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This year’s ABA Annual Meeting was quite an affair. In addition to top caliber speakers like Eric Holder, Rod Rosenstein, and Rahm Emanuel stopping by to present, major issues like #MeToo, immigration, the 14th Amendment, the opioid epidemic, the student loan bubble, bias at SCOTUS, the death penalty, the future of the Legal Services Corporation, and much more were discussed.
Chicago Mayor @RahmEmanuel addresses the ABA House of Delegates. pic.twitter.com/fqGBG6MySe
— American Bar Association (@ABAesq) August 6, 2018
When it was all said and done, there was no way for us to cover every important topic circulating around the American Bar Association but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. All in all, we recorded and published 22 interviews featuring 67 participants from the conference center floor. We even enlisted some hosting help from the ABA Journal, the State Bar of Texas, Palace Law, and one former ABA President (thank you Linda Klein).
Among the roster of guests we had incoming and outgoing American Bar Association presidents (Bob Carlson and Hilarie Bass), a former Vice Admiral Judge Advocate General (Nanette M. DeRenzi), The Florida State Bar President (Michelle Suskauer), and nationally known Supreme Court advocate and commentator (Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from Berkeley Law) to name a few.
It was a big year of leadership coverage as well. We were fortunate to be joined by the leaders of ABA Young Lawyers Division, ABA Solo Small Firm and General Practice Division, National Association of Bar Executives, ABA Section of Litigation, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Probar, Human Rights First, and Military Spouse J.D. Network. For a complete list of our guests and topics featured in our audio coverage, please reference the links and descriptions below.
Incoming ABA President Bob Carlson stops by to discuss his leadership initiatives including toolkits for firms and bar organizations to combat lawyer depression, addiction, and suicide as well as educational content to help solo, small, and medium sized firms run better more profitable practices.
@ABABlueprint is newer & better. @abapres_elect explains all the new tools comjn during his “ BlueSky” Presidency. @LegalTalkNet @LaurenceEsq @ABAesq @chadeburton @DanLinna @LindaKleinLaw pic.twitter.com/HzoOuKb2Ke
— Patrick Palace (@PalaceLaw) August 4, 2018
Outgoing ABA President Hilarie Bass stops by for a conversation about her many initiatives including increasing the career longevity of women attorneys, Legal Fact Check, helping homeless youth, and improving bar passage rates.
ABA Journal’s Kevin Davis and co-host Laurence Colletti interview Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law about the latest Supreme Court session, bias on the Court, and predictions for pivotal future cases.
ABA Journal’s Victor Li is joined by Dan Rodriguez, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, William Hurd, and Wisconsin Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin for a conversation about the actions and prerogatives of the state attorneys general in the current political climate including lawsuits brought against the current administration and how that compares to past administrations.
Outgoing Chair for the ABA Young Lawyers Division Dana Hrelic stops by to talk about membership opportunities, advantages of joining their division, and future programs.
Former ABA President Linda Klein and co-host Laurence Colletti are joined by Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi, The Florida Bar’s President Michelle Suskauer, and the Military Spouse J.D. Network’s Karen Scanlan and Katherine Lee Goyette for a conversation about admittance issues faced by lawyer spouses of active military members being relocated for assignment and how they are working towards a system of temporary law licenses. They also discuss the Veterans Legal Service Initiative and the law service clinics that are partnering legal assistance along with medical help for veterans.
Past ABA President @LindaKleinLaw speaks with @LegalTalkNet on how lawyers can help veterans. #ABAAnnual pic.twitter.com/yaB6YSQuAc
— American Bar Association (@ABAesq) August 3, 2018
Melanie Bragg, chair of ABA Solo Small Firm and General Practice Division, joins host Laurence Colletti for a conversation about the diverse practice areas of their membership, their assistance programs, upcoming events, and why lawyers should be interested in joining their group.
State Bar of Texas’ Rocky Dhir sits down with Latanishia Watters, Sarah Rogers, and Judge Terry Ruckriegle to talk about trial prep, building credibility with judge and jury, and setting reasonable expectations for clients. Stay tuned to hear about the best and worst things they’ve seen litigators do during a trial.
ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward sits down with Nicole VanderDoes for a conversation about the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment in the workplace, and what to do if superiors are making you feel uncomfortable.
ABA Journal’s Jason Tashea talks with Andrew Grosso, Judge Bernice Donald, Alan Butler, and Lorraine Kisselburgh about technology changing the law, the Carpenter case, and the legal implications of using algorithms.
Host Laurence Colletti is joined by Tina Campbell Hebert, Brian Daly, David Silverman, Hari Osofsky, and Dan Rees for a discussion about climate change, the law, and the role of courts in setting policy.
Karen Hutchins and Julie Armstrong of the National Association of Bar Executives drop by for a conversation about the benefits of joining their organization, programs they offer, and why bar leaders should get involved.
Host Laurence Colletti is joined by Adam Fuller, Heidi Roll, Maya Ewing, and Daniel Hemel for a conversation about the Epic Systems v. Lewis case and how it’s changed the use of arbitration clauses in employment agreements.
ABA Journal’s Jason Tashea interviews Bruce Brotine, Lyssa Thaden, and Zach Weber about student loan debt, refinancing options, and the pitfalls of Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
ABA Journal’s Liane Jackson interviews Dr. Dave Preble about opioids, their use in pain management, and better ways to prescribe them to avoid destructive behaviors associated with addiction.
Marty Balogh, John G. Levi, E. Faye Butler, Zachary Stevenson, and Judge Lora J. Livingston on behalf of the Legal Services Corporation drop by to talk about their fundraising efforts as well as the important representation and volunteer work being done by their organization.
Host Laurence Colletti talks to Koji Fukumura and Barb Dawson about the ABA Section of Litigation, its educational content, and the benefits it provides to its 47,000 members.
Host Patrick Palace is joined by the National Conference of Bar Presidents’ Jennifer Parent to discuss their organization and its focus on leadership, innovation, collaboration, and preparing lawyers for change.
ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles talks to Melba Pearson, Richard Pena, Moire Corcoran, Matt Redle, and Jeremy Alexis about the Miranda Rights Warnings Project which implements technology to translate Miranda Warnings for people who don’t speak English.
Hosted by State Bar of Texas’ Rocky Dhir, this episode features Judge Michael Panter (retired), Matthew Moeller, David Pardue, and Michael Weber talking about the purpose of pleadings and what goes into successfully drafting them.
Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino joins host Laurence Colletti to talk about international human rights, the Trump Administration, and how it differs regarding refugees and the treatment of immigrants.
ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles talks to Kimi Jackson, Maria Woltjen, and Anne Chandler about the common legal issues faced by immigrants at the border such as family separation and what the ABA is doing to help.
Participants (in alphabetic order):
It’s still a little early but we are all fired up and ready to go for Day 2 interviews at #ABAAnnual. 🗣🎙⚖️ pic.twitter.com/keb9U75jMW
— Laurence Colletti (@LaurenceEsq) August 3, 2018
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.