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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."
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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...

April 29, 2021

Legal commentary offers insights into Chauvin trial strategy & tactics

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota. Even those who binge-watched the high-profile trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin are unlikely to have absorbed its nuances and unusual legal issues. Legal Talk Today took a reflective approach to its coverage as the trial progressed and to the guilty-on-all-counts verdict rendered April 23, 11 months after...

April 23, 2021

$2K per hour? | WFH hacks worth keeping | Chauvin trial strategies examined

Revelations about former AG Eric Holder’s $2,295 hourly billing rate created a media buzz. Is the rate (which as reported reflects a 10% discount) too high? Or is it completely fair given Holder’s specialized expertise? Thinking Like A Lawyer’s Kathryn Rubino and Joe Patrice discuss and debate. Spoiler: Their opinions differ.  The two also discuss...

April 16, 2021

Editor’s Picks: Secret’s out, clients are on TikTok | Why AI matters to the military | Why subscription models make sense

The last thing anyone wants is one more social media platform to learn. I was solidly in that camp. But I’m afraid it’s finally time to bite the bullet on TikTok and get my sea legs with Instagram. Personal Injury lawyer and TikTok aficionado Taly Goody and lemon law lawyer and Instagram super user Michelle...

April 9, 2021

Editor’s Picks: Reputation management and the birth of Gritty | ‘Spark of life’ evidence | Young Lawyer Rising

There’s really never any risk that a conversation with Jared Correia will be boring. That said, when I saw his latest podcast featured reputation management, I was expecting a fairly straightforward interview. I should have known better. Correia’s guest Shawn Hill of NiceJob Inc. got real when talking about reviews, why they matter, and how...

April 2, 2021

Editor’s picks: The Varsity Blues mastermind | Open carry bans | Right to counsel’s complex matrix

When you have a child, it’s only natural to want to assure they have all the advantages you can afford. When that child has all the benefits, why would the parents need to cheat to get them into college? The Netflix documentary “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal” explores the motivations behind the largest...

March 26, 2021

Editor’s Picks: Legal Trends for Solos | BigLaw Bonuses | Lead Magnets | ‘Watergate Girl’ Dishes

Clio broke new ground five years ago by turning its internal data outward and sharing what it was learning about the legal profession. The Legal Trends Report quickly gained prominence in the industry data space at a time when lawyers were hungry for information and insights about the legal market. The reports have expanded in...

March 19, 2021

Editor’s Picks: Capitol Rioters & Merrick Garland | The Chicago 7 | Biden’s Cybersecurity Imperative

With the confirmation of Merrick Garland came a pledge to make prosecuting Capitol rioters a number one priority. The investigation faces numerous hurdles, including the sheer number of individuals charged. To date, some 300 people from 49 states are facing charges.  On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance explains the prosecutorial theories...

March 16, 2021

#OTR Roundup of ‘Technically Together’ ABA Techshow

brought to you by the generous support of Nota… ABA Techshow was one of the last in-person legal conferences in 2020 and organizers knew that this year’s show would require a new approach. And given a global pandemic, it’s no surprise that for the first time in its 35-year history, ABA Techshow 2021 went fully...

March 12, 2021

Editor’s Picks: Decamping to the Tropics | Google for Trial Courts | Infectious Disease Niche | Making Booze

Even with vaccines on the horizon, decamping to a tropical paradise sounds absolutely dreamy about now. That may be because the Midwest, while sunnier these days, is still prone to snow and bitter cold in the spring. More likely, I was inspired by Sara de Diego’s story. She’s an internet lawyer who moved her family...

March 5, 2021

Editor’s Picks: ‘Cat Lawyer’ Debriefed | Tapping a Tech-Enabled ‘Second Brain’ | Unlocking Creativity

If there’s an instance made for puns (and memes), the Texas case with the now-viral and hilarious kitten filter mishap is one for the ages. State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir digs deep for as many puns as possible for his, uh hem, unfiltered interview with the cat lawyer himself and the patient...

February 25, 2021

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...