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“Making a Murderer” Attorneys Discuss Representing Brendan Dassey in Debut Episode of Planet Lex: The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Podcast


Chicago, IL – Legal Talk Network and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law are pleased to announce the debut of Planet Lex: The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Podcast. Planet Lex is a series of conversations about the law, law and society, law and technology, and the future of legal education and practice. In other words, a bunch of interesting stuff about the law.

planet-lexIn the debut episode of Planet Lex, Defending Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer”, host Dan Rodriguez, Dean of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law speaks with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Clinical Professor of Law Steven Drizin and Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Laura Nirider about youth interrogation, false confessions, and their representation of Brendan Dassey. Steve shares that he was contacted by a friend in the Wisconsin state appellate defenders office to represent Brendan and that because of the Wisconsin appellate process they had to do two years of intensive investigation before filing their appeal with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Upcoming episodes will discuss the evolution of copyright in music, STEM focused education and law, and handling sexual misconduct on campus with guests Peter DiCola, Emerson H. Tiller, Leslie Oster, and Deborah Tuerkheimer, all of whom are professors at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

“This is a unique opportunity to dialogue around some of the most relevant legal topics today. Given the speed of change, it’s critical that we create access to the most advanced thinking in the field, and that is the primary goal here,” said Dean Rodriguez.

“We are delighted to partner with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law for the Planet Lex podcast. In addition to being an amazing institution, our new friends at Northwestern have made this such a rewarding endeavor,” Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti said. “Their abilities to communicate and attract top minds will enable us to deliver content that both entertains us and arouses our intellect. ”

You can subscribe to the podcast via email or on iTunes, Google Play Music, RSS, Stitcher, on the Legal Talk Network iTunes app and the Android app.

About Legal Talk Network

Legal Talk Network is changing the way legal professionals consume content. The network features podcasts by award-winning hosts and some of the most well-known industry thought leaders and organizations, including the ABA Journal, American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, Robert Half Legal, and Above the Law. Legal Talk Network’s shows cover the important tools, technology, and events that shape the industry featuring high-profile guests and legal experts. Legal Talk Network is owned and operated by LAWgical, specializing in marketing, software and media for the legal industry. Follow on Twitter @LegalTalkNet.

About Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is one of the country’s leading law schools. Founded in 1859, Northwestern Law advances the understanding of law and prepares its graduates to excel in a rapidly changing world. Northwestern Law prides itself on its interdisciplinary research faculty, low student-faculty ratios, and collegial culture. Its downtown Chicago location in close proximity to courts, commerce, and public interest activities enables students to experience the practice of law, as well as its theory, in one of the most vibrant legal and business communities in the world.

Four Special Reports from ABA TECHSHOW Not to Miss


by Kelsey Johnson

Jason Marsh and Laurence Colletti during Beer for Bloggers

In this fast moving world of legal technology, you may think that four month old podcasts are already passé, but technology doesn’t move THAT fast. And if you were thinking of trying out one of our podcast interviews from TECHSHOW 2016, why don’t you start with the ones favored by other listeners? These four podcasts were the most downloaded and they continue to be popular, even months after the event. Definitely worth a try if you are thinking about attending the conference next year.


Beers, Bloggers, and Buzzers: Three Questions in 60 Seconds

During an innocent event involving legal bloggers and beer, we set up camp and dragged over these writers for a couple of on-the-spot questions. Whether you know someone we interviewed or just want to hear some fun banter, check out this super amusing and fast-paced round robin podcast. As a bonus, we’ve included blogs and twitter handles of people you might like to connect with.


Collaboration Tools That Save You Time: Part 1

Have you ever sent group emails back and forth exchanging various ideas and pleasantries, only to throw your hands up in exacerbated fury when trying to identify what you decided on weeks later? I have literally already done that once today. But Jonathan Tobin knows better, and he explains why collaboration tools can make all the difference in this podcast based on his ABA TECHSHOW presentation.


Collaboration Tools That Save You Time: Part 2

This is kind of a gimme, but obviously the first interview on collaboration tools was so compelling, our listeners came back for more. Adam Nguyen talks about how lawyers who work together in systems like Google Docs (a free resource) can really save time.


Cloudy with a Chance of Automation

In my personal favorite episode from the conference, Jared Correia asks technology experts Heidi Alexander, Joseph Bahgat, John Mayer, Larry Port, Jack Newton, and Andrew LeGrand for advice on how to get started with automation. Many lawyers know that automating part of their practices can save tons of time, but don’t know where to start. Listen in for a few laughs and a few tips.


If you liked these, take a look at the rest of these great interviews from the conference. Most of them are very short (you can listen to one while finding parking) and cater to your personal legal tech needs. Who knows, you might also find a Legal Talk Network host you really like!