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Editor’s Picks: Avoiding DIY Legal Turmoil | Teams Tips | WFH Biz Dev | How to Spot Voter Intimidation

HGTV’s Windy City Rehab is in the midst of airing season two.


Favorite episodes cover litigation and municipal codes that added unscripted drama to a popular reality TV show; practical tips and insights about an underrated remote meeting platform; how lawyers are finding new business now that they’re working from home; and whether voters’ rights are being protected since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder

In back-to-back episodes featuring home improvement topics, Legal Talk Today host Laurence Colletti first speaks with code attorney Linda Pieczynski about the spike in DIY projects since stay-at-home orders began in March. Pieczynski tells Colletti about what happens when homeowners cut corners on pulling required permits for home improvement projects.

Colletti shifts gears to a reality TV discussion with entertainment lawyer Toni Long about HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab,” which ended its first season mired in litigation and stop-work orders. Not all reality TV drama is scripted, Colletti learns, as Long walks through what she looks for on behalf of her clients. 


Thrust into a dispersed work model, many lawyers are realizing they’ve had a powerful remote meeting and collaboration platform at their fingertips. In the most recent Kennedy-Mighell Report, guest Karuana Gatimu, director of Microsoft’s Customer Advocacy Group, shares tips on how to use Microsoft Teams most effectively and to its fullest. 


Lawyers and legal operations leaders should keep boning up on remote platforms, alternatives, and best practices because work-from-home is likely to be permanent or part of a hybrid arrangement for many office-based workers well beyond the current Covid-19 crisis. On the ABA Journal’s Asked & Answered, host Stephanie Francis Ward talks with business development coach Karen Kaplowitz about how lawyers are finding new opportunities to bring in new clients and build business while working outside a traditional law office space.


Also… Not to miss, heading into the election, is a voting rights edition of the Chicago Bar Association’s @TheBar, featuring John Cusick, a litigation fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Cusick reviews the state of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with hosts Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Chastidy Burns. The three talk about recent examples of voter intimidation, how to spot it, and how to report intimidation when you see it. 


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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."