You may have seen me around here in the last week or so as a new contributor to OT. It was suggested that I take some time to tell you a bit about myself, but for me, that’s either a paragraph or a book, so I will do my best to hit the high points:
I am from the beautiful, beleaguered state of West Virginia. I grew up in the sticks, well below the poverty line, in a dysfunctional family with all the stereotypical white-trash trappings: junk cars, guns, alcoholism, and abuse. Fortunately for me, I was born with a penchant for learning, an overinflated sense of my own potential, and the wherewithal to rise above my raising.
At various points of my childhood, I aspired to be an artist, an astronomer, and a paleontologist. The ambition that outlasted all these was to be a writer, something I enjoyed and something for which (I was told) I had some talent. Ever the pragmatic one, however, I knew I would need a more stable career if I wanted to live better in adulthood than I had growing up. So, in recognition of the other talent I was told I had, arguing, I sought an easy degree in English and hurried on to law school. Over the course of 14 years, I’ve been a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and general litigator. I now work in state government, where I spend my days offering meticulous legal analysis to bureaucrats who disregard anything that does not support their preferred outcome.
In addition to politics and social issues, I have an avid interest in true crime, and spend a good portion of my free time researching criminality. I am decidedly liberal, in ways and for reasons that I am sure will manifest themselves in my writing. You can expect my writing to include musings on the controversies of the day and current events, particularly relevant legal issues.
When I’m not writing or lawyering, I love cooking, reading, and “running” 5Ks. I have great affinity for dogs, turtles, and all things purple. I am a proud ginger.
While I enjoy being a lawyer (and will embrace any and all lawyer jokes you want to throw my way), it is great to be re-immersed in my long lost avocation of writing. I’m thrilled to be here sharing, defending, and reconsidering my ideas with all of you.