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NALA 2015 Annual Convention

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by Laurence Colletti and Kelsey Johnson

2015 NALA Annual Convention LogoHeadquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) is an organization that is dedicated towards advancing the quality of services provided by paralegals and legal assistants. Once a year, they host their annual convention where they have presenters and attendees from all over the country. Like many legal conventions, they offer CLEs, discuss developments in law, and have organizational meetings. One element setting the NALA convention apart is the attention spent on career development. With member exchange sessions titled ‘Are You Sabotaging Your Annual Performance Review?’ and ‘Speed Mentoring & Networking Workshop’, this organization is using strategy and vision to advance the careers of their members.

This series of podcast interviews encapsulates 2015 NALA Annual Convention and what was discussed there. Primarily hosted by Vicki Voisin, host of the Paralegal Voice, these episodes feature the leadership from NALA and affiliated associations as well as high profile guests like former Mayor of Tulsa Kathy Taylor. We hope you enjoy listening to these episodes as much as we had recording them.

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NALA Board of Directors Discuss their 40th Annual Convention: Vicki Voisin interviews NALA President Kelly LaGrave, First Vice President Cassandra Oliver, and Second Vice President Jill Francisco about planning the conference, their educational programs, and how to get involved. Click here to listen.


 
Keynote Mayor Kathy Taylor on the Importance of Literacy: Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews former Mayor of Tulsa Kathy Taylor about her advocacy work for childhood literacy and how paralegals can help. Click here to listen.

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Educational Sessions at NALA’s Convention (Part 1): In this first part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin discusses the educational sessions with presenters Peter McGrath, Penni Bradshaw, Jeff Bennion, and Karin Scheehle. Together, they talk about the developments in environmental law, immigration law, and legal technology. Click here to listen.

 
Educational Sessions at NALA’s Convention (Part 2): In this last part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin discusses the educational sessions with presenter Stacey Bowers. Together they discuss, corporate entities, understanding financial statements, corporate drafting skills, and ethical considerations in corporate law. Click here to listen.

 
NALA Affiliated Associations (Part 1): In this first part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin interviews Yoli Garcia from the El Paso Paralegal Association (EPPA), and Linda Carrett, Carla Valenzuela, and Ruth Connolly from the Houston Paralegal Association (HPA). Together, they discuss being affiliated with NALA and the benefits it brings to their respective members. Click here to listen.

 
NALA Affiliated Associations (Part 2): In this second part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin interviews Andi Elmore from the Kansas Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals (KALA), Tove Sebring from the Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA), and June Brown from the Tulsa Area Paralegal Association (TAPA). Together, they discuss being affiliated with NALA, networking opportunities, leadership education, and certification opportunities. Click here to listen.

2015 Annual Florida Bar Convention

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by Laurence Colletti and Kelsey Johnson

Florida Bar PodcastWe had the privilege of visiting The Florida Bar at their 2015 Annual Convention. Held at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort, we braved the summer heat and humidity to meet the members of The Florida Bar. What we saw was very impressive. From their leadership of passionate volunteer attorneys, we learned that there are amazing developments on nearly every front of Florida law. Whether it was advice from industry leaders like Mark Britton and Jack Newton or the insightful presentations from Florida Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and State Senator Maria Sachs, attendees were given a lot to take home.

2015 FloBar AC - Boca Raton ResortAs impressive as the trappings were, the thing we noticed most was how friendly everyone was. Whether it was outgoing president Greg Coleman, incoming president Ray Abadin, or director of the Programs Division Terry Hill, there was always someone to lend help or a friendly word. When we discussed this with Renee Thompson and Melanie Griffin, co-chairs for the annual bar convention, they agreed and furthered by mentioning reunions with colleagues, sold out hotels, and future emphasis on family-friendly venues. Despite over 100 thousand members, The Florida Bar has the camaraderie of a law school class.

This series of podcast interviews taps into developments in Florida law and the elements that make The Florida Bar the institution it is today. We hope you both enjoy and find them informative.

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1) President Greg Coleman at The Florida Bar Annual Convention:  The Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews Greg Coleman, president of The Florida Bar about his year as president and his focus on educating Florida lawyers about technology.  Click here to listen.

2) Raising the Bar on Civics Education:  Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judge Michelle Sisco, Annette Pitts, and Richard Levenstein about the Constitutional Judiciary Committee and the Benchmark Civics Education Program at the 2015 Florida Bar Annual Convention. Click here to listen.

3) Transforming Practices Through Technology: Adriana Linares discusses Clio’s sold out event titled ‘InSession: Transforming Practices Through Technology’ with presenters Carolyn Elefant, Mark Britton, Jabez LeBret, Jack Newton, Toby Brown, and Ernest Svenson. Click here to listen.

4) Florida Law Update 2015:  Laurence Colletti sits down with Denis de Vlaming, Manny Farach, and Kevin Johnson to talk about their contributions to the ‘Florida Law Update’ seminar. Click here to listen.

5) Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering:  Author and attorney, Brian Tannebaum, talks about his practice and his new book titled ‘The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering’. Click here to listen.

6) How Technology Will Affect the Future of the Justice System:  Keynote speaker Richard Susskind discusses technology, the future of the justice system, and his new book titled ‘The Future of the Professions’. Click here to listen.

7) Practice Resource Institute:  Jonathan Israel and Rod Bruce, from the Practice Resource Institute (PRI), discuss PRI resources and tools as well as CLEs for technology. Click here to listen.

8) Animal Law in Florida:  In part one of this two part interview series, Laurence Colletti interviews Florida Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Florida State Senator Maria Sachs, Florida State Director for the Humane Society of the U.S. Kate MacFall, and animal law attorney Diana Ferguson about developments in Florida’s animal law. In part two, the discussion continues with Animal Law Committee Vice-Chair Gil Panzer and animal law lawyer Marcy LaHart. Click here to listen.

9) The Impact of Technology on Employment Law Issues:  Gregory Hearing, Robyn Hankins, and Judge Alan Forst talk about their presentations at the seminar ‘Don’t Crash on the Information Highway: What Every Law Firm Needs to Know About the Impact of Technology on Employment Law Issues’. Click here to listen.

10) Social Media, Expectations of Privacy, and Administration of Justice:  Social media lawyer and professor Ethan Wall discusses social media’s effect on the law including discovery, client expectation to privacy, and pollution to jury pools. In addition he talks about the experiences of Judge Belvin Perry who presided over the Casey Anthony trial. Click here to listen.

11)  Arbitration, Effective Joint Opening Sessions, and Ethical Issues for Mediators and Attorneys:  Bob Hoyle and Meah Tell from the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section join Legal Talk Network to discuss their presentations during the ‘Arbitration, Effective Joint Opening Sessions, and Ethical Issues for Mediators and Attorneys’ seminar. Click here to listen.

12) Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence:  In this two part interview series, guests John Jorgensen, Steven Teppler, Christian Dodd, and Larry Kunin join Legal Talk Network to discuss their presentations during the ‘Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence: Pre Discovery Through Trial’ seminar. Click here to listen.

13) Differences Among the DCAs:  Judge Stephanie Ray, Judge Morris Silberman, Judge Richard Suarez, and appellate attorney Ceci Berman join producer Laurence Colletti for an interview discussing motion practice, decision making, and what lawyers should and shouldn’t do to be successful in court. Click here to listen.

14) Counseling the Provocative Client:  Professor Donald Jones and entertainment lawyer Patricia Graham talk about their seminar titled ‘Counseling the Provocative Client’ with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti. Together, they discuss representation of controversial clients as well as institutional racism against hip hop artists. Click here to listen.

15) The Florida Bar 2016 Annual Convention:  In a fun interview about next year’s annual convention, Laurence Colletti catches up with The Florida Bar Annual Convention co-chairs Renee Thompson and Melanie Griffin. Together they discuss next year’s highlights, reunions with classmates, and emphasis on family-friendly venues. Tune in to hear why you should attend the 2016 Florida Bar Annual Convention. Click here to listen.

Temporary Protective Order Served via Text Message

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Yesterday, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Laura Cordero of the Domestic Violence and Civil Division rules that a defendant be served a temporary protective order via text message and email after multiple attempts at the woman’s residence and workplace were unsuccessful.

ServeNow broke the story with exclusive photos (Defendant Served Temporary Protective Order via Text Message) from Torri’s Legal Services, the company that served the individual.

The defendant in question was served the protective order following claims of harassment by a man who met her on Match.com. According to the article, the man broke it off after a few dates, and the woman sent hundreds of text messages and emails, some including sexually explicit photos and messages and even a false claim of pregnancy even after the man asked the woman to stop.

Multiple attempts at the woman’s residence revealed she was likely working elsewhere, and as a government contractor she works on an Air Force base with restricted access. This led Judge Cordero to order the documents to be served over email and text messages.

While e-service, service through social media, and the integration of technology into the legal world has been a hot topic for sometime, this may be the first close look we’ve had at how service of process via text message would work, and what it would look like.

The process server did say she was surprised that she was not asked to serve the papers via certified mail (by far a more common form of substitute service), but speculates that given the evidence provided in the complaint, it was clear that email and text message were primary forms of communication for the defendant.

With the serve completed the process server says her client is ecstatic.

What do you think of this move?

David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions

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by Laurence Colletti

David LatWe recently caught up with David Lat, founder and managing editor for Above The Law, while he was in Denver presenting at an event for the Colorado Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. The event was titled ‘Above the Law, Underneath Their Robes, and Everything In Between: David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions’. It was in one part about David’s ambitious and unorthodox career path and in another part about the series of events and personalities that helped him get to where he is today.

With a restaurant recommendation from Kelsey Johnson, our online marketing coordinator, I invited David for an interview and he agreed. We sat in a noisy booth at the Appaloosa Grill at the corner of 16th and Welton. I asked him a series of questions about his new book, “Supreme Ambitions”, and the correlations it has to his real life. For those who have not read it, David’s book is a fictional account about Audrey Coyne, a young lawyer-to-be who graduated Yale Law School with a desire to clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court. The storyline is about friendship, morality, and the cost of ambition.

If you reminisce about your days in law school, studying for the Bar, or your time as a law clerk, I think you will enjoy this interview. We talk about the durability of friendship in legal circles, the importance of positive family role models, and relationships vs. personal achievements. Tune in to hear David talk about life, loss, and his next exciting frontier.

Above The Law’s Marijuana Law Reception

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by Laurence Colletti

Marijuana Symbol

Despite being illegal under federal law nationwide, there is rapid growth of marijuana businesses in states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. With varying degrees of marijuana licensing at the state level, isn’t there a conflict between federal and state laws? Where does that leave growers and sellers criminally?

What’s even more confusing is that the marijuana industry is attracting attorneys who help clients navigate criminal codes and regulatory bodies in what is still a crime under federal law. Does that mean these lawyers are breaking the law and the oaths they swore to their respective state bars? If you’ve ever wondered about these issues, you should listen to this podcast:

Moderated by Above The Law editor Staci Zaretsky and hosted at Legal Talk Network headquarters in Denver, Colorado, this Q&A podcasting event features experts like Hilary Bricken from Harris Moure’s Canna Law Group, Tom Downey from Ireland Stapleton, Professor Sam Kamin from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Brian Ruden who owns Starbuds, Tree of Wellness, and Altermeds.

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky became an editor for Above the Law in June 2011. Her writing has appeared in other legal publications, such as Judgepedia, Lawyerist, and Ms. JD. She has been featured on various television and radio programs, including CNBC’s Power Lunch, CBS Radio News, BBC Radio, CLTV Chicago, HuffPost Live, TF1 TV France, Chicago Public Radio, and Civil Discourse Now.

Hilary BrickenHilary Bricken is a litigator who joined Harris Moure in 2010 where she represents startups, entrepreneurs, and companies in all stages of their development. She has been named deal maker of the year by the Puget Sound Business Journal and is a contributor to Al Jazeera America, CNN, Fox News, and the New York Times

Tom DowneyTom Downey is a director and attorney at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC where he represents primarily liquor and marijuana businesses. Prior to that he led Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses where he  redrafted Denver’s policies and procedures for liquor licensing and wrote the original policies and procedures for Denver’s recreational marijuana licenses.

Professor Sam KaminProfessor Sam Kamin is the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy at University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law where he teaches ‘Representing the Marijuana Law Client’. His areas of research include criminal procedure, death penalty jurisprudence, federal courts, and constitutional remedies.

Brian RudenBrian Ruden is an attorney who owns three dispensaries in Colorado called Starbuds, Tree of Wellness, and Altermeds. He has spent many years researching growing techniques and testing strains to deliver high quality medical and recreational marijuana products. Prior to entering the marijuana business in 2010, Brian was a litigator turned tax resolution expert.

The ABA’s National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services

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Commission of Future of Legal ServicesCo-sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and Stanford Law School, this national summit was designed to challenge thought leaders to find new ways to increase access to justice. Hosted by ABA President William Hubbard and co-chaired by the Honorable Jeremy Fogel and Professor Deborah Rhode, this invitation-only event featured some of the biggest names in law. From state supreme court justices and presidents of the NAACP to general counsels, founders and CEOs of major U.S. companies, there was much to learn and talk about.

ABA President William Hubbard

American Bar Association President William Hubbard

The speakers were well-prepared and the presentations, excellent. Although technology was addressed to solve many problems in the legal field, there was great focus on the gaps in justice. Whether it was the high cost of legal services, shocking statistics about pro-se clients, or disenfranchisement due to racism, what was learned was scary, necessary, and enlightening at the same time.

The following series of interviews recap many of the presentations made. Tune in to the hear some of the finest legal minds discuss issues like who is left behind in our legal system, the reluctance to innovate, and the importance of family and mentorship. Among the many who joined us on the air are, William Hubbard,
president of the ABA, Richard Barton, founder of Expedia, Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo, and Chief Judge Ann Aiken of U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

Podcast Interviews

 

Interview with ABA President William Hubbard

President Hubbard discusses the National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services and how it’s addressing the lack of civil justice for 80-85% of the U.S. population through thought leadership from regulators, lawyers, judges, professors, and technologists. You can learn more here: President William Hubbard at the 2015 ABA National Summit.

‘Programs that Bridge the Gap’

These interviews feature Professor Andrew Perlman, Shantelle Argyle, Dwight Smith, Judge Laurie White, Terri Mascherin, Chief Judge Ann Aiken, and Steven Crossland discussing different programs that are helping bring the law and justice to those who can’t afford it or otherwise find themselves unable to access it.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Programs that Bridge the Gap’.

‘Focus on the Client’ Mini Presentations

These interviews feature Judge Lora Livingston from the 261st Civil District Court in Travis County, Texas, Joseph West from Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Eleanor Acer from Human Rights First, Judge Charles V. Harrington from Arizona Superior Court, Pima County, and Alex Gulotta from Bay Area Legal Aid. Together, they recap these Ted talk style presentations that address changes in the practice of law including improved access for immigrant minors, money generating corporate counsel, and how courts are using kiosks to provide better customer service to the public.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Focus on the Client’ Mini Presentations.

‘Challenges to Innovation’

These interviews feature Professor of Law Gillian Hadfield from University of Southern California, Professor Marshall Van Alstyne from Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Mark Britton, the founder and CEO of Avvo. Together, they discuss the barriers to innovation in the legal profession as well as suggest ideas that could help practitioners provide better service to more people.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Challenges to Innovation’

‘Innovation Beyond the Legal Sphere’

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judit Rius Sanjuan from Doctors Without Borders, Ron Dolin from Stanford Law’s Center on the Legal Profession, Denis Weil from Harvard University, and Professor Manny Medrano, broadcast journalist and adjunct law professor. Together, they review the panel discussion ‘Innovation Beyond the Legal Sphere’ which addressed how ideas from outside the legal profession could help bring greater access to law and justice. You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Innovation Beyond the Legal Sphere’.

A Legal Mentor with Judge Charles Harrington and Mark Britton

Fellow at CodeX Monica Bay interviews Judge Charles Harrington and Avvo CEO Mark Britton at the 2015 ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. As Britton’s uncle and mentor, Judge Harrington talks about the importance of giving advice to younger lawyers while Mark reflects on his support systems and discussing key decisions with family.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: A Legal Mentor with Judge Charles Harrington and Mark Britton.

Online Dispute Resolution with Richard Susskind

CodeX Fellow Monica Bay interviews keynote speaker Richard Susskind at the 2015 ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. Together, they discuss using technology for dispute resolution and containment. Tune in to hear his specific suggestions for a three-tiered system of internet resources for legal issues.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: Online Dispute Resolution with Richard Susskind.

‘Barton’s Laws of Disruption’

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Richard Barton, the founder of Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor. Together, they discuss how his laws of disruption apply to innovation in access to justice.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Barton’s Laws of Disruption’.

‘Innovations Within the Legal Sphere’

This interview features Professor Oliver Goodenough, Margaret Hagan, John Suh (CEO of LegalZoom), Lucy Bassli, and James Sandman, who were panelists on the ‘Innovations within the Legal Sphere’ speaking event at the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. Together, they analyze the extent to which the legal system is not working for low income and middle class people plus what happens when the population feels disenfranchised by the legal system (like the Baltimore protests). You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Innovations Within the Legal Sphere’.

‘Reporting Out with Reaction’

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jordan Furlong, Professor David Wilkins, and Professor Deborah Rhode who were panelists at the ‘Reporting Out with Reaction’ speaking event during the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. Together, they discuss ideas like rethinking legal education, establishing different levels of legal representation, and non-lawyer third party ownership of legal service providers.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Reporting Out with Reaction’.

Photos from the Event

ABA TECHSHOW 2015: Presentations and Speakers to Help Your Practice

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by Laurence Colletti

We recently traveled to Chicago for the annual ABA TECHSHOW. This year’s show was chaired by Brett Burney and brought with it many wonderful speakers and events. Legal Talk Network had the privilege of interviewing many of these presenters in an effort to bring a sample of it to you, our listeners.

ABA TECHSHOW 2015

ABA TECHSHOW Chair Brett Burney

For attendees, there are numerous opportunities to improve their law practice efficiencies and quality of service. With its multiple tracks of interest, attendees were free to pick and choose the events that would help their practices where they needed it most. Whether it was the Microsoft
Office, Paperless, and iPad tracks or the Cloud, Mac, and Mobile tracks, attendees learned new ways to save time, money, and energy in their daily practice life.

Whether you are a techno evangelist or novice, ABA TECHSHOW will offer new insight. With over a year of preparation for each show, the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board hand picks speakers who can not only deliver breaking technology information during their presentations, but who also answer questions after. If there were one word to describe the relationship between presenter and attendee, it would be access.

Whether you are a techno evangelist or novice, ABA TECHSHOW will offer new insight. With over a year of preparation for each show, the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board hand picks speakers who can not only deliver breaking technology information during their presentations, but who also answer questions after. If there were one word to describe the relationship between presenter and attendee, it would be access.

Judge Dixon, Jonathan Lomurro, and Bjorn Christensen

Left to Right: Jonathan Lomurro, Judge Herbert Dixon, and Bjorn Christensen

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Above The Law Converge, Breaking Media, and Thinking Like a Lawyer

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by Laurence Colletti

Legal Talk Network had the privilege of traveling to New York to cover the 2nd annual conference from Above The Law. Named Converge, the event was about privacy, reputation, communications strategies, and emerging tech trends in the legal industry. Despite its gravitation towards internet, new media, and technology, this energetic event found itself at the very formal and beautiful University Club where ties and jackets are required but mobile devices must be concealed.

ATL ConvergeThe list of speakers was impressive. To be sure, most had a background in law but even more significantly, they all shared three main characteristics: young, accomplished, and entrepreneurial.
Expertly placed into four main panels moderated by David Lat, Staci Zaretsky, Joe Patrice, and Elie Mystal (the editors from Above The Law), these speaking events exuded a wonderful energy that invited attendees to participate and learn more. Please listen to our series of interviews (below) which recap each speaking event through the voices of the speakers themselves.

  1. Above The Law Editors Discuss Converge Panels
  2. ATL Converge: Online Reputation, Privacy, and the Law
  3. ATL Converge: Pitching the Mainstream Media
  4. ATL Converge: Emerging Technical Trends
  5. ATL Converge: The Future of Law
  6. Are You Thinking Like A Lawyer Yet?
  7. What About Above the Law and Breaking Media?
  8. ATL Converge: Media Relations with Joshua Peck
  9. ATL Converge: Public Relations and Communication with John Hellerman
  10. ATL Converge: The Future of Legal Technology is Already Here
  11. ATL Converge: The Benefits of Procurement with Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein
  12. ATL Converge: Biglaw Business with Casey Sullivan
  13. ATL Converge: Online reputation Management with Tasha Cooper
Above The Law Editors

Above the Law editors Elie Mystal, Joe Patrice, David Lat, and Staci Zaretsky

In addition to covering Converge, we had the opportunity to pay a visit to Above The Law headquarters. Waiting for us was nearly the entire team from Breaking Media, and we got an inside look at the culture that produces some of today’s most dynamic journalism. For the benefit of those who didn’t know, Breaking Media is the entity that owns Above The Law among many other media outlets. The predominant goal with Above The Law, like with the other brands, is to write about an industry in ways that haven’t been done before.

Thinking Like a LawyerAnd finally, it gives us great pleasure to announce that we launched a new podcast in conjunction with Above The Law, featuring editors Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice as the hosts. The new show is called Thinking Like a Lawyer, and it focuses on daily life happenings as viewed through the eyes of a lawyer. In it, verbal jousting between Elie and Joe drives the discussion forward. They call it bantering, but we call it good chemistry. To listen to what we’re talking about, tune into Thinking Like a Lawyer.

ABA Midyear Meeting: Highlights and Interviews

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The American Bar Association includes an impressive number of committees, divisions, and sections all aimed at providing the best resources to its members. We were able to sit down with various leaders within the organization to learn more about what programs are out there, how they are of benefit, and what their plans are for the future.

These 32 conversations provide incredible insight into the opportunities available within the ABA. Listen now to hear how these divisions and committees can help you, and hear it directly from the leaders.

American Bar Association President William C. Hubbard

Hubbard discusses current and future ABA involvement with legal representation concerns in the areas of unaccompanied minor immigration, domestic violence, and criminal justice. Listen now: American Bar Association President William C. Hubbard

_William Hubbard and Sharon Nelson

Additional Interviews

Below are the interviews with various department, committee, and division leaders within the ABA.

In addition to event coverage, the ABA promises monthly episodes discussing the latest from top legal authors and experts on ABA Journal: Asked and Answered and ABA Journal: Modern Law Library. For immediate updates, sign up for email notifications or subscribe on iTunes.

Photos from the ABA Midyear Meeting

Trish Refo discusses the House of Delegates

Trish Refo and Jim Calloway discuss the House of Delegates

Aaron Sohaski discusses the Law Student Division

Aaron Sohaski discusses the Law Student Division

Judge Waxse discusses the Judicial Division

Judge Waxse discusses the Judicial Division

Rew Goodenow sharing details about the National Conference of Bar Presidents

Rew Goodenow sharing details about the National Conference of Bar Presidents

Discussing Law Firm Advertising with Micah Buchdahl

Discussing Law Firm Advertising with Micah Buchdahl

Andrew Schpak and Lacy Durham discuss the Young Lawyers Division

Andrew Schpak and Lacy Durham discuss the Young Lawyers Division

Lisa Dunner gets ready to discuss The Section of Intellectual Property Law

Lisa Dunner gets ready to discuss The Section of Intellectual Property Law

Larry Gill, Kristine Gregorio, Lee Swanson, and Kate Noble discuss ABA Leisure

Larry Gill, Kristine Gregorio, Lee Swanson, and Kate Noble discuss ABA Leisure

Michael Drumke shares his expertise on Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

Michael Drumke shares his expertise on Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

Bob Young discussing the Law Practice Division

Bob Young discussing the Law Practice Division

Amy Lin Meyerson and Stephen Rosales discuss Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division

Amy Lin Meyerson and Stephen Rosales discuss Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division

Zoe Linza on the National Association of Bar Executives

Zoe Linza on the National Association of Bar Executives

A TECHSHOW Appathon with Rodney Dowell and Adriana Linares

A TECHSHOW Appathon with Rodney Dowell and Adriana Linares

‘Serial’ Podcast Poll: Do You Think Adnan Syed is Guilty?

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adnan-syed-serial-podcastIf you’ve been following the Serial Podcast then you’re probably familiar with the case of Adnan Syed and his convicted murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in late 90s Baltimore. The case has baffled the millions of listeners who tuned in for the first season of ‘Serial’, which investigated the case week by week. With no resolution in the final episode and the recent granting of Adnan Syed’s request for review of his murder conviction by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, many people are still unsure of whether or not he actually did it.

Do you think Adnan is guilty of murdering Hae Min Lee beyond a reasonable doubt?

Vote in the poll below and share your opinions on Adnan’s guilt, the involvement of Jay Wilds, and what you think about Adnan’s attorney Cristina Gutierezz’s defense strategy.


On a very special and exciting episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, Bob Ambrogi and J Craig Williams were joined by Deirdre Enright of The Innocence Project, who is currently working on Adnan’s appeal (and was featured on episodes 7 and 12 of ‘Serial’), Erica Zunkel,clinical instructor at the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and a former trial attorney with a focus on defense, and Markus Kypreos, a practicing attorney who has previously worked with the Texas Prosecutors Association. to break down the case and what was presented on ‘Serial’.

Listen Now! Attorneys Dissect Adnan Syed’s Case


The attorneys analyzed the case against Adnan from both sides, offering expert insight on criminal defense and prosecution, the testimony of Jay Wilds, and the portrayal of this case on Serial, all while tackling some of the tougher questions raised regarding DNA evidence, potential alibis, shaky timelines, and the overall defense strategy.

Comments on the defense

  • Cristina Gutierezz should have discontinued representation if health impaired her ability to do her job
  • There was no clear, outlined defense strategy that was communicated that to the client
  • Expert witnesses should have been hired to challenge cell phone records
  • Physical evidence should have been pursued and tested, including the hair found on Hae Min Lee’s body, the rope, and the liquor bottle found near her body
  • Asia McClain’s potential alibi for Adnan Syed should have been pursued
  • The defense should have investigated whether key witness Jay Wilds was guided to point to Adnan Syed as the primary suspect as a way to avoid jail time
  • Statements pointing to Adnan Syed’s religious background as motive should have been addressed and discounted as an attempted substitute for evidence
  • Jurors were not provided with a clear and understandable narrative
  • The tone and demeanor of the defense attorney when cross-examining Jay Wilds ultimately made the jury more sympathetic to Jay than to Adnan

Comments on the prosecution

  • The case and details presented on ‘Serial’ may not have been the same as what was presented by the prosecutors to the jury at trial
  • Regardless of the inconsistencies in Jay’s testimony, general lack of likeability, and clear involvement, the jury heard his testimony and determined that it was credible
  • This was an open crime scene in a public park where humans and animals traversed through before the body was found
  • While objects found near the body can be tested, it’s important to consider what will be determined to be exculpatory and relevant to the case and victim
  • The rope and the hairs should be tested, but other elements like the bottle found near the body may not be relevant

Stay tuned for the results of the poll!

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