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Editor’s Picks: 5 Must-Listen Podcasts

by Molly McDonough

The void left by the Sept. 18 death of legal trailblazer Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the topic of conversation in two of this week’s top podcast picks.



ONE: On Above the Law’s Thinking Like A Lawyer, host Joe Patrice interviews former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal about his memories arguing before the justice and clerking for her when she was new to the Supreme Court.



TWO: On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews constitutional law Prof. Deborah Pearlstein about Ginsburg’s legacy and the nomination of U.S. District Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, to fill the vacancy. 

Pearlstein and Williams discuss Barrett’s nomination of Barrett, the nomination’s timing during an election year, and the potential impact Barrett could have on lightning-rod issues, including Roe v. Wade and healthcare reform. 

For a touching tribute to RBG, listen to Legal Talk Today’s special episode featuring the stories of women whose lives and careers were inspired by the late justice.



THREE: On Law Technology Now, host Dan Linna gets a tutorial on how lawyers can evaluate whether new technology products are a good fit. Research Prof. Maura Grossman explains that machine learning is here to stay. Now that firms have realized that, they are scrambling to invest in technologies to become more efficient and competitive. Grossman offers eight questions lawyers should ask when evaluating AI-driven tech solutions for the delivery of legal services. 



FOUR: Self-described New Solo fangirl Kelly Roberts gives host Adriana Linares a rundown of what she learned to do and not do when launching her solo bankruptcy practice in Florida a little over a year ago. While Roberts has had a successful start, she and Linares talk about her firm’s growing pains and the next steps for building a support team. 



FIVE: In a timely episode, ABA Law Student Podcast host Meghan Steenburgh interviews high-profile lawyer Robert Barnett, a practice debate opponent for numerous Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

His client list is a Who’s Who of legal and political celebrity, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Bob Woodward, Mary Higgins Clark, Dick Cheney, Alan Greenspan, Katharine Graham, Ben Bernanke, Nikki Haley, Tony Blair of the United Kingdom, and Queen Noor of Jordan.



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Molly McDonough, a longtime legal affairs journalist, is a producer for the current events show "Legal Talk Today." She also is a media and content strategist with McDonough Media LLC. McDonough previously served as editor and publisher of the ABA’s flagship magazine, the "ABA Journal." She writes about access to justice at "A Just Society."