LUBBOCK ATTORNEY CREATES Memorable Stories for the Air Lubbock attorney Charles Moster has worked as a playwright and lyricist for more than 25 years. His most recent play, “The Christmas Curmudgeon,” aired on Texas Tech University’s KTTZ Radio (89.1 FM) over the recent holiday. RADIO LISTENERS MIGHT TUNE IN TO HEAR A MUSICAL PRODUCTION BASED ON COMEDY, ROMANCE, OR DRAMA. But few would expect to come across a one-hour musical drama commemorating the tragedy of Sept. 11. Yet, that is what Lubbock attorney Charles Moster wrote about when he penned the script for “Taken: How Will They Be Remembered?” Like many people who tried to grapple with the tragedy, Moster used writing as a means to cope and transcend the events of that day. Some of Moster’s other productions include “My Dear Kitty,” a one-act musical based on the life of Anne Frank, and “A Different Engine,” based on English mathematician Charles Babbage. Over the past 25 years, the prolific playwright has written work that has been produced for National Public Radio, off-Broadway theater in New York, and other theatre venues nationwide. These days, Moster’s work is accessible via streaming audio. He says it’s a perfect vehicle for delivering his type of work. “It’s old technology delivered on a new technology,” he says. Moster also creates music to accompany his written work. Interestingly, Moster admits that he does not know how to write or read music. He says the logistics are quite simple. “I hum and a music composer turns it into a beautiful score.” His humming career began in 2006 while driving in traffic. At that time, Moster had a private law firm in Austin. “There were never any short drives,” he says. “So I always had a digital recorder in the car.” Four years ago, Moster and his wife moved to Lubbock, where he currently practices law. The transition proved to be quite problematic. “It only took six minutes to get anywhere,” says Moster. “I couldn’t write anything in that short amount of time.” Moster believes there is a real connectivity between theatre and law. He says, “Some lawyers are beautifully trained and present an argument in a way that tells a compelling story that the judge and jury will remember.” In regard to his own storytelling, Moster thinks radio productions give the audience a unique experience. “As a listener, you can hear the songs and also the noises that actors make, such as walking, but then you have to integrate that into the story and you get to use your own imagination.” He adds that music can tell a memorable story as well. “You can tell an inspirational story with a song because it sometimes reaches a wider range of emotions.” Moster’s current project is a collaboration with Tim Eaton, who was the visual effects editor for the movie Titanic. The story centers on Nikole Tesal, the famous engineer who is credited with inventing modern radio. Tune in to some of Moster’s award-winning plays and songs on prx.org and reverbnation.com/charlesmoster/. Hobbies Have Far-Reaching Impact on Attorney “TO BE A GOOD ATTORNEY, YOU NEED MORE THAN CODE BOOKS,” SAYS RICHARDSON ATTORNEY ISAAC SHUTT. He believes having a hobby outside of the practice of law is helpful for attorneys. One of his main hobbies is pen turning, making pens out of wood, which he began a few years ago. Shutt uses a 300-pound, second-hand lathe to make the pens. It is big, heavy, and noisy. He says part of the fun of the process is seeing the transformation — starting with the big, ugly machine and ending with perfect, blemish-free pens. Shutt uses all kinds of wood, including an olive wood from Bethlehem, but most commonly uses a Mexican wood called bocote. Many of the wood types are fragrant, which makes the pen-turning process even more enjoyable for him. Shutt does not sell his pens. He believes he gets more mileage out of them by making something his clients will enjoy and giving them as gifts. Some of his clients have even broken down into tears upon receiving such a thoughtful gift. He enjoys seeing people’s eyes light up, and he wants to give them something they will be proud to use. Shutt is always looking for ways to improve his penturning process — honing his problem-solving skills and increasing the fun of the process. In addition to pens, he also makes bottle openers, ice cream scoopers, and wine corkers out of wood. He always asks himself how he can do better both with his woodworking and for his clients. Shutt has learned that having hobbies makes him a more well-rounded person, which in turn makes him a better attorney. It helps him to structure his thinking and shape his thoughts. His other hobbies include riding motorcycles and fixing motorcycles and cars, hobbies that help him relate to clients. Shutt says, “If you can relate to them, you will be better at helping them.” He also plays clarinet and serves as president-elect for the Richardson Community Band, which he says adds to his people skills. It’s easy to get tunnel vision when focusing only on law practice, Shutt says. He feels being relatable to his clients through hobbies outside of the practice of law and caring about his clients’ perspective helps expand his vision and perception. Shutt does all of his hobbies because he enjoys them, but he says, “It is icing on the cake that it makes me a better attorney.” TEXAS PEOPLE Judge Randy Shelton 279th District Court, Beaumont Honored by Texas CASA as the 2012 Big Voices for Little Texans Judge of the Year. Lisa Atlas Genecov Locke Lord, L.L.P, Dallas Presented with the 2012 William B. Finkelstein Cardoza Society Member of the Year Award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Tammy Tran The Tammy Tran Law Firm Attorney at Law, L.P., Houston Named one of the 10 most influential Vietnamese-American women by the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce of Houston. Richard L. Tate Tate Moerer & King, L.L.P., Richardson Honored with the Arthur von Briesen Award for his volunteer contributions in support of civil legal aid.
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