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Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice

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by Laurence Colletti

Above the Law's Academy for Private PracticeEarlier this month, we ventured out to Times Square, in New York City to see Above the Law’s inaugural Academy for Private Practice (or APP for short). The concept was initially put together in the ATL back offices by Hsiaolei Miller, V.P. of business development and Brian Dalton, director of research, but it quickly grew to enlist the help of the ATL gang. David Lat, Jon Lerner, Elie Mystal, Joe Patrice, Staci Zaretsky, Kathryn Rubino, Laura Kittredge, and Lauren Elkin were all recruited to pull it off.

So what is APP and why is Above the Law putting it on? As for the what, the simplest description is a collection of resources for lawyers wanting to practice in a small firm or solo. It is both terrestrial and virtual with real people, places, and information. There are future plans to feature eBook texts, podcasts, blog posts, and social channels to deliver useful content to lawyers everywhere. With an advisory board of Jeff Bennion, Nicole Bradick, Susan Cartier Liebel, Jeena Cho, and Niki Black, APP’s bench of expertise is deep. As for the why, Brian Dalton told us that ATL wanted to make an offering that would benefit the area where most lawyers practice — small firms and solos.

The following series of Special Reports hosted by Joe Patrice, Elie Mystal, and Jared Correia discuss APP and the lessons taught during its inaugural terrestrial event. Tune in for great advice and ideas from experts like Ed Walters, John Balestriere, Nicole Bradick, Rochelle Washington, Gaston Kroub, Monica Bay, Nicole Black, Carolyn Elefant, Jennifer Ellis, Lisa Solomon, Heather John, and Joshua Lenon. You can also access these audio interviews from our channel in iTunes.

 

Special Reports from the Event

 

ATL APP: Thinking Like a Lawyer and Thinking Like a Person:

In this episode, Thinking Like a Lawyer hosts Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal interview Ed Walters, founder of fastcase. Together, they discuss the importance for lawyers to see the perspective of others in their work and how attorneys don’t always understand what their clients want. Listen here: ATL APP: Thinking Like a Lawyer and Thinking Like a Person  

ATL APP: First Things First…

John Balestriere, Nicole Bradick, Rochelle Washington, and Gaston Kroub join Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice to discuss affordable and scalable ways to outsource administrative services in small firms and solos. Tune in to hear about options for receptionists, secretaries, payroll, and office space. Listen here: ATL APP: First Things First…  

ATL APP: Luncheon Remarks by Monica Bay

Former rock n’ roll journalist and current fellow at CodeX, Monica Bay hosts a luncheon discussion to talk about her 30+ years observing law and technology, the shrinking prominence of equity partners, and the importance of loving what you do. Listen here: ATL APP: Luncheon Remarks by Monica Bay  

ATL APP: Managing Solo Practice Workflow with Technology

This two part interview by Joe Patrice features thought leaders Jared Correia, Nicole Black, Carolyn Elefant, and Jennifer Ellis. Together they discuss leveraging technology for billing, cloud computing, and management. Listen here: ATL APP: Managing Solo Practice Workflow with Technology  

ATL APP: Blogging, Social Media, and Security

Jeff Bennion, Jeena Cho, and Lisa Solomon sit down with Above The Law’s Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice. Together, they talk about the use of blogging and social media in your law practice. Tune in to hear about personal information and whether or not you should share it. Listen here: ATL APP: Blogging, Social Media, and Security  

ATL APP: Are Branded Networks the Future for Solo Lawyers?

During a very lively time at APP, hosts Jared Correia and Elie Mystal interview Heather John, Susan Cartier Liebel, and Joshua Lenon. Together, they discuss the use of branded networks and the questions lawyers should be asking before getting involved with them. Listen here: Episode 6: ATL APP: Are Branded Networks the Future for Solo Lawyers?  

ATL APP: What is Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice?

In this colorful dialog between the back office and the front office, hosts Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice talk with Hsiaolei Miller, V.P. of business development and Brian Dalton, director of research about APP and why Above the Law created it. Tune in to hear about future offerings and events custom designed for small firms and solos. Listen here: ATL APP: What is Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice?

Legal Talk Network and the ABA Law Student Division Bring You the ABA Law Student Podcast

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Legal Talk Network announces the launch of the ABA Law Student Podcast, a podcast covering the issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent graduates.

ABA Law Student PodcastDenver, CO – Earlier this month, Legal Talk Network launched a new podcast in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division—the ABA Law Student Podcast. Hosted by and produced specifically for law students, the podcast covers the issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent graduates, from finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job.

“We are thrilled to add the ABA Law Student Podcast to our network. Times have changed for law students and young lawyers. Law school is expensive, job opportunities and starting salaries are down, student loans are more difficult to pay back, and law students are under more pressure than ever,” Legal Talk Network Supervising Producer Laurence Colletti, who received his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law said. “This podcast will offer valuable information on the changing scope of the industry for law students and recent grads. I wish I’d had a resource like this when I was in law school.”

ABA President Paulette Brown has said that “the ABA’s goal is to help law students confidently take on law school and transition into a meaningful legal career.” The ABA Law Student Podcast is just one way the organization is bringing value to the 115,000 law students who are eligible for free membership in the American Bar Association. The ABA also offers six months of free study tools for law students, and in addition to Law Student Division and Young Lawyer Membership, law students can also choose up to 5 additional free specialty groups. The ABA Law Student Podcast is free for all subscribers.

The first episodes of the podcast cover what the ABA Law Student Division is and what it intends to accomplish, sections, divisions, and forums law students should join, prepping for the bar exam, and Senator Lindsey Graham’s thoughts on getting through law school and working as an attorney.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes: ABA Law Student Podcast

In addition to being produced for law students, the ABA Law Student Podcast is hosted by law students Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke. Duarte attends Mercer University’s School of Law and serves as chair of the ABA’s Law Student Division. Burke is the 12th Circuit Governor on the ABA’s Law Student Division Board of Governors and attends the University of Washington School of Law. The duo has already interviewed Senator Lindsey Graham, ABA President Paulette Brown, Professor Richard Conviser, and various division and section leaders from the American Bar Association for the podcast.

The podcast is available through iTunes, the Legal Talk Network app, LegalTalkNetwork.com, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and Soundcloud. You can follow the podcast and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #LawStudentPodcast.

About Legal Talk Network
Legal Talk Network is an online media network for legal professionals with podcasts that highlight current legal news and analysis as well as provide high quality educational content to its listeners. Legal Talk Network’s shows also cover the important tools, technology, and events that shape the industry. With award-winning hosts and high profile guests, listeners from around the world tune in for Legal Talk Network’s podcasts. Legal Talk Network is owned and operated by LAWgical, specializing in marketing, software, and media for the legal industry. Follow on Twitter @LegalTalkNet.

About the American Bar Association
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement on line. Follow the latest ABA news at www.ambar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.