Elonis, Reason, and Federal Subpoena Power

Ever said something nasty to someone else on the Internet?  Thought so. You may want to reconsider the next time you do that, because now Federal Prosecutors are having their say in who can question them and who cannot. This article by Ken White at Popehat explains the nuts and bolts of it better than…

The Third Narrative: McKinney, Texas

There’s a technique we use in collaborative practice called establishing the “third narrative.”  It requires one to put himself or herself in the shoes of the other side, consider their points and yours, and then reach a point where one can construct a version of the events leading to the conflict that makes sense for…

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…