The 2015 Above the Law Converge conference featured discussions of four current legal topics: privacy, reputation, communication strategy, and emerging technical trends. Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with the Above the Law editors moderating each panel the day before the conference to talk about why each topic is relevant to today’s lawyers.
The following are moderators and their discussion topics. For the benefit of our listeners, we interviewed the panelists about these legal topics after each panel.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi and Above the Law editor Staci Zaretsky interview Michael Gottlieb, Leeza Garber, Kashmir Hill, and Mary-Rose Papandrea, panelists at the Above the Law Converge conference panel Online Reputation, Privacy, and the Law. Together, they discuss the danger of law firm hacking, trends in the availability of U.S. government information, and the right to be forgotten. Overall, the question remains, is privacy even a thing anymore? Nudity is only briefly brought up.
Michael Gottlieb practices data privacy and cybersecurity issues, government and regulatory litigation, white collar criminal investigations, and enforcement actions at Boies, Schiller, & Flexner LLP.
Leeza Garber is corporate counsel and director of business development at Capsicum Group, LLC.
Kashmir Hill is editor and privacy writer at Fusion, a pop culture and news media outlet.
Mary-Rose Papandrea is a professor at Boston College Law School. Her teaching interests include civil procedure, constitutional law, media law, and national security and civil liberties.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice, Above the Law editors and hosts of the new podcast Thinking Like A Lawyer. Elie and Joe discuss how the new podcast came about and their plans to misdirect future guests. If you enjoy this short interview, Thinking Like A Lawyer is right for your ears.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews John Lerner, CEO of Breaking Media, and David Lat, Founder and Managing Editor of the Above the Law blog at the 2015 ATL Convergence conference in New York City. Lerner discusses the history of Breaking Media, how they joined with Above the Law, and their relatively recent acquisitions, Breaking Defense, Breaking Energy, and Breaking Gov. Tune in to hear more about the companies and the conference.
John Lerner is CEO of Breaking Media and has 20 years of experience in B2B and niche consumer markets starting at Inc. Magazine, and later running the online businesses of BPI Communications, VNU Business Media, Nielsen Business Media, and F+W Media.
David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other publications.
Three controversial issues relating to The Florida Bar admissions and the future of the practice as a whole are currently being discussed. The Florida Bar is considering whether to endorse the adaptation of the following programs. Admission on Motion, or reciprocity, deals with the concept of lawyers legally crossing state borders to practice law. The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) allows lawyers to take a test and acquire a portable bar examination score usable in any state that accepts the UBE (16 currently do). Finally, there is a question of whether the state of Florida should adopt some form of non-lawyer licensing. The Bar Admissions Committee of The Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 Commission is currently studying these issues closely.
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and John Stewart interview lawyer and chair of the Bar Admissions Committee Lance Scriven about the pros and cons of Admission on Motion, the Uniform Bar Examination, and non-lawyer legal professional licensing. Scriven discusses the practitioner benefits of crossing borders and practicing law and points out that there are many instances in which this is already being done. The obvious negative in these programs involves lawyers who are worried about even more competition in a state which is already saturated with attorneys. Stewart points out that many services that these alternative solutions provide are filling a currently existing hole in the market of moderate or low income people and small business owners. Admission on Motion, the UBE, and non-lawyer licensing are strong alternatives to the competition being created by online legal services which already exist to fill this void. Florida is watching the action of major states like New York or California on these issues, Scriven says. Tune in to hear more about these controversial and important decisions facing Florida lawyers.
Lance Scriven is an attorney in Tampa, Florida, with the Trenam Kemker Law Firm. He practices as a commercial litigator and has been at the firm for 13 years collectively. Scriven is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and Chair of the Bar Admissions Committee of The Florida Bar Vision 2016 Commission.
We all know that drinking and driving is a serious and dangerous offense. But it may surprise you that drivers are being charged with DWI for taking prescription drugs while riding bicycles, horses, and yes Segways. In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi interviews Douglas Kans and Robert Ambrose from the Kans Law Firm. Together they discuss the disparate treatment of controlled substances, your rights while being charged with an offense, and modes of transportation to stay away from while intoxicated.
Douglas Kans is the founder of the Kans Law Firm, a Minnesota-based criminal defense firm and has over 18 years of experience defending individuals charged with DUI/DWI offenses. He has been selected as a “Top 100 Lawyer” in Minnesota by the National Trial Lawyers and a “Top 100 DWI Attorney” by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC. He is routinely asked for his analysis on ABC and NBC news affiliates.
Robert Ambrose is an associate attorney with the Kans Law Firm in Bloomington, Minnesota. Among other criminal areas, he practices with Mr. Kans in DWI/DUI defense as well the expungement of criminal records.
It’s March Madness time. Or, as a person with a rudimentary respect for trademark laws would say, “It’s time for the NCAA Mens College Basketball Tournament.” In this episode, we take a look at running an office bracket pool. But it turns out that gambling is illegal in most states. Why is that the case? Should we live in a world where we have laws that nobody even tries to enforce? Guest Steven Silver of The Legal Blitz joins the hosts to explain how we’ve gotten to the point where nearly every office worker in America breaks the law every March.
In our inaugural episode, Elie and Joe take a deep dive into their own navels. What kind of person becomes a “legal blogger” in the first place? In the words of Admiral Stockdale (Google him): Who are we? Why are we here?
Due to advancements in technology, increased outsourcing, and globalization, students are not necessarily graduating law school and entering a big law firm on track to become a partner. A legal career can take you into a solo practice, a virtual practice, electronic discovery, in-house counsel for a startup, or in an alternative direction using your services in a different way. If a lawyer is choosing an alternative career path over a mainstream model, how do they select a legal career? What can he or she do in law school to prepare for the legal industry in the twenty-first century?
In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess, founders of the online resource Trebuchet Legal, about the steps to creating an alternative legal career path and what students should be doing in law school to prepare for the future. Monahan and Burgess each discuss their beginnings in big law firms and why they decided to seek out paths of advising other lawyers. To take a different path, they explain, lawyers must be interested and willing to take risks, learn new skills, and take the plunge. Seek out entrepreneurs or experts in your field of interest, ask questions, network, and make connections. Law students are taught to learn, Monahan explains, so it is possible for lawyers to become educated about alternative subjects that might lead to unknown legal careers. With regard to law school, Monahan and Burgess urge students not to simply expect a job after graduation. In order to be truly successful, you must learn to be an amazing student, pursue excellence in a craft, and develop confidence in your abilities while still in law school. Lastly, they encourage all current and potential law students not to be discouraged. There is still an incredible need for lawyers in many fields.
Lee Burgess co-founded the online resources Trebuchet Legal, Law School Toolbox, and Bar Exam Toolbox. Additionally, she founded and runs Amicus Tutoring, which provides an individualized approach to law school tests and bar preparation.
Alison Monahan also co-founded Trebuchet Legal, Law School Toolbox, and Bar Exam Toolbox. She also founded and runs the Girls Guide to Law School, a site that helps students get the most from their law school experience.
In June of 2006, the Constitution of Alabama was amended to ban same sex marriage. In January of 2015 the U.S. District Court for Southern Alabama struck down the ban as a violation of the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The matter was appealed by the state to the U.S. Court of Appeals For the Eleventh Circuit where it remains in limbo pending a U.S. Supreme Court Decision in DeBoer v. Snyder. Then on March 2nd 2015, the Alabama Supreme Court took matters into its own hands when it ordered its probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.
In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi interviews Harry Mihet from Liberty Counsel, Elliot Mincberg from People For the American Way, and Professor Ronald Krotoszynski from the University of Alabama School of Law. Together they debate the duties of Alabama’s probate judges and the enforcement of existing same sex marriage licenses. Is same sex marriage a civil right? Who will win the tug-of-war between federal oversight and self governing states? Tune in to hear about this landmark issue and more.
Harry Mihet is the vice president of legal affairs and chief litigation counsel for Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family. Since joining up in 2008, Harry has participated in many critical issues, including the defense and passage of Florida’s Marriage Amendment, and the defense of individuals charged with contempt for prayer. He has been featured on Fox and Friends, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and Fox News Radio.
Elliot Mincberg is a Senior Fellow at People For the American Way, where he helps guide and oversee their work on religious liberty, separation of church and state, and other constitutional law issues. Prior to that, he was their senior vice president, general counsel, and legal director. In addition, he has served as Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations at the House Judiciary Committee and Senior Counsel and General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Professor Ronald Krotoszynski is a professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Federal Civil Rights. Pertinent to today’s discussion, he clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and has written or been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.