Beverly Willett is a non-fiction writer and former practicing attorney. Her personal essays, service pieces, and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Salon, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Prevention, Parenting, The Daily Beast and many others. From its inception she has been a contributor to the divorce page at The Huffington Post begun by Nora Ephron. Beverly is a former Contributing Editor to Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine, and the Toys ‘R Us publication, Viewpoints on Parenting, and has been an advisor to Parentalwisdom.com for many years. She is also a contributor to Introducing Issues With Opposing Viewpoints: Divorce, Cengage Learning, Greenhaven Press, 2012; Parents Ask, Experts Answer, Gryphon House, 2014; and Savannah Anthology 2015 (Volume 2).
Beverly writes about her personal experiences and opinions on many topics including family life, divorce, meditation and social and cultural issues of the day. She has extensive knowledge about the judicial system, and through her writing on divorce, she has sought to make people aware of what it’s really like on the other side of divorce and separation. She is proud to be affiliated with the Coalition for Divorce Reform, a non-partisan volunteer organization, which she co-founded. She serves as Co-Chair, blogger and editor of the website: www.divorcereform.us. She has also been a member of the Marriage Opportunity Council, a member of the Kansas Marriage Consultation Working Group, providing advice to Gov. Brownback regarding ideas for strengthening marriage and family life in Kansas, and has provided consultation on the Second Chances Act, authored by William Doherty and former Georgia Justice, Leah Ward Sears.
A native of Southern Maryland, Willett lived and worked in New York City for over 30 years. She attended Penn State University where she rooted for the Nittany Lions, was one of the first women to be inducted into the secret society Skull & Bones, and was a sorority sister in Phi Mu. After receiving a B.A. in political science, she moved to Washington, D.C. to obtain her law degree at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. While working her way through school, she interned at Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and Arent Fox. She moved to New York after graduation to work in the legal department of the music organization ASCAP, then went on to Willkie Farr & Gallagher where she helped form one of New York City’s hottest off-Broadway theaters, MCC Theater, later becoming MCC Theater’s first Chairman of the Board. After Willkie, she headed up business affairs for CBS Broadcast International before relocating to Carro Spanbock Kaster & Cuiffo where she was an entertainment attorney, representing well-known clients in the areas of music, television, film, theater and photography. For several years, she also lobbied for ASCAP and represented the organization in proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office.
The two best moments of her life occurred when she gave birth to the loves of her life – her two daughters.