Karla Eckardt

Karla Eckardt

Host of The Florida Bar Podcast

Karla Eckardt, a Miami native, moved to Tallahassee to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and criminology from Florida State University. Karla was a paralegal turned legal administrator at an area firm. She fully expected that her time at the firm would inspire her to attend law school. However, she soon realized that her professional skills and goals drove her towards a career in legal administration, not the substantive practice of law. Rather than going to law school, she has decided to pursue a juris master’s degree with a concentration in legal risk management and HR compliance. Karla is currently a Practice Management Advisor in The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute.

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Recent Episodes
June 15, 2020

The Science of Working From Home

The Florida Bar Podcast welcomes Judge Robert Hilliard, Rebecca Bandy, and Jack Newton to explore their perspectives on the legal profession’s shift to remote work during the pandemic.

April 30, 2020

How to Designate an Inventory Attorney — Rule 1-3.8 for Florida Lawyers

Patricia Savitz explains the Florida Bar’s requirement for members to designate an inventory attorney under Rule 1-3.8.

March 20, 2020

Electronic File Management 101

John Montaña answers common questions about law firm data storage in an increasingly digital practice.

February 28, 2020

EAPs and the Bar: Providing Mental Health Services to Attorneys

George Martin and Lisa Hardy explain the many types of help available to attorneys through an employee assistance program.

January 30, 2020

A Crash Course in Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation

Elizabeth Tarbert offers guidance for ensuring compliance in lawyer advertising and solicitation.

October 22, 2019

Is Your Firm a Hostile Work Environment? and Other Employment Law Violations

Deborah Minnis discusses considerations for Title VII and other antidiscrimination statutes in the law firm setting.

September 27, 2019

Member Benefits Episode 2: Fastcase, ROSS Intelligence, and LegalFuel

In this 3-segment episode, Ed Walters and Damien Riehl of Fastcase, Andrew Arruda of ROSS Intelligence, and Jonathon Israel of LegalFuel share how their services & programs enhance the practice of law...

September 25, 2019

Member Benefits Episode 1: Trust Account Compliance with TrustBooks

Tom Boyle, co-founder of TrustBooks, discusses the importance of implementing trust accounting software tailored to the unique needs of law firms.

August 27, 2019

What Your Law Firm Administrator Should Know to Run Your Firm: Benefits of the Association of Legal Administrators.

Debra Elsbury discusses the importance of utilizing the skills of a legal administrator to boost the success of your law firm.

July 26, 2019

How She Did It: Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson’s Path to Leadership

Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson discusses her unconventional path to becoming Leon County Judge in Tallahassee, Florida.

June 26, 2019

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Anessa Allen Santos / Blockchain for Lawyers and Its Impact on the World

Anessa Allen Santos joins hosts Karla Eckhart and Renee Thompson at the Florida Bar’s 2019 Annual Convention to discuss the role blockchain will play in the practice of law and beyond.

June 20, 2019

The Science Behind the Attorney Mental Health Crisis

Anne Brafford talks about going from big law to psychology, her book, “Positive Professionals,” and discusses the various aspects of lawyer health and well-being.

May 30, 2019

Can I Afford to Retire?

Business valuation expert Gary Trugman and financial advisor Michael Davino talk about how best to prepare and effectuate your retirement.

April 9, 2019

The State of Professionalism in the Legal Industry

Rebecca Bandy and Adriannette Williams talk about how the Florida Bar is seeking to elevate professionalism amongst its lawyers.

February 21, 2019

What Attorneys Need to Know about Hiring, Evaluating, and Terminating Employees

Michael Cohen talks about the critical things attorneys need to know when hiring, evaluating, or terminating an employee.

January 29, 2019

Exploring the Roles of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners

Missy Gavagni and Scott Baena talk about the roles of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

December 12, 2018

Earn More — Stress Less — Be Awesome: Tips from Law Firm Coach Nora Riva Bergman

Nora Riva Bergman talks about her book, “50 Lessons for Lawyers: Earn More – Stress Less – Be Awesome,” and her evolution from practicing attorney to law firm business coach.

November 6, 2018

What Lawyers Need to Know about Cybersecurity

Al Saikali talks about how lawyers should prepare their firms for different types of cybersecurity threats.

September 25, 2018

Lawyer Discipline

Adria Quintela talks about The Florida Bar’s Department of Lawyer Regulation and attorney discipline.

August 13, 2018

Tips for Ethically Using Social Media Marketing

Ethan Wall talks about how lawyers can use social media efficiently and ethically to promote their practice.

June 18, 2018

2018 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Masters Seminar on Ethics

Richard Bush, Steven Teppler, Henry Paul, Judy Rushlow, and John Berry join us as they speak on the topic of the 2018 Masters Seminar on Ethics, which includes the most common ethics...

June 15, 2018

2018 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Elder Law Update

Peggy Hoyt and Alex Douglas talk about different forms of elder abuse and what people can do to protect themselves.

June 15, 2018

2018 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Animal Law Update

Ralph DeMeo, Matthew Deitz, and Gregg Morton discuss animal law and the growth of success that the Animal Law Section of the Florida Bar has gained.

June 15, 2018

2018 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Criminal Law Update

Denis deVlaming joins us today to talk about important US Supreme Court cases and what their outcomes could mean for future criminal law cases in Florida.

April 26, 2018

Attorney Identity Theft

Shanell Schuyler gives us some tips about attorney identity theft scams, what they look like, and what both lawyers and clients can do to prevent them.

March 27, 2018

Physical Security and Workplace Violence

Deputy M. Dean Crump talks about workplace violence and the importance of training employees to handle it properly. He discusses how to safely deal with terminations, physical security measures, and how to...

February 27, 2018

Certification through the BLSE

Diana Kellogg, Jessica Malloy, and Steven Rubin talk about the BLSE including what the certification process looks like and why it’s important for attorneys.

January 31, 2018

Attorney Mental Health and Wellness

Larry Krieger expands on why attorneys often struggle with depression and the wellbeing factors that may lead to satisfaction in a legal career.

December 27, 2017

Navigating Ethics and Advertising

Elizabeth Clark Tarbert talks about The Florida Bar’s Ethics and Advertising Department, including their role with the Bar, common questions they are asked, and why lawyers shouldn’t be afraid to call them...