Trial Debrief: DCS, Fear, and the Nanny State.

The trial yesterday was one of the most brutal I’ve ever encountered.  I don’t want to go into details, but I will say that in this situation, the collective power of the State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services and a Guardian ad Litem who had made up her mind and simply didn’t give a…

On Safe Spaces, Challenges and Higher Education

I attended Carson-Newman College for undergrad, and spent about a year and a half in an education program at the University of Tennessee pursuing a Master’s. Carson-Newman was and still remains a quiet little Southern Baptist institution that required all students to attend church services at least once a week to graduate. UT is a…

Living in Parental Fear: A Brief Word on DCS

Personal and professional stuff to follow here. Those not interested in either can move on safely. ====================================================== I live with a fear as a parent that most won’t know. It’s inescapable, and it’s not the traditional fears of things like “will Talia reach something on the counter she shouldn’t” or “will Sebastian go to a…

Good Laws, Good Intent, Bad Consequences

This week, I’d like to thank Indiana Governor Mike Pence for providing us with yet another example of why making laws isn’t always the best of ideas, and the rest of the world for reminding us why–yet again–people don’t really get the process of lawmaking, or how passing a law can have unintended consequences. There’s…

When it Doesn’t Look, Smell, Or Quack Like Mediation

I recently got an open house invitation to a new mediation practitioner’s office in an area not too far from Compound West.  The new “Mediation Center” had a fancy set of invitations, and links to a new website. As I am one who always welcomes another interested soul in bringing change to the legal profession…

Winter Wonders and Legal Matters

Snow has been falling here in East Tennessee for the past week.  It’s continuing now.  The weather started with freezing rain and an ice storm, then cleared out mildly enough for people to get to the grocery store.  Now it’s snowing again. Knox County schools have been closed for a week.  Most counties in Northeast…