Denver, CO— Legal Talk Network and the ABA Journal have launched the ABA Journal: Legal Rebels Podcast to highlight legal pioneers who are remaking the profession by changing the way law is practiced and setting future standards
Listeners now have access to the show’s first three episodes, featuring a new segment of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels project — Legal Rebels Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will feature those who innovated and remade aspects of the profession before the Journal launched the popular Legal Rebels project in 2009.
“I’m excited about the extension of our Legal Rebels project into podcasting. Here we can have full and frank conversations with the people who are truly making a mark on the profession, shaking up the status quo,” said Allen Pusey, the editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association.
The initiative, which began April 19, marks the latest addition to the list of collaborative shows between the ABA and the national media network. In October, the ABA Law Student Division launched the ABA Law Student Podcast, joining the ABA’s Modern Law Library and Asked and Answered podcasts on the network. With the addition of the Legal Rebels Podcast, there are now four collaborative shows on the network.
“I have always loved the Legal Rebels project and couldn’t be happier to continue to foster our growing relationship with the American Bar Association,” said Legal Talk Network CEO Adam Camras. “To help bring the association’s initiatives and projects to a broadcast format and reach those lawyers who are consuming content on the go is a no brainer. We’re looking forward to producing and listening to the profiles of some of the biggest leaders in law.”
The podcast adds a third major component to the Legal Rebels Project, which now includes Legal Rebels honorees, featured each September in the ABA Journal and on the Legal Rebels website, and The New Normal column, appearing regularly at Legal Rebels website.
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.
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During our recent trip to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW, we “crashed” the Beer for Bloggers party with our portable gear and two mics in hand. We found a nice corner in the Chicago Hilton’s swanky 720 South Bar & Grill and once we set up and settled in, our team (Adam Camras, Kimberly Faber, Jabarie Brown, Kelsey Johnson, Adam Lockwood, and yours truly) walked around the room looking for bloggers courageous enough to join in on a fun little game.
Why such bravado, you might ask? Well, in honor of 30 years of ABA TECHSHOW, we decided to buzz the bloggers with a galant game of daring deeds. No, it’s not jousting windmills, besting giants, or reciting the rule against perpetuities . This game is far more harrowing, an epic duel of the minds… well, sort of.
The game was this: answer three questions in one minute or else we drop the buzzer. The first question was easy, the second was difficult, and the third was downright dangerous.
Tell us about your blog.
From this year’s ABA TECHSHOW to next year’s, what will your most popular blog post be about?
Who is your ABA TECHSHOW professional crush?
All in all, we wrangled over 30 bloggers to play our game. Some of them won, some of them couldn’t beat the buzzer, and some were nearly disqualified. Tune in to hear fun accounts from leading legal bloggers, learn who harbors the most TECHSHOW crushes, and discover who likes to cheat during a game with no prizes.
This year’s ABA TECHSHOW included many great speakers and topics. We were able to sit down for interviews with presenters and to address hot button topics in Special Reports recorded and produced right from the expo hall floor!
Keynote Speaker Cindy Cohn on NSA Mass Surveillance
At the ABA TECHSHOW, Cindy Cohn gave a keynote speech discussing the NSA, the fourth amendment, the Apple vs. FBI case, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Bringing Affordable Legal Services to the Masses
In this Special Report host Ray Abadin sits down with CEO and Founder of Avvo Inc. Mark Britton to discuss his ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presentation entitled,”Atticus Finch, and Access: Bringing Quality and Affordable Legal Services to the Masses.”
Practicing Law in an Age of Mass Surveillance
What has changed for lawyers in this “post-Snowden” world? Although this topic could be discussed for days, we lightly touch on the main themes in this Special Report with David Lat, Ben Wizner, and host Sharon Nelson.
Microsoft Office Add-ins and Apps
In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews lawyers and legal technology experts Bob Ambrogi and Catherine Sanders Reach about Microsoft Office tips you can use in your law practice today.
Meaningful Presentations on a Budget
Do you want to create impressive and meaningful presentations without having ample finances? Get some advice from Mark Hindelang and Joshua Hoeppner in this episode of Special Reports with host Laurence Colletti.
Passing Your IT Security Audit
Cyber security experts Sherri Davidoff and Sharon Nelson spoke in a presentation titled “Passing Your IT Security Audit” at ABA TECHSHOW 2016. Before their presentation, they stop by to discuss the topic with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti.
Collaboration Tools That Save You Time
One of the hosts of the presentation, “Realtime Collaboration Isn’t Just for Conference Rooms Anymore,” Tobin talks about how lawyers who work together in systems like Google Docs rather than sending emails back and forth can really save time.
Collaboration Tools That Save You Time: Part 2
This Special Report continues the discussion of independent collaboration tools that streamline processes and reduce the time you spend working together. Adam Nguyen stops by to chat about these new tools with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti during ABA TECHSHOW 2016.
Cloudy with a Chance of Automation
In this Special Report, Jared Correia interviews Heidi Alexander, Joseph Bahgat, John Mayer, Larry Port, Jack Newton, and Andrew LeGrand, and presenters at ABA TECHSHOW 2016
Empower Your Client’s Autonomy with Technology
At ABA TECHSHOW 2016, Dennis Kennedy interviews legal technology consultant Jeff Krause about implementing firm practices to create an autonomous experience for clients.
Using Excel in Your Law Office
Hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek interview ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presenters Ivan Hemmans and Allan Mackenzie about how beginners and experts can better use Excel to improve their law practice.
The Mac Power Users
In this Special Report, John W. Simek interviews Macintosh experts Katie Floyd, Jeff Schoenberger, and David Sparks about their presentation at ABA TECHSHOW 2016
Creating Compelling Podcast and Video Content
In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Legal Talk Network CEO Adam Camras and legal technology expert Tom Mighell about creating valuable content, what equipment you might need, and steps you can take today to get started.
At this year’s ABA TECHSHOW, Vice Chair Adriana Linares (also the host of New Solo and the Florida Bar Podcast) and Kennedy-Mighell Report co-host Dennis Kennedy sat down for live interviews with some of the speakers, attendees, and TECHSHOW Chair Steve Best. In this TECHSHOW Today series, the duo and their guests discuss the conference, cloud computing, multi-device use, lawyers as entrepreneurs, the future of legal tech, and more.
Steve Best and Randy Juip: The Board’s Focus for TECHSHOW 2016 and The Mac Track
In this previously recorded live broadcast, ABA TECHSHOW 2016 Chair and Affinity Consultant Group owner Steve Best and Randy Juip of Foley Baron Metzgir Juip sit down with Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to discuss the current state of lawyering and the future.
Steve Best shared details of a meeting immediately after TECHSHOW 2015, and how this year the board was focused on breaking the mold and challenging everyone to find new speakers and cutting edge topics.
Juip, who runs the Mac track at the conference, talks about why the track drew him to TECHSHOW in the first place, lessons he learned when leaving his firm for a new job that required him to be more tech savvy, and the value in learning and training tips with other attendees. This year’s Mac track focused on teaching attorneys to use Macs more effectively through sessions like “Taking the Plunge”, which encouraged attorneys to jump from PCs.
Barbara Leach: The Importance of Conferences, Networking, and the Future of Legal
First time attendee Barbara Leach joins Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to discuss ABA TECHSHOW, the importance of conferences and networking, and the future of legal.
Joshua Lenon of Clio: Cloud Computing, Multi-Device Use, and the LCCA
Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence for Clio, sits down with Adriana Linares during ABA TECHSHOW 2016 to discuss his role at Clio, the conference and its benefits, the cloud, multi-device use and how it affects information storage, the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), and more.
Debbie Foster: TECHSHOW App, Bar Associations, Tips for Next Year’s Conference
Debbie Foster joins Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to give recognition to ABA TECHSHOW board members, the app and its uses, the various bar associations, and all of the people who get involved. They also share tips for those who plan to attend TECHSHOW next year.
Michael Robak and Ed Sohn: E-Discover, AI, Education, the Dean’s Roundtable, and Creating Tools that Supplement Lawyers Rather Than Replace Them
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Associate Law Library Director and CTO Michael Robak joins Senior Director of Legal Managed Services at Thomson Reuters Ed Sohn as well as Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to discuss ABA TECHSHOW 2016.
Their conversation discusses e-discovery, artificial intelligence and whether we’ll see it coming to law, the importance of education and awareness, and more.
“E-discovery has yet to be discovered by law schools.” – Michael Robak
Is e-discovery a saturated market? Where can value be added? 9 out of 10 surveyed respondents in a survey reported they were unhappy with their solution. Technology is moving quickly but adoption is still low.
Michael Robak also touched on the Dean’s Roundtable, a panel that discussed opportunities to develop technology and create tools that supplement lawyers rather than replace them.
Tom Mighell and Nicole Bradick: Relationship Building, Attendee to Speaker, Lawyers as Entrepreneurs
Nicole Bradick, chief strategy officer at CureLegal, and Tom Mighell sit down with Dennis Kennedy to discuss ABA TECHSHOW 2016.
Nicole started out as an attendee and transformed into an involved speaker for her third year of attendance. Nicole first came to TECHSHOW because of her reliance on technology, and finds the networking and relationship building at the conference social events to be invaluable. Nicole presented on lawyers as entrepreneurs and discussed innovating business practices and canvases to think differently about their practices.
“The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and EXPO is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. For three days, attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available. Our variety of CLE programming offers a great deal of education in just a short amount of time.”
ABA TECHSHOW®, presented by the ABA Law Practice Division, was a blast! We conducted live video interviews, recorded and produced audio interviews in Special Reports, and blogged from sessions. Keep reading for conference coverage.
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New Solo host Adriana Linares and Kennedy-Mighell Report co-host Dennis Kennedy hosted live interviews from the conference. You can watch the recorded broadcasts in the playlist below. Just click the skip ahead button or the 1/6 icons to watch others, or select an interview from the list below.
The keynote speaker, Cindy Cohn, was introduced with a quote from The National Law Journal, “[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.” Since she discussed the NSA and data collection on Legal Talk Network in 2014, I am familiar with her story and her passion for user privacy and freedom of expression. But Ms. Cohn’s keynote speech was a strong statement that captured the attention of the entire audience. According to her, it should. We are all affected by mass surveillance of internet communications.
Cohn, executive director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), began the keynote by describing the EFF’s passion for civil liberties in an increasingly technological world. The organization started 25 years ago, we learned, is funded by the community, and focuses on litigation, activation, and building technologies to help its cause. Later, she candidly admitted that the speech is not unbiased; she endeavors to have us join her cause.
At this point, Cohn dove deep into the details of NSA spying, the stages of data collection, and the extent to which she believes this data collection and surveillance goes against the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I couldn’t possibly do her thorough and engaging explanation justice, so please see what she has authored on the subject. I personally learned that most mass data collection and analysis is done under the guise of protection from foreign threat.
“How many people in here have iPhones?” Cohn then asked. More than half of the audience raised their hands and, with an eyebrow raise, she reminded us of the importance of the FBI versus Apple case, currently pending. This case, apparently chosen because of the terrorism factor, was thought to have elicited a sympathetic response from the public. The public outcry seems to be that we are compromising privacy for security, but we are actually compromising security for security. Can we as the public afford to compromise the security Apple works hard to create in order for the NSA to keep our country secure?
After her fervent finale, she answered some questions, and then was closed by an enthusiastic standing ovation. Cohn herself admitted that her topic is much more popular in a post-Snowden world and she is right. Her keynote speech was well received and the audience was enthralled.
Cindy Cohn came by the Legal Talk Network booth after her speech for an exclusive interview with Dennis Kennedy and Bob Ambrogi. Stay tuned for it to go live.
“If your clients believe you are better than your competition, they are willing to pay you more for your services.” -Jason Marsh
Talking about niche law practices is an entertaining subject in itself, but presenters Jason Marsh, Andrew Legrand, and Will Hornsby deliver their marketing advice with humor and clear experience in their presentation “General Practice to Boutique: Developing a Niche Practice”. Why develop a niche practice? Essentially, it’s a marketing tool to target a certain audience and grow your practice. Even if you think your target area is narrow, go even further to focus geographically or in a certain field. For example, if you are a business lawyer, market yourself as a small business lawyer. If you practice personal injury, be an injury lawyer for bicycle accidents in Denver. In other words, make your potential clients understand why you are special and they should choose you over your competition.
As a niche lawyer, you can create a brand and notoriety behind yourself. Basically, you want people to know your name so that when there is an issue you are THE lawyer to turn to. For examples, Marsh, Legrand, and Hornsby include many fun niches like wine law, the food truck lawyer, bicycle law, equine law, packaging law, and drone law.
Although the presenters weigh heavily on a top-of-mind mentality, the underlying idea of this presentation is SEO. After identifying and properly funneling a niche, Marsh says, you can use content strategies, social media, email, pay-per-click marketing, or other tactics to rank in the search engines when people search for topics in your practice area. Without the online marketing, your niche is likely to be much less valuable and important.
And don’t forget, you aren’t limited to your niche. If properly done, it’s just an effective marketing tool to increase online visibility and notoriety.
Ethics rules for advertising vary state to state so make sure you and your marketing consultant are aware of your state’s rules.
The event is one of many smaller, regional meetings focusing on technology in law, and will include a panel, Darwin Talk, and details for those on the customer-facing side of legal. You can read more details about the event below.
In this new era of smartphones, personalization, and efficiency, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for attorneys and law firms to give their clients the services that they demand. And there has been talk of “death of big law.” Experts point to the increasing price, the low accessibility, and the inconveniences of the current legal industry as reasons, but all of these aspects encompass a common core problem – a lack of client-driven technology solutions. Join our expert panel to see where the future of law is headed and explore new innovations that are available for attorneys to use to help make their clients feel more valued.
5:30 p.m. – Demo Tables for Innovators & Sponsors During Networking Wine & Cheese 6:20 p.m. – Welcome with Adam Camras, CEO Lawgical & Legal Talk Network and Mary Juetten, Traklight & Evolve Law 6:30 p.m. – Expert Panel: Client-Driven Technology Solutions
Moderator: Frank Bruno, Director, Iron Mountain Intellectual Property Management
Kate White, Client Engagement & Innovation Strategist, Davis Wright Tremaine
John Rome, CEO, Intensity Analytics
Kathryn DeBord, Chief Innovation Officer, Bryan Cave 7:30 p.m. – Darwin Talk 7:40 p.m. – More Networking & Demo Tables
We are excited to announce the return of one of our most popular shows this February! Monica Bay and Bob Ambrogi have brought Law Technology Now back to the air in an exciting new format, alternating hosting duties and providing a different perspective in each episode.
The show is already tackling important issues in technology and law. Fastcase CEO Ed Walters joined Bob Ambrogi (who also co-hosts Lawyer 2 Lawyer) to discuss recent developments in software, and Lex Machina CEO Josh Becker sat down with Monica Bay to discuss how and why analytics should drive litigation.
Law Technology Now originally ran from 2007 to 2013, before going on hiatus. Now, with a new format and new shows, Law Technology Now has officially returned!
“I am very pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, Law Technology Now, co-hosted with Monica Bay, longtime editor of Law Technology News now a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and produced by the Legal Talk Network. In each episode, Monica and I will explore the latest in legal technology. We’ll be joined by key players in the legal technology community to highlight the top trends and developments in the legal world.”
– Bob Ambrogi
“Bob and I go back seemingly forever: We both ran units at ALM (he was the Editor-in-Chief of the National Law Journal and Editorial Director, Litigation Services Division; I lead Law Technology News). For 15 years, Bob wrote a column, “Web Watch,” for LTNews. Our only ongoing disagreement: Yankees (me), Red Sox (Bob).”
“This has been a long time coming for us,” said producer Laurence Colletti. “We’re big fans of Monica and Bob and are excited to see how they will work together to bring a fresh new perspective to an already standout show.”
For my last blog entry of 2015, I want to thank everyone who’s made this a superb year in podcasting. During the course of the year we traveled all over the country, met lots of wonderful people, and watched our listener base grow. We are so grateful for the amazing times and experiences shared. From the sleepless streets of New York City and beaches of Boca Raton to the Magnificent Mile of Chicago and “Western Ivy” of Stanford, it’s been quite an adventure both in and out of the studio!
First of all, thank you to our growing listener base. Without you there’s no network and that means no fun! We appreciate your continued support and promise to work tirelessly to bring you the most informative and hopefully entertaining podcasts in legal.
Also, thank you to our guests. We look forward to the continued listens of your past episodes as well as future collaborations on new projects.
And, of course, a special thank you to our sponsors for all of their support. We appreciate your continued belief in our productions and look forward to another year of working with you.
(Enter Stage Left: Sappy Sentiment and Inside Jokery) Thank you to our hosts. The airwaves would be empty and boring without you! We are looking forward to future recordings and meeting your new guests. Special shout outs for the following:
Adriana Linares, a.k.a. our Ringer from Florida who hosts New Solo and The Florida Bar Podcast. We love traveling with you and your hilarious laughter. Please send good vibes to Grandpa Marsh!
Stephanie Francis Ward and Lee Rawles, our esteemed ABA Journalists. We enjoy your professionalism and on-point interview style. Please wish Allen, Molly, Reg, Victor, Terry, and Jonathan a happy new year for us!
Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke from ABA Law Student Podcast. Your energy and spirit are infectious. Great work launching your new show! Thank you Austin and thank you Adam for all of your help!
Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal from Above the Law’s Thinking Like a Lawyer. You crack us up with your gear-grinding rants and off-the-cuff commentary. Please tell David, Jon, Hsiaolei, Staci, Laura, Kathryn, Lauren, and, yes, Brutus that we miss them!
John Czuba from AM Best. We are just getting to know you, but so far so good. Please wish Jennifer Fink a happy new year for us!
John Simek and Sharon Nelson, our Digital Detectives. You are always poised and ready with top-notch Q&A, setting a very high bar for Vulcans universe-wide!
Jim Calloway, a.k.a. the Okie Thunder from the Digital Edge. You blow our mics up with your mad knowledge on legal technology. Happy trails cowboy!
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, from the Kennedy-Mighell Report. We just can’t get enough of your back-and-forth agree-to-disagrees. Wishing you and yours a most happy new year!
Randy Milch from In-House Legal, a New York gent doing it his way with swagger to spare! Please give our best regards to the missus and family!
Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams from Lawyer 2 Lawyer. Congratulations on 10 years of podcasting excellence! Time to break out your Red Sox and scuba gear!
Jared Correia and Heidi Alexander from the Legal Toolkit and Lunch Hour Legal Marketing. Together, you stylishly spin laughter and obscure Warren Zevon lyrics into practice wisdom. #SummerOfLunch.
Vicki Voisin from the Paralegal Voice. You’re our paralegal hostess with the mostest. Please give our best to the Don!
Larry Cohen from Ringler Radio. Thank you for another great year of working together! Please give Lu Ann, Kate, and Mike our best!
Chad Volkert from the Robert Half Legal Report. Always bringing great information on a great show! Please let Lisa Hamilton know we miss her!
Christopher Anderson from the Un-Billable Hour. Your killer content is as unstoppable as his running regimen. Thank you for the inspiration!
Alan Pierce from Workers Comp Matters. Thank you for another great year and congratulations on your recent election to the presidency of WILG!
And last but certainly not least, thank you to my co-workers. Being part of our team is quite a privilege. To our CEO, Adam Camras, thank you for not judging my moldy old computer bag and constantly recommending the Waze travel app. To our CTO, Trent Carlyle, thank you for creating new and dangerous games involving office furniture. To Kimberly Faber, thank you for not killing me despite my Overcapitalization Of Everything. And finally, to Kelsey Johnson, thank you for showing me how to use the coffee pot and your snarky repertoire.
In case you are just catching up with us, below are links to our blog entries featuring our travel adventures and special events. Each post showcases thought leaders in law sharing their valuable experiences with our listeners. Among the many interviewees are mayors, state representatives and senators, presidents and leaders at the American Bar Association, judges from the federal and state court systems, professors at top U.S. law schools, presidents and practice management advisors from the various state bars, general counsels and executives from major U.S. companies, journalists and editors from major legal publications, and top legal bloggers, podcasters, and authors.
(Exit Stage Right: Looking forward to 2016) Again, 2015 was such an amazing year in podcasting. Thank you to everyone who played a part and special thanks once again to our listeners all over the world. Next year will see many new shows added to the network. In addition, we are looking forward to adding new team members as we boost our quality and reach. Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve!!!