After 9/11, I was somehow inspired to write a short story, which I called The 9/11 Christmas Cards. I received encouragement from my Uncle, Paul Tylor, who had retired from his full time editorial job and was then editor of an on-line zine called Cenotaph. Paul edited and published a few of my short stories before Cenotaph folded, but I kept writing thereafter, as the muse hit me.
Thanks to my wife's late Uncle, Harry Wolpoff, I became involved in the field of legal ethics working with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission's Peer Review Committee. That dovetailed into teaching of legal ethics at seminars of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section. I wrote an Article Ethics in Foreclosure which was published in the ABA's Probate and Property Magazine in 2012.
Lately, I have begun to write some memoirs, trying to put in writing some of the stories of interesting/funny events during my life and legal career. More to come!
My son, Donnie, took his own life in 2017. I miss him every single day. I have come to terms though with the idea of embracing the memories of all of the good times. Here is a slide show celebrating some of those memories.
My nephew, Dominik, was a student and hockey player at my alma mater, Gonzaga College High School. He was tragically killed in an auto accident in 2014. To find out more about Dominik, and/or to contribute to the Dominik L. Pettey ’15 Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, click on the link below.