Same-sex marriage & SCOTUS

Same-sex marriage & SCOTUS

There is justified concern that marriage equality is in danger if Donald Trump appoints Supreme Court Justices who are against marriage equality. It is unlikely that the Supreme Court of the United States would reverse itself and overturn its previous rulings on same-sex marriage. However, unfriendly Justices could begin chipping away at the protections previously granted to same-sex marriages under previous SCOTUS rulings to the point where same-sex marriage exists in name only but not so much in practice.

An affair: the old fashioned way.

An affair: the old fashioned way.

If you read Dan Savage, you know that nowadays there are many options for those among us who want unconventional relationships. Things were different in the old days. People who had a hard time conforming with norms often allowed themselves to behave in destructive ways to meet their desires. Read of the scandalous 1913 affair of the married lady who kept her 17 year old lover in the attic for 10 years.

A tale of two lawyers…

A tale of two lawyers…

One of the first things many clients ask me is whether I’m a “pit bull” lawyer. I usually respond that I like to think of myself as a chess player. Pit bulls attack randomly. They focus on injuring and instant gratification. Chess players are clear-headed and focus on the end result. What follows is a comparison of the two styles.

Happy with a bad judgment? It’s normal.

My experience as a divorce lawyer shows that people are sometimes happy with a bad divorce judgment. Science backs up my anecdotal findings. We have a strong tendency to prefer whatever bitter apple life hands us.

A Youtube video of a dancing parrot (“Dancing with myself”), a TED video by a Harvard psychology professor, and a Spanish love song (“Jodida pero contenta”) explore our ability to synthesize happiness and its evolutionary meaning.