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Relaunching the State Bar of Texas Podcast

SBoT SealOn June 20th 2018, the State Bar of Texas, in conjunction with Legal Talk Network, relaunched the State Bar of Texas Podcast. The show was originally created for state bar members but the naturally engaging and relatable nature of the host, Rocky Dhir, makes the production enjoyable for everyone, whether a lawyer or not. If you have an interest in the law and its effect on real people and real issues, this is the podcast for you.

As the opening act, the first three new episodes feature a remarkable lineup of guests sharing personal stories of redemption, recovery, and the meaning of friendship. In episode one, death row survivor and exoneree Anthony Graves tells us about his time behind bars waiting for his execution and the events that would eventually clear his name and set him free. Episode two features Brian Cuban, in an honest and open conversation about struggling with addiction and body dysmorphic disorder and how he found recovery through the people who loved him the most. In episode three, award winning lexicographer and author of Black’s Law Dictionary, Bryan Garner, shares the story about his friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia and how co-authoring books brought them from professional colleagues to being very close friends.

The remaining new episodes were dedicated to covering the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, its sessions, and presenters. Among the many interviewees, there are state bar leaders, social media experts, noted historians, humorists, authors, futurists, and CNN presidential historians discussing modern day practice life, cautionary tales, and the latest happenings at the State Bar of Texas.

In the coming months, the show will settle into its regular format including high caliber guests and engaging conversation about the law, legal practice, and how it affects people and society.

The following series of episodes comprise the relaunch episodes. If you’d like to hear them or learn more, please access the links below:

Anthony Graves on Overcoming a Wrongful Conviction

Hosted by Rocky Dhir, this episode features death row survivor Anthony Graves discussing his time behind bars waiting for execution, the factors that lead to his conviction, and the events that transpired to exonerate and free him.


Depression and Addiction in the Mind of a Lawyer

Brian Cuban stops by to share his personal story of addiction and body dysmorphic disorder and what it took for his loved ones to save his life.


What It’s Like to Write with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Award winning author and lexicographer of Black’s Law Dictionary Bryan Garner joins host Rocky Dhir for a conversation about his close friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, how he got into legal writing, and the meaning of words in the law.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Harper Lee and Documenting Complexity

Emory College History Professor Joseph Crespino joins host Rocky Dhir for a deep dive into his new book “Atticus Finch: The Biography,” Harper Lee’s background and book “Go Set a Watchman,” and the complexity of looking backwards at history through modern eyes.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: How to Build up your LinkedIn Profile

Social media expert Donna Serdula sits down to discuss how lawyers can use Linkedin to build their practices and brand. She also gives tips for strengthening profiles for others to see.  


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Cultivating Humor in the Legal Profession

Pamela Buchmeyer, disaster reservist for the US Small Business Administration, joins Rocky Dhir for a long overdue conversation about using humor in the legal profession and how she acquired and continued her late father’s, Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, humorous column about lawyers.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Social Media and Ethics
Host Rocky Dhir is joined by Passman & Jones’ John Browning to discuss the dangers of social media for attorneys and how to avoid posting something regrettable.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Writing your own Textbook
UNT Dallas College of Law Professor Matt Crockett stops by to talk about creating his own textbooks for his students and how that ability translated into more effective communication with clients.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: The Purpose of Paralegals

University of Texas at Austin’s Tiffany Haas and director of executive search at F-O-R-T-U-N-E Personnel Consultants of Houston Johanna Schroeder join Rocky Dhir to discuss hiring and effectively utilizing paralegals in your legal practice.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: AI’s Impact on Jobs

Host Rocky Dhir sits down with forensic examiner and IT systems auditor Ron Chichester for a scary conversation about AI and its potential impact on the future job market.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Legal Technology–Been There Done That

Legal technologist Jason Smith stops by to discuss innovation cycles and why attorneys should embrace new technologies rather than fear them.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Why Lawyers Should be Listening to Podcasts

International tax and estate planning attorney John Strohmeyer and family law lawyer Teresa J. Waldrop sit down with host Rocky Dhir to talk about the value-add of podcasting to the legal profession. I may be a little biased but this episode might be one of my favorites.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: How 1968 Impacted Today’s Legal Landscape

CNN’s Presidential Historian Doug Brinkley and author Talmage Boston join host Rocky Dhir to discuss 1968, one of the most turbulent years in American history, which saw both horrific tragedies and audacious accomplishments in the era of assassinations, war, and the Space Race.


State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: This Year’s Bar Initiatives

State Bar of Texas Board of Director members Rudy Metayer and Erich Birch stop by to talk about bar initiatives regarding transparency, immigration bond hearings, mental wellness, addiction, TLAP, and TOJI.

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After receiving his J.D. and MBA, Laurence Colletti went into solo practice with emphasis in general business and commercial real estate. He has always carried a strong passion for web-based media with a particular interest in podcasting and video. Laurence leverages his legal background against that passion to help bring sophisticated, relevant content to Legal Talk Network podcasts. You can follow Laurence on Twitter at @LaurenceEsq.