Jefferson and Washington monuments

“This is great. We’ll take it.”

Jamison Koehler Miscellaneous

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 summer, and we happened to run into a woman on the street who turned out to be realtor. The woman was the …

U.S. Capitol building

Why I Prefer D.C.

Jamison Koehler D.C. Superior Court, Law Practice

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 come into the building and direct you to where you need to go. You can get into an elevator. When you can’t …

Emma brush soccer

All Emma, In Everything

Jamison Koehler Miscellaneous

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 them still sitting on his bureau so it takes me a moment to find the right one.  The watch I select is …

Jefferson Memorial

On “Constructive Venting” And Wayne My Investigator

Jamison Koehler D.C. Superior Court, Investigations, Law Practice

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 product and every element of our culture now has chat rooms and forums devoted to a few people looking for something to …

Aerial view of DC

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

Jamison Koehler Miscellaneous

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. She didn’t need to send me anything when he became nationally and then internationally known:  Spin magazine put him on its cover …

Achilles Now. Poseidon Too.

Jamison Koehler Miscellaneous

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 he invited you along to hunt for octopus. He did the diving. You stayed on the surface, holding onto the octopi he …

U.S. Capitol building

Meet the Girlfriend

Jamison Koehler Miscellaneous

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 the same practical effect of something potentially more meaningful. My wife picked them up last night at the train station after I …

Jefferson and Washington monuments

A “Not Guilty” Letdown

Jamison Koehler Trial Advocacy

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 to share the news with. First I get my wife’s voice mail. Then I get my investigator’s. Walking over to the parking …