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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered features top of the industry guests discussing various legal topics.

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May 26, 2020

Can cyborg lawyers convince their clients to listen?

Colin Rule, Warren Agin, Sherrill Ellsworth, and Joshua Browder talk about how their apps are working to help detect and block sarcasm in texts between parents fighting with each other.

Apr 27, 2020

Trials and tiaras: How do pageant winners fare as lawyers?

Ashley Halfman, Teresa Scanlan and Bill Alverson talk about the similarities between the pageant circuit, law school and the practice of law with pageant winners or working as a pageant coach.

Mar 30, 2020

How to practice law remotely and efficiently during the COVID-19 crisis

Shauna Barnes share information with lawyers about how they can adjust to the world’s current situation—such as having to work from home, whether they want to or not.

Feb 24, 2020

Why did a Georgia city prohibit tattoos on Sundays?

Stephanie Francis Ward explores people’s changing views of laws inspired by Christian outlooks and whether it’s worth changing those laws, even if they are rarely if ever enforced.

Jan 27, 2020

Getting real: What happens when clients go on reality TV

Stephanie Francis Ward, host of Asked and Answered, speaks with three lawyers, Dustin Sullivan, Michael Beck and Jerry Buting, who are all involved in the world of reality television.

Dec 30, 2019

The financial costs for firms when women and minority lawyers leave

Ripa Rashid talks with Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about how can firms keep female and minority lawyers from leaving their firms and the high cost for said firms when they depart.

Nov 25, 2019

Introverted lawyer offers tips for office holiday parties

Heidi Brown talks about how to navigate the office holiday party and still appear to be having fun and how to come out of your shell when you'd rather be alone.

Oct 28, 2019

What seasoned and new lawyers can learn from each other

Karen Kaplowitz talks about how newer and older lawyers can work together and discover unique business development opportunities, while also having more a diverse legal teams, and finding better ways to use social media in marketing.

Sep 30, 2019

Pay Attention: CPA serves up financial tips for lawyers

Gary DuBoff talks about how to live within your means, how to figure out your set costs, and how to budget with what’s left over.

Aug 26, 2019

Speak Up: Tips for lawyers on how to give an impactful public speech

Gerard Gregoire offers his own public speaking tips for lawyers and explains why it’s important to be authentic and connect with your audience.

Jul 29, 2019

First-year lawyer offers self-care tips and shares how he learned to quiet his mind post-law school

Michael Anspach talks about his road to success after law school, his self-care tips and how he learned to quiet his mind.

Jun 24, 2019

Want to go to law school? This teen has some tips

Haley Taylor Schlitz talks about how she stays organized and discusses her summer planning before starting law school at Southern Methodist University this fall.

May 28, 2019

Amped Up: ADHD med abuse in the legal profession

Patrick Krill speaks out about the issues and dangers of illegal prescription stimulants.

May 20, 2019

Civics beyond Schoolhouse Rock

ABA President Bob Carlson highlights the survey’s most surprising findings, and discusses the ABA’s plans for the data and ideas for how Americans can improve their civic knowledge in the future.

Apr 29, 2019

Where the Jobs Are: Hot careers for the Class of 2019

Valerie Fontaine of SeltzerFontaine speaks about potential slowdowns and how lawyers can be thinking ahead to recession-proof their practices.

Mar 25, 2019

Your client’s gone viral–now what?

Pete Wentz shares how to address online controversies at the right time and what commonly given legal advice turns out to be the least helpful in putting out fires.

Feb 25, 2019

Bullying from the Bench: How to cope in court

Roula Allouch gives advice and information about tactics you can use to protect yourself from a bully on the bench without hurting your client's case.

Jan 28, 2019

Finding the Right Fit: Creating a career you love

Samorn Selim shares what she learned about finding the right career fit.

Jan 2, 2019

Creating Order: Lifestyle tips for disorganized lawyers

Janet Taylor shares tips and tricks for conquering mounds of paperwork and constantly losing house keys.

Nov 26, 2018

Good Conduct: Confronting confusion in the wake of #MeToo

Gerard Pauling discusses the importance of context and non-verbal cues, and how firms can protect themselves from liability and their employees from experiencing harassment.

Oct 29, 2018

Convincing clients you’re worth the cost

Janice Brown discusses how to be confident when speaking with a potential client, and gives listeners tips drawn from her own experience explaining legal fees and retainers.

Sep 24, 2018

Election Protection: How lawyers can help uphold voters’ rights this November

Marsha Johnson-Blanco talks about how attorneys can help on Nov. 6.

Aug 27, 2018

Halting the Hover: Dealing with helicopter parents in law school

Sondra Tennessee shares her advice on how students, parents and school administrators can foster students’ independence and success.

Jul 30, 2018

Mounting a defense: Security expert shares tips on avoiding violence

Ty Smith talks about Vigilance Risk Solutions Inc., a security consulting business that focuses on workplace violence prevention.

Jun 25, 2018

Lived & Learned: Difficult conversations can save relationships, says Michele Coleman Mayes

In this episode of the Asked and Answered: Lived and Learned series, Michele Coleman Mayes discusses improving your relationship with someone by using certain types of communication.

Jun 25, 2018

Lived & Learned: Present as your true self, says Mia Yamamoto

In this episode of the Asked and Answered: Lived and Learned series, Mia Yamamoto discusses the importance of fighting for those who come after you, and of advocating for yourself.

Jun 25, 2018

Lived & Learned: Ask for help when you have an ethics quandary, says Lucian Pera

In this episode of the Asked and Answered: Lived and Learned series, Lucian Pera says that he's learned that everyone, including lawyers, can use an outside perspective.

Jun 25, 2018

Lived & Learned: Ask those in power to fulfill their obligations, says Cruz Reynoso

In this episode of the Asked and Answered: Lived and Learned series, Cruz Reynoso discusses how his father's philosophy as a farmworker inspired him as a labor rights advocate and attorney.

Jun 25, 2018

Lived & Learned: Laughter belongs in your work life, says Bobbi Liebenberg

In this episode of the Asked and Answered: Lived and Learned series, Bobbi Liebenberg says she's learned that laughter has a place in the workplace.

Jun 25, 2018

Lived & Learned: Set your own expectations, says Andrés Gallegos

In this episode of the Asked and Answered: Lived and Learned series, Andrés Gallegos says he learned never to let anyone else's perception of his capabilities limit him in achieving his dreams.

Jun 25, 2018

International etiquette: Minding your manners when practicing abroad

Terri Morrison discusses how to not offend clients and alienate foreign judges and arbiters even with the hurdle of cultural differences.

Jun 11, 2018

Attending the ABA Annual Meeting? Here’s a sneak peek

This August, lawyers from around the country will come to Chicago for the ABA Annual Meeting. Wondering whether to make the trip yourself?

May 30, 2018

Quest for Perfection: Brian Cuban talks about lawyers and body image

Brian Cuban shares about his decades long struggle with body dysmorphic disorder, and how he learned to address it.

Apr 30, 2018

Where are the jobs for the class of 2018?

Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Valerie Fontaine, founding partner of the legal search firm SeltzerFontaine, about which in-demand areas of law have open job positions–and how law grads can secure them.

Mar 26, 2018

How firms can encourage mental, emotional and physical fitness

Wellness is not just about eating health food and exercising. Hear from Jolene Park, founder of Healthy Discoveries, a corporate wellness company.

Feb 26, 2018

How to turn tech savvy into a fulfilling legal career

E-discovery and privacy law should be two areas that legal tech jobseekers look into, Shannon Capone Kirk tells the ABA Journal's Stephanie Francis Ward in this episode of Asked and Answered.

Jan 29, 2018

Loving life as a lawyer: How to maintain joy in your work

Nancy Levit shares tips on how to find the work you want to do, and how to find joy in the work you're already doing.

Jan 4, 2018

You’re in a pickle. Can a lawyer assistance program help?

Bree Buchanan talks about how lawyers assistance programs work, and how a person can reach out for assistance.

Nov 27, 2017

Esquire Etiquette: Minding your manners at work

Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams talks about common social faux pas lawyers make, and how best to avoid them.

Oct 23, 2017

Should I stay or should I go? When partners should make a lateral move

Karen Kaplowitz shares tips about how lawyers can best serve clients after a move or ways to make a place for themselves at a new firm.

Sep 25, 2017

Drowning in debt? Here are some potential lifelines

Adam Minsky, author of "Student Loan Debt 101," shares tips and tricks for managing debt and regaining control of your personal finances.

Aug 29, 2017

How can lawyers help Hurricane Harvey victims? Disaster response attorneys share tips

Find out how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in this special episode of Asked and Answered.

Aug 28, 2017

Seeking equal pay? Here are some strategies

In this ABA Journal podcast, Jeffrey Lowe discusses compensation for lawyers, including tips to ensure you're getting paid fairly.

Aug 25, 2017

Is Diversity All Talk?

This special ABA Annual episode covers diversity and what will truly drive change within the legal profession.

Jul 27, 2017

ABA president shares a sneak peek into ABA Annual Meeting in NYC

ABA President Linda Klein and Marty Balogh talk about the upcoming 2017 ABA Annual Meeting in New York City in August.

Jul 24, 2017

How the radical movements of the 1960s changed the law and challenged the status quo

Attorney and activist Paul Harris talks about his work stretching back to the 1960s, including defending high-profile clients like Huey Newton.

Jun 26, 2017

How to be your own advocate without stepping on toes

This legal podcast discusses how lawyers can advocate for themselves in the workplace, without getting in their own way.

May 30, 2017

How to land government contracts as a minority- or women-owned firm

This legal podcast dives into getting certified as a minority-owned law firm for government or private-sector programs.

Apr 24, 2017

Are schools that fail to teach children to read violating their Constitutional rights?

In 2016, a group of lawyers filed a federal civil rights claim against the Detroit public school system. We interview Carter Phillips, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Mar 27, 2017

Getting ahead while working from home

In this month's episode of Asked and Answered, Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Sara Sutton Fell about lawyers working remotely.

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