Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

Special Reports

ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Directing the Law Practice Division with Cindy Galvin and Marisol Massini

The Law Practice Division (LPD) Legal Marketing Interest Group Chair Jason Marsh interviews LPD Associate Director Cindy Galvin and Meetings Assistant Marisol Massini at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Galvin talks about the logistics of planning meetings and the benefits of joining the LPD. Massini discusses her involvement with the Women Rainmakers. They both encourage all legal professionals to join the LPD and members to come to the meetings.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section with Michael Drumke

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Michael Drumke, chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Drumke discusses his role as chair, TIPS involvement with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, the plaintiffs and defense lawyers that are members of TIPS, and opportunities the section provides. Michael Drumke is a trial lawyer at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in Chicago, representing clients across the country.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Tom Bolt on the Law Practice Division

Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares interviews Tom Bolt, chair-elect of the ABA Law Practice Division (LPD) at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Bolt discusses the progression of LPD and how it can give assistance to big firm, solo, and small firm lawyers, government lawyers, those in the judiciary, and even legal associates. In addition to being Chair-Elect of LPD, Tom Bolt is founder and managing attorney of BoltNagi PC on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: National Association of Bar Executives with Zoe Linza

The Digital Edge host Sharon Nelson interviews Zoe Linza, Vice President of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE), at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Linza explains how NABE is an association for leaders in bar associations and discusses why eligible leaders should join. In addition to being Vice President of NABE, Zoe Linza is the executive director of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL).

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Young Lawyers Division with Andrew Schpak and Lacy Durham

Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Andrew Schpak and Lacy Durham about the ABA Young Lawyers Division at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. As chair of the division, Schpak discusses his plans for the year, future meetings, his health and wellness initiative, and his public service project in Portland called Project Street Youth. Chair-Elect Lacy Durham discusses her plans for the future year and how and why young lawyers should get involved with the YLD. Andrew Schpak is a partner at Barran Liebman, LLP in Portland, Oregon, and chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Lacy Durham is a tax manager at Deloitte Tax, LLP in Dallas and is chair-elect of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Paralegal Voice

Paralegal Education and Landing a Job

Many paralegals have problems getting a job with no experience but can’t get experience without having a job. This is one of the worst paradoxes in the field. Paralegal education programs have been changing to help resolve this and other issues. Many classes are now offering in depth subjects such as legal research and many others are available as online courses. Additionally, many paralegal students are now required to do internships to gain experience. What should students look for in a paralegal program and how do they best promote their education when looking for a job?

In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews Madonna University paralegal professor Mary Meinzinger Urisko, J.D. about how paralegal education has changed, the programs and systems at Madonna, and best practices for using your education to get a job. Urisko talks about how online courses expand the geographical reach of paralegal education and have improved with podcasts, videos, and blogs. However, she explains, the ABA doesn’t approve programs done entirely online; there is a great benefit to the networking and discussions that come from a physical classroom. Urisko discusses how her legal research courses include using LexisNexis and Westlaw, people and assets found online, and legal writing. In order to get a job, Urisko recommends that students list skills acquired on their resumes, create a portfolio of their best works, and do internships or find any job in a law office. Many times, even an admin in a law office can create essential network opportunities with lawyers.

Mary Meinzinger Urisko, J.D., is a professor and the assistant director of the Paralegal Studies Program at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.  She has been a faculty member since 1989 and holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. She received her JD from the University of Detroit School of Law and is a member of the state bar of Michigan. At Madonna University, she teaches paralegal studies, legal research and writing, business associations, computer assisted legal research, and legal research on the internet.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

How a new program uses law students to cut costs and acrimony for divorcing couples

In the wake of divorce, many families find themselves emotionally and financially devastated. If you’re in the heat of a legal battle, it’s easy to go to far and create acrimony with your ex-spouse which can poison any chance at a cordial future relationship–and drain both sides’ bank accounts to pay for attorney fees. But what if if didn’t have to be that way? In this month’s Asked and Answered, moderator Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Rebecca Love Kourlis and Melinda Taylor, who hope to change the way people approach the divorce process through the Honoring Families Initiative.

The Florida Bar Podcast

President Greg Coleman on the PRI, Member Benefits, and the Upcoming Cloud Conference

Legal Talk Network was at the 2015 Winter Meeting for the Florida Bar in Orlando. This was the perfect time to sit down with Bar leaders and discuss what they’ve been working on, future conferences, member benefits, and online resources.

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Florida Bar President Greg Coleman about the Practice Resource Institute (PRI), member benefits focused on solo and small firms, and the Clio Cloud Conference happening during the Annual Florida Bar Convention in June 2015. Coleman discusses creating the PRI to fill the gap in technology resources provided to lawyers in small firms without tech departments. It is comprised of materials on PC and Apple computers, apps, practice-specific software, general practice software, practice management tools, and anything else a new lawyer, young lawyer, or a lawyer who wants to leave a firm needs to know. Several practice management products and other legal technology tools were vetted and are now provided as member benefits.

Coleman and Linares discuss the Florida Bar’s day-long technology program, which will be presented on June 24th, just before the Annual Florida Bar Convention. Tune in for a preview of what will be included.

Coleman closes the podcast with a discussion of the Florida Access to Civil Justice Commission, created by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga on Nov 24th, 2014. This commission addresses the issue of people who cannot afford or are unable to obtain legal aid. As a member of the commission, Coleman plans to engage the business community in order to think of creative solutions to the problem.

Greg Coleman, partner at the Law Firm of Critton, Luttier & Coleman and President of The Florida Bar, has been practicing law in Palm Beach County for more than two decades. He joined the Law Firm of Critton, Luttier & Coleman in 1995 and was named partner in June of 2000. In June 2014, Coleman was sworn in as President of The Florida Bar. His focus is complex commercial litigation, insurance bad faith, employment litigation, professional malpractice defense, personal injury, and wrongful death.

The Florida Bar Podcast

Florida Bar Winter Meeting: Peter Sweeney on Technology and Member Benefits

Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews Peter Sweeney, Deputy City Attorney of Palm Bay, Florida, at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. As the chairman of the Member Benefits Committee of the Florida Bar, Sweeney discusses adding technological tools like Clio and Rocket Matter to member benefits and the vetting process of these tools. Also a member of the The Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) Committee, he examines the problem of people needing legal aid and how to adequately meet these needs within the confines of the law. In addition to being Deputy City Attorney, Peter Sweeney is board certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar.

The Florida Bar Podcast

Florida Bar Winter Meeting: Joseph Corsmeier on Legal Technology Ethics

Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews attorney Joseph Corsmeier about technology competency for lawyers at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. Corsmeier discusses being a member of the Vision 2016 Commission: Technology Committee, CLE requirements for technology and minimum competency with regard to legal ethics, and how he is assisting lawyers with digital security, practice management, and maintaining legal standards. Joseph Corsmeier, a sole practitioner out of Clearwater, represents lawyers in defense of Bar disciplinary matters and proceedings before the Florida Bar and advises lawyers and law firms throughout Florida about ethics and professionalism.

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