Lots of people ask me what they can do or have to do, but not necessarily what they should do.  As most people have gathered from my public service announcements lately, I have really grown tired of the legal games after hearing some of the worst divorce stories ever over the past 13 years.

The fact is that there are over 311 Million people in the U.S., but only about 1.2 Million licensed and actively practicing lawyers. Over 40% will leave private sector by the time they reach my level, leaving very few of us “in the game.” Many of my female colleagues will bow out of the race, for a variety of reasons– although many of my male peers like to just say that, “they self-select out.” Well, I have chosen not to opt out, but that doesn’t mean I have to play by the old school rules either.

Thanks to modern media, ideas can spread quickly. Tonight, I get to share some of my thoughts on family law issues for Money Matters, which airs on Montgomery County Cable and goes live online soon afterwards. On a regular basis, I also get to go on Sirius XM and discuss current family law issues. Later this month, I will present two webinars for my alma maters Georgetown and GWU. None of these endeavors are paid, but the joy I get from helping others understand complex issues is like no other. The fact is I have come to realize that my knowledge is a gift, and it is not one I feel like using as a weapon even though I could.

Hopefully, together we can bring out each other’s gifts and inspire each other to use them wisely.  Let’s switch the conversation from what you can do to what you should do.