I consider myself very lucky. Some of my early experiences are unique in my generation. I started my education in a true one room school house in a rural area of upstate New York. K through 8th grade in a single room with a coal stove as the only heat. I was only there for two years, but I always felt protected by the older kids.
In 1956 my paternal grandfather died, and we moved back to the farm where my Dad was raised, a small town called Nassau, also upstate and not to be confused with the county on Long Island. His Great Uncle was still operating the farm as his parents had. A handful of cows, milked by hand. Two draft horses to pull the various ancient pieces of equipment. Loose hay, pitched onto the wagon by hand. I can't say that I loved it, but you never fully recover from sheer hard work!! And you don't suffer from it either.
I can contrast these truly bucolic pictures with working my way through law school in Columbus as a clerk in a Hospital Emergency Room. The contrast between pitching hay on a warm summer day and dealing with the consistently stressed out people who populate an urban ER could not be greater.
For a number of years while practicing law I also had the privilege of being a supernumerary in the local opera company productions. My high point was portraying a high church official, in the spotlight, with one of the stars, the evil Baron Scarpia, kneeling at my feet. These non-singing, silent roles RARELY involve more than filling up the stage. A brief moment in the spotlight for a fellow who can't sing a note was an outstanding memorable moment.
It has been a lot of fun, and always interesting. I've been lucky.
Licensed since 1975
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Bankruptcy Institute||Member||1999 - Present|
|Ohio State University Moritz College of Law||N/A||N/A||1974|
|Syracuse University as a Maxwell School||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|
|Collection Seminar||Ethical considerations in collections.||2009|
|Bankruptcy Law Institute||Technology requirements of the local courtrooms||2009|
|Understanding the Bankruptcy Reform Act||CMI, Means Test, Section 707 (abuse) under the new law.||2006|