by Laurence Colletti
It was very apropos that Miami became the backdrop for this year’s ABA Midyear meeting. The word of the week was immigration and it was used with zealous amplitude. Unless you were buried under your desk at work and separated from your mobile, it was impossible to escape the nonstop media coverage of sanctuary cities, executive orders, travel bans, and, of course, political tension. No matter what your position on immigration might be, the country is ablaze with differing opinions about the proper course of action.
Of course, there were other topics on the minds of attendees and participants at the ABA Midyear Meeting, and we did our best to learn about them all. Our coverage began with the leader of the American Bar Association herself, President Linda Klein, being interviewed by Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek. During their time together, President Klein discussed her veterans initiative, ABA Blueprint, the SCOTUS nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, and Law Day 2017. Next up, we broached the topic of student loan debt with Crystal Araujo, Jennifer Nicholls, Whitney Barkley Denney, and Michael Dumas as they talked about rising student loans, income-driven repayment plans, and how law schools are reacting to concerns from borrowers with our hosts Sandy Gallant-Jones of ABA Law Student Podcast and, once again, Sharon Nelson of Digital Detectives.
During our days in Miami, we engaged in other discussions stemming from civil justice, activities of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the decline of jury trials to best practices for corporate counsel, voting rules for the Senate, and solutions for road rage. In addition, we talked about the necessity for attorneys in the entertainment industry, doing business in Cuba, and ethics in public sector law. On our last day of interviews, we concluded our coverage with a two part discussion about immigration.
To hear more, tune in below to our reports from On the Road at the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting.
Updates from ABA President Linda Klein
American Bar Association President Linda Klein joins hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek to discuss her veterans initiative, ABA Blueprint, the SCOTUS nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, and Law Day 2017. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Updates from ABA President Linda Klein
Fighting the Tide of Student Debt
Hosts Sandy Gallant-Jones and Sharon Nelson are joined by Jennifer Nicholls, Crystal Araujo, Whitney Barkley-Denney, and Michael Dumas to talk about rising student loan debt, income-driven repayment plans, and how law schools are reacting to concerns from borrowers. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Fighting the Tide of Student Debt
Civil Justice for All
Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer, former Chief Justice Wallace Bernard Jefferson, Judge Jennifer D. Bailey, and Dean Hannah Lieberman from the David A. Clark School of Law join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti for a conversation about their committee report on improving costs and efficiency in the civil justice system. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Civil Justice for All
Lawyers: The Next Generation
Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti sits down with ABA Young Lawyers Division Chair Anna Romanskaya to discuss what new lawyers need to know about running a practice today and how their section is helping improve access to education for young people nationwide. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Lawyers: The Next Generation
The Decline of American Jury Trials
Greenberg Traurig attorney and American Bar Association’s Commission on the American Jury Chair Alan Dimond sits down with Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to discuss reasons for the dramatic fall in jury trials in both civil and criminal courts and what, if anything, should be done about it. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: The Decline of American Jury Trials
Corporate Counsel Boot Camp
Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti is joined by Gallup, Inc. Associate Counsel Kara Jermain for a conversation about best practices for corporate counsel and the importance of understanding different perspectives on the job. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Corporate Counsel Boot Camp
City of Tampa Councilman Mike Suarez, Lynx Companies Vice President of Strategic Development Andrew M. Korge, and Florida real estate and business attorney Brian Willis join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to talk about road rage, the reasons for, and predictions for solutions thereof. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Road Rage
When Voting Goes Nuclear
Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti is joined by Governance Institute President Russell R. Wheeler and Sidley Austin LLP’s White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations group global co-leader Karen Popp to discuss the “Nuclear Option” and the impact of changing procedural rules at the US Senate. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: When Voting Goes Nuclear
Attorneys in the Spotlight
Directors, producers, and attorneys Richard Rappaport, Neda Ghomeshi, Bryan Thompson, Emily Patricia Graham, Tyler Rabinowitz, Jose Sariego, and Shannon Harvey join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to talk about the the current state of the entertainment industry and why attorneys are needed more than ever. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Attorneys in the Spotlight
Business in Cuba
Legal Talk Network CEO Adam Camras and Executive Producer Laurence Colletti sit down with customs attorney Peter Quinter, editor in chief of Cuba Journal Simons Chase, and commercial litigation attorney Carolina Blanco to discuss future business prospects and recent immigration policy changes with Cuba. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Business in Cuba
The Ethics of Ethics
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker and lawyer-turned-independent writer Katherine Mikkelson join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti for thespian-styled role playing exercises designed to highlight different ethical dilemmas public sector lawyers face. Who knew ethical conundrums could be so entertaining? Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: The Ethics of Ethics
The Executive Order on Immigration and How Lawyers Can Help
Host Reid Trautz and Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti sit down with Judge Dana Leigh Marks and Esther Olavarria from the Department of Homeland Security for a conversation about immigration, executive orders, and how lawyers from different areas of practice can get involved. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: The Executive Order on Immigration and How Lawyers Can Help
Immigration Law with Reid Trautz
American Immigration Lawyers Association Practice and Professionalism Director Reid Trautz joins Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to discuss confusion behind the recent travel ban implemented by the Trump Administration, predictions for upcoming executive orders, and avenues for attorneys to get involved. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Immigration Law with Reid Trautz
By Kelsey Johnson
Wow, has 2016 been a big year for Legal Talk Network. We launched four new shows, recorded interviews at eight legal conferences, took one trip with our entire staff (to ABA TECHSHOW), and consumed 1,846 cups of coffee (a rough estimate). Through all this excitement, we’ve continued to publish our monthly and bi-weekly podcasts and more legal professionals than ever are listening!
If you’re a new listener or an long-time fan who is looking for new podcasts, take a look at what others favored over the past year. You might just find an entirely new show that teaches you about legal news, offers tips on improving your practice, or just makes you laugh. These aren’t our favorite podcasts, they’re YOUR favorite podcasts! Check out each of our shows’ most popular podcast of 2016.
ABA Journal: Asked & Answered
How can you attract positive media attention for yourself or your clients?
What are the best ways to approach reporters when you’re looking for a media spotlight?
ABA Journal: Legal Rebels
Tech fails too, says Sensei’s Sharon Nelson
Sharon Nelson explains how to stay patient and avoid getting angry when (not if) your technology fails.
ABA Journal: Modern Law Library
Prosecutor’s book offers first-hand look at ‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Avery
Steven Avery’s lawyer, Michael Griesbach talks about how he used DNA evidence to achieve Avery’s exoneration.
ABA Law Student Podcast
How to Land the Right Summer Associates Program
What should a recent graduate do to help increase their chances of finding a firm that is the right fit for them while providing the work experience necessary to land a first job?
Cyber Security Audits and Options for Your Law Firm
Learn why tech savvy clients are now concerned with their lawyer’s ability to protect their files and privileged communications (and what to do about it).
The Digital Edge
The Law is Not Copyrightable: Fastcase Sues Casemaker
Why Ed Walters thinks keeping public law in the public domain is so important. This was one of my favorite podcasts of the year.
Down the Hall with Practical Law
Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can’t Afford to Make
The common mistakes made by startup companies and how a lawyer can properly represent them.
The Florida Bar Podcast
No Law Firm is Too Small for Cyber Security
Cybersecurity isn’t just for Biglaw firms anymore (was it ever?). This podcast helps lawyers assess their security risk and explains why cybersecurity is important.
Cisco GC Mark Chandler on Automation and International Surveillance
“I don’t measure my relevance or success by the number of people who report to me.” -Mark Chandler. How do you not want to listen to an interview with this GC?
The Insurance Law Podcast
Rescinding an Automobile Policy of Insurance in New Jersey
A discussion on the circumstances in which an insurance carrier can void or rescind a policy in the state of New Jersey.
The Kennedy-Mighell Report
Home Tech vs Work Tech: Managing the Intersection
For lawyers that are required to use different technology platforms at work than they prefer at home (think Apple vs. PCs), Dennis and Tom discuss how to bridge the gap.
Law Technology Now
How Artificial Intelligence Will Influence the Future of Legal Practice
How AI will revolutionize the practice of law and provide greater access to it for the masses.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer
The Panama Papers
An inside look at the Panama Papers, Mossack Fonseca’s role, shell companies and offshore bank accounts, and the issues of data security and tax evasion.
#89 Starting a Solo Practice, with Mac Power Users Podcaster Katie Floyd
Katie believes that technology is the great equalizer for the small firm and solo practitioner.
The Legal Toolkit
The Art of the Entertainment Deal
Jeff B. Cohen, aka Chunk from The Goonies, to talks about why he decided to become a lawyer and discusses dealmaking in the context of the law.
Top Tips for Attorneys from the 2017 ABA TECHSHOW Board
Different experts’ need to know advice for newly solo attorneys.
On the Road
ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Collaboration Tools That Save You Time
Lawyers who work together in systems like Google Docs rather than sending emails back and forth can really save time.
The Paralegal Voice
What Paralegals Need to Know About Going Paperless
Paralegals often play an important role in the process of moving a business to a paperless model. Learn why you should encourage your firm to go paperless and the risks and perils of improper execution.
Defending Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer”
It turns out “Making a Murderer” was so popular, people want more information. This time it’s an interview with the lawyers of Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery’s nephew.
Robert Half Legal Report
Changing Roles and Staffing Models for Paralegals and Other Legal Support Professionals
An examination of the changing roles of paralegals and other support professionals in today’s legal workplace.
Thinking Like A Lawyer
Freedom Of The Press In Trump’s America
Charles Glasser explains why he’s actually optimistic about freedom of the press, despite Trump’s campaign rhetoric about “opening up” libel law.
The Seven Parts of Your Law Firm Business
How law firm owners can balance marketing, sales, production, people, the physical plant, financial controls, and themselves.
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Legal Talk Network announces that the Lawyerist Podcast joins the network on November 16th.
Denver, CO – Legal Talk Network is pleased to announce that the Lawyerist Podcast officially comes to Legal Talk Network on November 16th. Hosted by Lawyerist Editor in Chief Sam Glover and CEO Aaron Street, The Lawyerist Podcast is a weekly show about lawyering and law practice in which Sam and Aaron have conversations with successful lawyers and interesting people.
“We are excited to be working with the Lawyerist team on their podcast,” Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti said. “They have done a great job of creating an engaging and useful show and we are confident our audience will agree.”
You can listen to their most recent podcast, The Evolution of Online Marketing, with Greg Siskind, and others on iTunes or on Legal Talk Network.
The Lawyerist Podcast will have new episodes weekly on Wednesdays covering legal tech, legal marketing, and access to justice and is rapidly approaching its 100th episode.
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About Lawyerist Podcast
The Lawyerist Podcast is a show about lawyering and law practice hosted by Sam Glover and Aaron Street. Every week Sam and Aaron have conversations with successful lawyers and interesting people.
About Legal Talk Network
Legal Talk Network features podcasts hosted by well-known thought leaders and organizations in legal, including the American Bar Association, the ABA Journal, Thomson Reuters, The Florida Bar, Robert Half Legal, Above the Law, and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Over 20 active podcasts give legal professionals on-demand access to tools and technology developments in law, association news, industry events, law student issues, practice tips, and conversations with key legal influencers.
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@example.com.
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. ”
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.
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