For years, I was a successful entertainment and copyright lawyer in New York City. After retiring from the law to stay home with my children, I began building a career writing non-fiction.
My personal essays, service pieces and op eds have appeared in many of the largest print and online magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Salon, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, The Daily Beast, Prevention, Purple Clover, The New York Post, Newsday, All You, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Public Discourse, First Things, etc. In the parenting field, my articles have appeared in Parenting, Family Circle, the Toys ‘R Us publication Viewpoints on Parenting, and The Mid. And I’ve been a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, and the Coalition for Divorce Reform (where I also manage the blog and edit all articles, including those of many authors and scholars).
I am a former Contributing Editor to Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine and have been a contributor to the following books: Introducing Issues With Opposing Viewpoints: Divorce, Cengage Learning, Greenhaven Press, 2012, and Parents Ask, Experts Answer, Gryphon House, 2014. In the spring of 2015, I was selected by a panel of distinguished judges for inclusion in the Savannah Anthology 2015, a competition open to writers from Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. In my early days as a writer, I even became an “authority” for a short time on the Pokemon and Digimon phenomena, interviewing children for several non-fiction books published by St. Martin’s Press.
My articles appeal to a wide audience, appearing in both liberal and conservative outlets. Although primarily a memoirist, I have written on a wide range of topics from friendship, divorce, parenting, midlife and meditation, to Monica Lewinsky, Dov Charney, Angelina Jolie and the Pope, even about my first wild ride on a Harley in the back roads of Kentucky.
Comfortable speaking in print, on the stage or on the air, I have presented before large conference audiences, lobbied before Congress and have been interviewed on radio and television including Fox Radio, Sirius Radio and NPR. But I also read at open mics in small coffeehouses.
I am a native of Southern Maryland, but lived and worked in New York City for over three decades and raised my two children in Brooklyn. I attended Penn State University where I cheered for the Nittany Lions, was one of the first women to be inducted into the secret Skull & Bones society, and was a sorority sister in Phi Mu. After earning my B.A. in political science I moved to Washington D.C. to obtain my law degree at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. During law school, I interned at various high-profile firms, including Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander (Nixon’s old firm), Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and Arent Fox. After graduation, I moved to New York City to work in the legal department of the music organization the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”), then went on to top law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher (past partners include Wendell Willkie and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter) to work in the areas of entertainment, corporate law and litigation. After Willkie, I became Director of Business Affairs for CBS Broadcast International, before moving to Carro, Spanbock, Kaster & Cuiffo, where I practiced entertainment and international copyright law, representing well-known clients in the areas of music, television, film, theater and photography, including the Presley and Gershwin estates. While raising children, I had a small a private law practice, primarily engaged in proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office.
Volunteer work and community service have always been a key component of my life. Early on in my law career, I helped form MCC Theater, today one of New York City’s hottest off-Broadway theaters, and for many years served as MCC’s first Chairman of the Board. After my divorce, I partnered with a former cabinet official to form the Coalition for Divorce Reform, which has received national recognition for its bipartisan efforts. I am a member of the Marriage Opportunity Council of national scholars and leaders founded to reduce the barriers to marriage in the U.S. I have also advised former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, Leah Ward Sears, and Dr. William Doherty, on the Second Chances Act, and was a part of the Kansas Marriage Consultation Working Group to advise Gov. Brownback.
After leaving Brooklyn, I moved to Savannah and eventually became a Georgia resident. I joined the Downtown Neighborhood Association, and became a member of the Peacock Guild, a writing group at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. And in 2015, I was appointed by the City Council to the board of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless. I also serve on the board of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home.
The two best moments of my life occurred when I gave birth to the loves of my life – my two daughters.