We are pleased to announce Thomson Reuters’ new podcast joining our network. You can read the official press release below:
Thomson Reuters Practical Law Launches New Podcast: “Down the Hall with Practical Law”
EAGAN, MInn., October 6, 2016 – Attorneys can now take a “walk down the hall” anytime to obtain legal know-how from experts who are part of Practical Law’s team of over 200 attorney editors. Thomson Reuters Practical Law today launched a new podcast called “Down the Hall with Practical Law.”
Practical Law is the leading source of legal know-how from experienced practitioners. Its editors have practiced at the world’s leading law firms and in-house departments in a variety of practice areas, and now contribute to generating valuable and timely materials, maintaining thousands of up-to-date, practical resources that provide lawyers with a better, more efficient starting point. The podcast is hosted by Renee Karibi-Whyte, marketing director of Practical Law.
“The value that Practical Law brings to our customers really starts with the expertise and experience of our people, and we want to make our people more accessible, placing them just ‘down the hall’ to share timely views on significant legal trends and topics,” said Karibi-Whyte. “’Down the Hall with Practical Law’ offers another convenient vehicle through which attorneys can obtain the most up-to-date legal know-how that can save them time and increase their efficiency. We are looking forward to extending our mission of sharing valuable resources to make attorneys’ lives easier through our new podcast.”
Some of the initial topics to be covered on “Down the Hall with Practical Law” include: understanding the legal landscape of privacy and data security, featuring Mel Gates, senior legal editor, Privacy and Data Security at Practical Law; avoiding frequent mistakes startups make, featuring Joe Green, senior legal editor and principal member of the Practical Law Startup Resource Group; and employment handbook hot topics, featuring Kate Bally, director of Practical Law’s Labor & Employment Service. Special guests from outside of Practical Law will also be featured in upcoming episodes.
Podcast episodes will be released monthly and listeners can tune in here: Down the Hall with Practical Law. The podcast can also be found on iTunes.
Practical Law provides legal know-how that makes attorneys more efficient and empowers them to provide more value for their clients and organizations. Practical Law is considered a trusted partner by both large and small firms and in-house counsel because of its breadth, depth, accuracy and timeliness of its data. To learn more, visit: us.practicallaw.com.
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.
by Laurence Colletti
Some say that lawyers and numbers don’t mix. Well, perhaps that’s because they never seem to be in the same place at the same time… at least until now. At this year’s Clio Cloud Conference, my third, the dominant dialogue focused around key performance indicators. You know, those figures that CEOs, CFOs, and COOs typically worry about to measure the efficiency and profitability of their companies.
Why is Clio discussing numbers at a conference full of lawyers? Well, before you conclude that Clio isn’t “reading the room” like a bad comic, allow me to share a possibly shocking statistic. In an 8 hour work day, the average attorney is only collecting on 1.4. This number comes from Clio’s “Average Utilization Rate” calculation, later factoring in variables like discounts offered to clients and failures to collect from the same. If that number doesn’t grab you, it might interest you to know that the average billable rate (now at $230.00) has fallen behind inflation as pinned to the consumer price index for the last 6 years. Or said another way, your hard work is buying you less lifestyle.
If you find yourself saying WTF (welcome to figures), you’re not alone. Metrics and numbers like these were touted by Clio CEO and founder Jack Newton during his keynote. He dropped number after number from their report to a packed house of legal minds. The initial reaction was shock followed shortly by “yeah, that sounds about right.”
Where does this information come from and why is Clio distributing it?Answering the first part, this information has been collected from Clio’s cloud-based law practice management software and was sifted and sorted into the Clio Legal Trends Report. The source data is from real practitioners who subscribe to Clio’s software platform, with approximately 150,000 users and 60 billion in billing running through it. In case you’re wondering, confidential information is not used and users are free to opt out.
As for the why, Jack stated in an interview us that Clio wants to continue being a trusted source of information to their users. Armed with information like where’s the best location for my practice, how much should I charge my clients, and how profitable is my firm compared to others, the hope is that lawyers will make better data-driven decisions. In terms of a bottom line, Clio wants to help their users be more profitable. They are planning to turn this information into a more comprehensive annual report on October 17th of this year.
If your head is flooded with numbers, fear not. Clio Cloud Conference is still offering its multi-track educational seminars. In addition to Clio University (Introductory and Master), this year’s attendees were able to glean digestible nuggets from tracks like Legal Technology, Business of Law, Health & Well-Being, and much more. In addition to a deep-dive on the metrics, we feature many interviews about those educational sessions below. Tune in below for instant takeaways from Clio Cloud Conference 2016.
The Power of Data Driven Law
Clio CEO and founder Jack Newton stops by to talk with host Bob Ambrogi about their Clio Legal Trends Report, making data driven decisions, and future developments for Clio. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: The Power of Data Driven Law
Artificial Intelligence and the Law
Andrew Arruda, CEO and co-founder of Y Combinator-backed ROSS Intelligence, stops by to talk with host Victor Li about the use of artificial intelligence in the practice of law. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Artificial Intelligence and the Law
How My Client Landed a Million Dollar Client Through Facebook
Marketing specialist Samantha Collier stops by to talk with host Patrick Palace about the do’s and dont’s of using social media to promote legal practices. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: How My Client Landed a Million Dollar Client Through Facebook
Texas Law Hawk Gets Loud About Marketing
Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk, joins Above The Law’s Joe Patrice, LegalZoom’s Chas Rampenthal, and Legal Talk Network’s Laurence Colletti to discuss personal branding and benefits/pitfalls therein. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Texas Law Hawk Gets Loud About Marketing
Changing Law for Thinking Machines
Ed Walters, CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, stops by to talk with ABA Journal’s Victor Li to talk about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and how the law will adapt to accommodate these technological advancements. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Changing Law for Thinking Machines
How Cons Can Improve Your Practice
Ramón Abadin, immediate past president to The Florida Bar, and Stephen Embry of Frost Brown Todd LLC join host Adriana Linares to discuss why attorneys need to attend conferences despite the time and expense. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: How Cons Can Improve Your Practice
Integration with Immigration Forms Solution PrimaFacie
Clio lawyer in residence, Joshua Lenon welcomes PrimaFacie founders and brothers Jacob Betzold, James Betzold, and Michael Betzold about their immigration forms tool integration with Clio. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Integration with Immigration Forms Solution PrimaFacie
Traditional Contract Drafting Is the Worst
Adams Contracts Consulting LLC founder and president Ken Adams sits down with host Laurence Colletti to discuss the inefficiencies of traditional contract drafting and what can be done to fix and automate that process. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Traditional Contract Drafting Is the Worst
Supercharge Your Firm with Zapier
Andrew Legrand, founding partner of Spera Law Group, LLC, sits down with host Laurence Colletti to talk about automating your law practice through specialized time-saving software designed to perform repetitive tasks for you. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Supercharge Your Firm with Zapier
Preparing for the Clio Cloud Conference
Hosted by Clio lawyer in residence Joshua Lenon, this round table discussion with Clio’s partnership coordinator Andrea Stevenson, director of sales Ryan Sydor, director of product design Ernie Bin, and customer support manager David Perry covers the prep-work that went into the Clio Cloud Conference. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Preparing for the Clio Cloud Conference
Tech Competence in the Modern Law Firm
Hosted by Above The Law’s Joe Patrice, this episode features Procertas founder Casey Flaherty and principal attorney Darth Vaughn talking about how deficiencies in tech knowledge impact the efficient and effective delivery of legal services. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Tech Competence in the Modern Law Firm
Leveraging Tech to Compete with Big Law
Bloomberg Law general manager Melanie Heller joins Above The Law’s Joe Patrice for a discussion about how small firms can compete with Big Law. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Leveraging Tech to Compete with Big Law
Practicing Abroad as a Foreign-Trained Lawyer
Hosted by Clio’s lawyer in residence Joshua Lenon, this episode features Kimberly Motley, the first and only foreign litigator in Afghanistan, and her adventures bringing justice to those who would otherwise not have it. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Practicing Abroad as a Foreign-Trained Lawyer
What Lawyers Can Learn From Accountants
Intuit’s small business ecosystem evangelist David Leary sits down with Victor Li to talk about lessons lawyers can learn from accountants regarding technology and being more profitable. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: What Lawyers Can Learn From Accountants
Exploring Clio’s New Law Firm Index Report
Clio’s vice president of global sales Steven Silberbach and vice president of business development George Psiharis join hosts Kimberly Sanchez and Adriana Linares to discuss using business metrics to run your law firm, the value of Clio’s ability to work with other software packages, and startling facts learned from their legal trends report. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Exploring Clio’s New Law Firm Index Report
Sharing Legal Trends Gathered with Clio
Clio co-founder and COO Rian Gauvreau stops by to talk with host Joe Patrice about Clio’s Legal Trends Report and how that information can be used to run a better more profitable legal practice. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Sharing Legal Trends Gathered with Clio
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by Laurence Colletti
“When our justice system fails these people, we must answer their call and fight on their behalf.” – Linda Klein, President of the American Bar Assocation 2016-2017
The 2016 ABA Annual Meeting took place in San Francisco, California. Like previous annual meetings, the venue was large and spread out amongst multiple hotels and establishments. The sessions featured an amazing array of leaders and speakers whose voices carry great weight in the legal profession as well as our nation — FBI Director James Comey, GCs for Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and state representatives, national advocacy group leaders, and famous authors and writers to mention a few. Being an election year and with tumultuous police/citizen relations, a vacancy at the Supreme Court, an uptick in terrorism, and a worldwide refugee crisis, there was certainly a lot to talk about.
Our ABA Annual coverage spanned several days and involved 31 guests. Day one’s late day coverage began just following our arrival in San Francisco, when we talked about Terrorism, FISA Courts, and the Zika virus. On day two we opened with employee handbooks and election laws, and closed out with celebrity writers, Supreme Court vacancies, driverless cars, and national security. On day three, we talked to both outgoing and incoming ABA Presidents Paulette Brown and Linda Klein. In addition, we recorded interviews about immigration, U.S. tech GCs, and election laws. Before leaving town, we heard about militarization of law enforcement, Japanese Internment in America during World War II, and a personal story of achieving a law degree in the face of adversity.
A special thank you to the guests who joined us on the air each day for being part of our coverage and lending our listeners your voice:
- Cindy Cohn: Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Judge James P. Jones: United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
- Dr. Mohammed Hafez: Associate Professor at the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
- Captain Kenneth Dominguez: Centers for Disease Control
- Professor James Hodge: Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics and Director of the Public Health Law and Policy Program at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.
- Kate Bally: Director of Labor and Employment Service, Practical Law at Thomson Reuters
- Matthew Schiff: Labor and Employment Partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP
- Michael Lotito: Co-Chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute
- Sierra Spitzer: Partner at Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot LLP
- Jonathan Shapiro: Writer and producer for “The Blacklist,” “The Practice,” “Life” and “Boston Legal”. Author of “Liars, Lawyers, and the Art of Storytelling” and “Deadly Force”
- Professor Rachel Moran: Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law
- Nicole Austin-Hillery: Director and Counsel of The Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C.
- Laura Ruettgers: Special Counsel at Severson & Werson
- Professor Bryant Walker Smith: Assistant Professor of Law at University of South Carolina School of Law
- Stephen Wu: Of Counsel at Silicon Valley Law Group
- Gilman Louie: Partner at Alsop Louie Partners
- Marc Rotenberg: President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
- Harvey Rishikof: Chair of the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
- Paulette Brown: President of the American Bar Association 2015-2016
- Holly Cooper: Associate Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Davis, School of Law
- Elisa Massimino: President and CEO of Human Rights First
- President Linda Klein: President of the American Bar Association 2016-2017
- Cynthia Cwik: Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law
- Heather Rafter: Former Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law
- Rep. Paul Stam: Speaker Pro Tempore in the North Carolina House of Representatives
- Rashidah Grinage: Coordinator for the Coalition of Police Accountability
- William “Dub” Lawrence: Former Sheriff for Davis County, Utah
- Jeff Adachi: Elected Public Defender of San Francisco
- Cathleen Yonahara: Employment Partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP
- Karen Korematsu: Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute
- Andrea Jarmon: Founder of The Jarmon Law Group
The following series of audio links will bring you to the interviews discussed above. We hope you enjoy these episodes as much as we had recording them:
Predicting and Preventing Terrorist Attacks
Cindy Cohn, executive director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Judge James P. Jones, United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Dr. Mohammed Hafez, associate professor at the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, join hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek to talk about terrorism and the FISA Court. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Predicting and Preventing Terrorist Attacks
Captain Kenneth Dominguez of the Centers for Disease Control and Professor James Hodge of Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University join host Joe Patrice for a discussion about the Zika virus and why lack of funding is slowing U.S. response to what would normally be a non-deadly disease. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Zika Virus
Minefield in the Modern Employee Handbook
Kate Bally, Director of Labor and Employment Service, Practical Law at Thomson Reuters, Matthew Schiff, labor and employment partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP, Michael Lotito, co-chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, and Sierra Spitzer, partner at Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot LLP join host Laurence Colletti for a conversation about “landmine” issues in the modern employee handbook. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Minefield in the Modern Employee Handbook
Law School and Writing Legal Dramas for Television
Host Sandy Gallant-Jones interviews television writer, producer, and author Jonathan Shapiro about his experience as an attorney and how he leverages it to create new content both on and off the screen. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Law School and Writing Legal Dramas for Television
The Current State of the Supreme Court
Host and Above the Law Editor Joe Patrice interviews Professor Rachel Moran from UCLA School of Law and Nicole Austin-Hillery, the director and counsel of The Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C. to talk about Justice Scalia’s passing and the current state of the Supreme Court. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: The Current State of the Supreme Court
Laura Ruettgers, special counsel at Severson & Werson, Professor Bryant Walker from University of South Carolina School of Law, and Stephen Wu, of counsel at Silicon Valley Law Group join host Joe Patrice to talk about the morality and liability of driverless cars. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Driverless Cars
Emerging issues in Law Enforcement and National Security
Host Joe Patrice interviews Gilman Louie, partner at Alsop Louie Partners, Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and Harvey Rishikof, chair of the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Together they talk about technology’s effect on law enforcement and national security. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Emerging issues in Law Enforcement and National Security
Outgoing President Paulette Brown’s Year in Review
Outgoing ABA President Paulette Brown sits down with hosts Sandy Gallant-Jones and Kareem Aref to talk about her year as the leader of the American Bar Association and the accomplishments along the way. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Outgoing President Paulette Brown’s Year in Review
The Global Immigration Crisis
Host Joe Patrice interviews Holly Cooper, the associate director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Davis, School of Law and Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First. Together, they talk about the global immigration crisis and the failure of governments around the world to live up to their obligations. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: The Global Immigration Crisis
President Linda Klein’s Year To Come
Incoming ABA President Linda Klein sits down with hosts Lynae Tucker and Chris Morgan to discuss her upcoming year and goals as the leader of the American Bar Association. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: President Linda Klein’s Year To Come
What’s Next? Tech’s Top Counsel Reveal All
The current and former chair for the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, Cynthia Cwik and Heather Rafter, talk with host Joe Patrice about what they learned from their power panel of tech GCs from Uber, Salesforce, and Oculus. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: What’s Next? Tech’s Top Counsel Reveal All
North Carolina Voter and Election Laws After Shelby
Host Joe Patrice interviews Representative Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore in the North Carolina House of Representatives about election laws and redistricting. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: North Carolina Voter and Election Laws After Shelby
The Militarization of Law Enforcement
Rashidah Grinage, coordinator for the Coalition of Police Accountability, William “Dub” Lawrence, former sheriff for Davis County, Utah, Jeff Adachi, elected public defender of San Francisco, and Cathleen Yonahara, employment partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP sit down with hosts Laurence Colletti and Kareem Aref to talk about their session, titled “How the Militarization of Law Enforcement Has Affected Peace Officers and the Communities They Serve.” Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: The Militarization of Law Enforcement
Korematsu v. United States
Host Kareem Aref interviews Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute about her father’s landmark case, Korematsu v. United States, and its applicability to the today’s climate in response to the War on Terror. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Korematsu v. United States
Overcoming Adversity to Pursue a Career in Law
Andrea Jarmon tells her story of overcoming homelessness, domestic abuse, and an unplanned teenage pregnancy to become a lawyer who helps others in matters of domestic abuse and family law. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Overcoming Adversity to Pursue a Career in Law
If you’re a fan of Special Reports, then you know that Legal Talk Network travels the country pretty regularly to cover the biggest conferences in legal. We’re excited to share that starting today, Special Reports will now be called On the Road with Legal Talk Network.
There will be a slight change in format and new artwork, but Legal Talk Network will keep bringing you the same great interviews with influential guests. We’ll be debuting the new format with coverage of this weekend’s ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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We’re very excited for this new change. If you have feedback on this or other shows, let us know in the comments or send an email to [email protected]
We’ll see you on the road…
by Kelsey Johnson
Let’s face it. Legal Talk Network makes podcasts for lawyers. We’re not ashamed of it. And as a legal nerd and podcast nerd, I love them, but when I’m recommending episodes to my non-lawyer friends, sometimes I run short. That’s why I’m so excited for our new podcast Planet Lex. For a podcast made by a law school (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law) with the dean as host, Planet Lex is surprisingly accessible and compelling to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
The first episode is an interview with Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider, the post-conviction attorneys for Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects from the documentary Making a Murderer. Drizin and Nirider are central parts to the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, having spent years working to overturn wrongful convictions and ensure evidence is reliable. They discuss the Brendan Dassey and other cases with host Dan Rodriguez, describing the events that happened and why, from a legal standpoint, his confession might be unreliable as evidence. For any Making a Murderer fans jonesing for more information, you will learn a lot about the appeals process from the lawyers who are directly involved. Listen to Defending Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer”.
Episode 2 features music copyright. Wait, stay with me. The evolution of how musicians make money, and why it has become increasingly important due to technological advancements, is not only important, it’s interesting. Whether you are thinking of pursuing your own musical career (after listening to the podcast, I recommend against it) or are simply curious about how artists make (or don’t make) money from your Spotify list, guest Peter DiCola offers in-depth and accessible answers to both. Listen to The Evolution of Copyright in Music.
On the third episode of Planet Lex, Dan Rodriguez talks with Emerson Tiller and Leslie Oster about the new Master of Science in Law Program at Northwestern, a program meant for STEM professionals. STEM stands for people studying or working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or, in other words, people who traditionally think very differently than lawyers. But, as Tiller and Oster explain, when legal skills are combined with STEM backgrounds, it results in valuable business skills. Don’t know about you, but now I’m interested. Listen to Integrating the Law and STEM Focused Multidisciplinary Education.
If you’ve been thinking about trying out a new legal podcast or are looking for a recommendation for your non-lawyer friends or partners, Planet Lex might be just the podcast for you. I know I’ll be listening. Let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook!
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.
In 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. ”
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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.
by Kelsey Johnson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
by: Laurence Colletti
Landing in Orlando to catch an evening Uber to the hotel marked the beginning of our time with The Florida Bar at their 2016 annual convention. In true form to their association, I didn’t make it 20 feet inside the lobby before I was greeted by Florida public interest attorney Kimberly Sanchez. Despite over 100,000 plus members, it seems that the Florida lawyers all know each other by first name.
Our early conversations gravitated to the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which took place several days before our trip. In juxtaposition to that horrible tragedy, The Florida Bar seemed resolute to carry on and deal with the security challenges and speaker change ups that inevitably occurred. It was clear that the sadness and confusion wasn’t going to unmoor them from their duties.
All in all, we ended up with more interviews than we had originally planned. We regret not being able to talk with City of Orlando Chief of Police John Mina, but we certainly understand that his city needed him on more important matters. We wish to thank him for his service and also for the hospitality of Administrative Specialist to the Chief Evelyn Aponte. She made a special point to keep us apprised of Chief Mina’s situation and wished us safe travels during a very difficult time for Orlando.
Our coverage begins with leadership and The Florida Bar as Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares talked to former, current, and future bar presidents Ben Hill, Ramón A. Abadin, and Bill Schifino. During the conversation, each president addressed issues and themes in their time as leader. They discussed the importance of trusting their executive director and why it’s important for young lawyers to get involved with the bar early in their career. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Past, Present, and Future Bar Presidents
Like many bar associations, The Florida Bar disseminates information and pertinent efforts through its committees, divisions, and sections. We had the privilege of talking to many of these groups to learn about current efforts, programs, and future events. Kicking things off, we learned more about the annual convention itself when 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention Co-Chairs Melanie S. Griffin and Renée Thompson joined us for a conversation about their recent security challenges, efforts to provide a family-friendly venue, and proudest moments during event prep. We learn that next year’s convention will return to Boca Raton and the top three reasons Florida lawyers should attend. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Organizing The Event
Our coverage continues with Pete Sweeney, chair of the Member Benefits Committee of The Florida Bar. Host Adriana Linares talks with Pete about his committee’s role, the offering of member benefits, and how companies can pitch new services and products to The Florida Bar’s member benefits program. Tune in to hear more about their offerings to Florida attorneys. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Member Benefits Committee
Next up, we hear from practice area groups within The Florida Bar as their leadership stops by to discuss their programs, why attorneys should join, and much more. Here are just a few examples of the topics discussed during this series of interviews with different sections and divisions:
Similar to previous years, the 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention featured many wonderful speakers. Although the entirety of presenters would be too much to cover, we were able to catch up with many notable individuals:
- Former ABA President William Hubbard stops by to talk with co-hosts Adriana Linares and John Stewart about the future of legal technology as a way for lawyers to implement cost structures that will allow them to offer more affordable services through efficiency. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: William Hubbard on the Future of Legal Technology
- Barbara Leach discusses her bankruptcy law contributions to the Florida Law Update presentations. Among the many topics discussed, she touches on trends, reasons for financial difficulties, and student loan debt. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Bankruptcy Update
- Jay Kim stops by to talk about the stability of commercial litigation, business friendly climate of Florida’s legal system, and possible changes in the way attorney’s fees are awarded. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Updates in Business Law
- Kimberly Sanchez, the executive director of legal aid in central Florida, interviews CEO Bruce Blackwell and director of pro bono partnerships Ericka Garcia from The Florida Bar Foundation. Together, they talk about the underprivileged and their growing need for legal services. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Providing Legal Aid and Pro Bono Services
- Andrea Eliscu, founder of Dueling Dragons of Orlando, discusses her boat racing program that pairs at risk kids with volunteer police officers in an effort to enhance community peace through teamwork. Hear about decreased arrests, improved GPAs, and lower dropout rates. Listen here: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Dueling Dragons Outreach Program
- Denis deVlaming talks about his criminal law contributions to the Florida Law Update presentations. Among the many topics discussed, he touches on Hurst v. Florida, Miller v. Alabama, and their relative effects on the death penalty and life sentences in the state of Florida. Listen here to listen: 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Criminal Law Update
We hope you enjoy listening to our coverage of the 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention!
We are excited to announce that Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti has been selected as a panelist for one of the Legal Communicators Media Conference 2016 Media Panels. He is joined by four other media professionals.
The Media Panel (Panel 7) will be from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 17th, and includes Jessica Gresko, a reporter with The Associated Press, Anneliese Mahoney, lead editor for Law Street Media, and Tom Taylor, the news director for Bloomberg BNA, as well as our executive producer, Laurence Colletti.
Laurence Colletti—Executive Producer, Legal Talk Network
Jessica Gresko—Reporter, The Associated Press
Anneliese Mahoney—Lead Editor, Law Street Media
Tom Taylor—News Director, Bloomberg BNA
Friday, June 17th—10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Conference runs Thursday, June 16th through Friday, June 17th)
The George Washington University Law School
The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
200 H Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20052
The conference was designed specifically for law school communication and PR professionals. Top journalists and education editors will present at the conference, covering making the right contacts, broaden your professional network, and helping you gain a better understanding of important, pressing topics in law.
The two day conference is held at the George Washington University Law School.