunge rock band of local renown…. Read More

Achilles Now. Poseidon Too.

He was the best octopus hunter in Tolo. It was always an honor whenever he sent one of us boys out to the kiosk to buy him cigarettes:  Karelia ke spirta, parakalo. It was an even bigger honor if… Read More

Meet the Girlfriend

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My older son brought his girlfriend home to meet the parents. Actually, he came home from college to take care of some personal business and he brought the woman he is seeing along with him. But it has… Read More

Actus Me Invito Factus Non Est Meus Actus

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After a guest post by my brother turned out to be one of the most popular pages on this site, I had hoped that the classics scholar was going to be a regular contributor on this site. Alas,… Read More

A “Not Guilty” Letdown

Jefferson and Washington monuments

I walk my client out to the street afterward (“You mean I don’t have to sign anything, I can just go?”), disappointed that, since it is late in the day, there is no one still at the courthouse… Read More