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Leveraging technology and the latest legal tools doesn’t necessarily mean becoming an expert in coding and the nuances of machine learning.

Several recent Legal Talk Network episodes take deep dives into day-to-day tools and law practice management practices. Topics cover: building custom estate documents, developing tags for easier information retrieval, and managing trust accounts to reduce risk.

On New Solo, estate planning lawyer Marie Stockton shares why she’s focused so much of her time and attention making sure her clients can and want to read some of the most important documents they’ll ever sign. 

She and host Adriana Linares talk about the shift from WordPerfect to Microsoft Word, creating styles for formatting, and the importance of font choice.

Digitizing information is just one part of creating a nimble work environment. But just because everything is in a digital format doesn’t mean it’s easy to find. 

On the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy talk tagging, offering a lesson in data organization.

Money management is tough enough. But when money management involves client funds, lawyers need to be extra sure they have systems in place to protect clients and themselves.

On Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway welcome Nota’s Paul Garibian to talk about common mistakes that can put bar licenses at risk and the latest best practices to keep accounts above board.

Managing stress in uncertain times

If talk of tech competencies has your head spinning, Litigation Radio’s latest episode may help.

Host Dave Scriven-Young interviews Dr. Deborah Topol and Lawrence Rosenberg, co-authors of the “Trial Lawyers Guide to Success and Happiness.” They discuss coping strategies and ways to relieve stress.

And segment host-Darryl Wilson offers practice advice during periods of uncertainty.

Public personas on trial 

Are rap artists less likely to get a fair trial? Before learning about “Rap on Trial: A Legal Guide for Attorneys,” I hadn’t realized how lyrics are used against aspiring rappers.

So are lyrics autobiographical confessions or art? Dr. Charis Kubrin explains the shortcuts prosecutors use when “gangster rap” is in play. Kubrin discusses research in this area of rap, bias, and First Amendment implications.

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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."