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Editor’s Picks: Prodigal Podcast Host Returns | Win Clients for Free | Banned from Parler

There are anniversary shows, and then there are grinding of gears, prodigal-son-returns-in-all-his-explicit-glory shows. 

Like a blast from the past, former Above the Law editor Eli Mystal joins Thinking Like A Lawyer co-hosts Joe Patrice and Katherine Rubino to celebrate the show’s 200th episode.

The three take a then and now, pre- and post-Trump administration look at the legal industry.

No surprise, Mystal is pissed off about student debt. And Patrice and Rubino wonder if, after a profitable year for large law firms, a new tier of firms will emerge, those which aren’t keeping up with the Jones Dayses. 

Heads up: The show comes with an explicit warning. And sound effects. 

I’m looking forward to Mystal joining the show again to discuss his forthcoming book, “Allow me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution.”

Free Advice, Cautionary Tales, and Niche Practice Tips

Nothing in life is free. Or is it? Well, maybe not “free” free, if you appreciate that time is money.

Legal marketing expert Gyi Tsakalakis joins Digital Edge to talk about how with some targeted time commitment, lawyers can leverage online platforms to improve their exposure and connect with new clients.

Hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway pepper Tsakalakis with questions:

  • One thing to do on the internet right now to improve business?
  • Must try social media platform?
  • Best way to demonstrate expertise?
  • Most underutilized technology?

Come for the tips. Stay to learn about Tsakalakis’s favorite stoic.

For more legal tech tips, this time on the finance side, New Solo guest Peggy Gruenke tells host Adriana Linares about the messes she finds when consulting on modernizing accounting processes. 

Spoiler: The discussion involves trust accounts, which, unfortunately, is also a common problem seen by bar regulators.

Journalists who use the Freedom of Information Act as a tool for reporting are among my heroes. And the lawyers who help them are a godsend. So it’s no wonder I enjoyed Stephanie Ward’s interview of Florida lawyer Beth Bourdon, a public defender by day and FOIA champion on nights and weekends. 

On Asked & Answered, the two talk about the similarities in researching documents for defense work and for news reporting, including the bureaucratic hurdles, time and expense involved. 

If that weren’t enough, Ward asks Bourdon about her social media forays, like that time she joined Parler then promptly got herself banned.

Before You Bring Your Laptop

As travel slowly resumes, Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Craig Williams interviews Laura Donohue about a recent court ruling on searches of electronic devices at the border. 

The two discuss the increase in device searches and the implications of 1st U.S. Circuit of Appeals Judge Sandra Lynch’s ruling in Alasaad v. McAleenan, finding that both basic and “advanced” searches fall within “permissible constitutional grounds” at the U.S. border.

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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."