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Molly McDonough

Molly McDonough

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."
Posts by Molly
July 23, 2021

Inspiring founder | Texas quorum quirks | Homelessness at crisis point | Old firm, new approach

This week’s solid listens include an inspiring founder’s story, the politics of quorum in Texas explained and approaches addressing homelessness in a meaningful way.  Persistence pays off When you know you’re right and everyone tells you you’re wrong, what do you do? If you’re Janine Sickmeyer, you move to the next conversation. You find a...

July 17, 2021

Financial wellness tips | How Mary Kay shaped this lawyer’s career | Popehat’s take on Trump v. social media

Other than clean living, among the things better addressed sooner than later, is financial health. This is true whether you’re swimming in debt or have money to burn. In a two-part series, Young Lawyer Rising hosts and guest Ravi Ramanathan discuss the hot issue of paying down law school debt, saving for retirement, and entertainment...

July 10, 2021

Advocacy for the unpopular: Where’s the line? | U.S. Rep. Raskin on impeachment | Bill of Rights for the earth?

When someone hires a lawyer, they are entitled to a level of zealous advocacy. Ethical guidelines bind the lawyer to be loyal and give their clients their all.  But there are limits to even zealous advocacy. To explore the limits and parse the suspension of Rudy Giuliani’s law license, Legal Talk Today host Laurence Colletti...

July 2, 2021

Law schools ranked by employment | IRL office debate | A Declaration of Independence reading

Rankings of all sorts can be controversial, especially for those being ranked when their numbers never materialize or slip. Yet, they continue to be incredibly important for the marketing of law schools, law firms, etc.  As long as consumers and clients care about rankings, they will exist.  On Thinking Like a Lawyer, Joe Patrice, Kathryn...

June 24, 2021

Pricing and hirability | New Solo crash course | Elder fraud on the rise

At the top end of the legal profession, in terms of pay, salary wars are well underway. Starting associate salaries have jumped over the $200K mark and are rising. But for much of the rest of the market, pricing takes on a whole other set of issues and consumer market pressures. Solo and small firm...

June 18, 2021

‘F’ for Solos on Cybersecurity | Responses to Ransomware | 20 Time & Tech Tips

Look to the left, look to the right. If you’re a solo/small firm, it’s a fair bet that one of your firms has been a victim of a cyber attack. According to the 2020 ABA Tech Report, 29% of law firms have been hacked. That’s up from 26% in 2019. Security+ and GlobalMac IT CEO...

June 11, 2021

Summer reading list | When citizen sleuths slip up | Regulating riots

Ever notice how when someone asks for reading recommendations on social media, the comment threads blow up?  Folks love to share their favorite reads. They seem to equally enjoy seeing what books are on the reading lists of their friends and professional associates. Confession: I save all those lists, and now I’m swimming a sea...

June 10, 2021

New experience-driven podcast takes holistic view of litigators

Focused on guests’ deep experience and expertise, the producers and hosts of the new Litigation Radio podcast are exploring the lives and practices of litigators. Produced monthly, shows are carefully planned to cover what it’s like to be a litigator, from finding purpose to understanding the history, nuances, and controversies of attorney-client privilege. With Chicago-based...

June 4, 2021

Landing the job you want | Over-enrollment blues | Musings on UFOs, embracing sales

Decisions about law school were intensely complicated because of the pandemic. Should students go all in? Defer? Bail altogether?  Conversations on Above the Law’s Thinking Like a Lawyer and the ABA’s Law Student Podcast reveal the legal ed landscape is still pretty muddy.  On the positive side, jobs are opening up on traditional paths, and...

May 28, 2021

Reigning-in risks | ‘Limitless’ vacation, pro or con? | Authors talk toxins and labor camps

As noted recently by Digital Detectives, ransomware and cyber breaches spiked during the pandemic.  There are some understandable reasons for the increase in hacking. One is that data security protocols took a back seat in the scramble to get workers up and running at home. So did routine security patches and updates. More than a...

May 21, 2021

Why hackers are thriving | Startling cyber-attack stats | Court-packing or SCOTUS reform?

If you sensed that hacking and ransomware attacks spiked during the pandemic, your suspicions were accurate. A perfect storm of lapses in security, a rise in scripted attacks, and increased professionalized hacking have led to some of the most debilitating and embarrassing cyber attacks to date. The high-profile Colonial Pipeline debacle led to gasoline hoarding,...

May 14, 2021

5 key metrics to track | Getting to inbox zero | A ’70s-era kidnapping | Crisis lawyering, a niche practice

When exploring different ways to improve a practice, work habits, whatever really, a common piece of advice is to look at the data. But what does that mean? Which data points? What metrics matter? Legal marketing experts Gyi Tsakalakis and Conrad Saam narrow the field for lawyers who are either hands-on marketers or working with...

May 7, 2021

Video jury trials here to stay? | Rituals and transitions | RFID chipping employees | Newsletters the new blogs?

Over the past year, there’s been much discussion, debate, and suspicion about holding the most sacrosanct court proceedings via video. A growing consensus is that the pandemic caused the judicial branch to advance technologically for the better. And there’s little debate that many of the emergency and stopgap measures put in place during shutdowns will...

May 6, 2021

New narrative podcast amplifies voices of young lawyers

Young Lawyer Rising may be a new podcast, but the hosts sound like radio vets out of the gate. There’s a reason why Sonia Russo and Mathew Kerbis come across as practiced broadcast professionals.  For the show, Russo is tapping into her experience as an FM radio reporter and producer. And Kerbis is a litigator...

April 30, 2021

‘Radium Girls’ and workplace safety | Press under arrest | Growth of legal-adjacent careers | Becoming an influencer

One of the benefits of listening to podcasts is getting the opportunity to hear directly from people intimately involved with the stories they’re sharing.  Independent filmmaker Ginny Mohler came across the story of “dial painters” while researching the Manhattan Project. The result: “Radium Girls,” a tragic story of teenage watch dial painters of the Roaring...