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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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August 26, 2021

‘Talk Justice’ seeks to amplify ‘unexpected’ voices in support of civil legal aid

Aiming for a wider reach and audience, the civil legal aid podcast Talk Justice has joined the Legal Talk Network. Produced by the Legal Services Corporation, the podcast features a rotating lineup of hosts covering civil legal aid funding and access to justice. LSC views the podcast as a way to better communicate with legal aid providers...

August 20, 2021

Black Widow v. Disney | Victim blaming in politics | DIY in complex cases

Shuttered during the pandemic, movie theaters are only slowly opening capacity and drawing modest audiences. What impact did the shutdown and digital-first releases have on the pocketbooks of superstars headlining the films? On Legal Talk Today, Laurence Colletti takes us behind the scenes with Prof. Jon Garon to discuss Scarlett Johansonn’s breach of contract suit...

August 15, 2021

Building a-typically extraordinary teams | Cringey responses to web reviews | DOJ’s A2J redux

Building good teams often requires valuing the unique strengths of each member. For legal teams, diversity of thought and perspective can make all the difference when solving problems. If everyone thinks the same way, creative solutions may be elusive. Haley Moss speaks to the issue of neurodiversity in her book, “Great Minds Think Differently: Neurodiversity...

August 8, 2021

OTR Special Report: Bar leaders navigate uncertainty, drive change & look ahead

In this On the Road Special Report, hear from National Conference of Bar Presidents leaders who presented showcase programs to evaluate the Covid-19 rollercoaster, lessons learned, and innovative ways bar groups are serving members. These podcasts were recorded live at the August 2021 Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Incoming American Bar...

August 7, 2021

Mastering macros | Tag you’re it | Public personas on trial

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...

August 1, 2021

Law & #FreeBritney | WALL-E v Ultron | Very specific SCOTUS kink | Give to get

Being away for a midsummer vacay meant binge listening to LTN’s recent podcasts to catch up. For inspiration, laughs, and sober advice, I recommend the following playlist explaining #FreeBritney and covering the WALL-E of legal tech, surly judges, and SCOTUS poetry. #FreeBritney conservatorship explained Beyond the headlines and hype, a legal process is being used...

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...