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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels
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The ABA Journal Legal Rebels Podcast features men and women who are remaking the legal profession and highlights the pioneers who are changing the way law is practiced and setting the standards that will guide the profession in the future.

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Aug 17, 2022

Why this BigLaw Firm Adopted a Permanent Work-from-Anywhere Policy for its Lawyers and Staff

As things are opening up again and people are getting back to how they lived before the COVID-19 pandemic, will that spell the end of the remote-work era?

Jul 20, 2022

How technology can improve immigration policy and practice

An immigration lawyer talks about law and policy, as well as the potential of technology to streamline and improve the immigration process.

Jun 15, 2022

Taking on unauthorized practice of law regulations to expand access to justice

A professor talks about New York-based company Upsolve’s lawsuit regarding UPL rules and access-to-justice issues in general.

May 18, 2022

EmotionTrac analyzes facial expressions in real time to help lawyers pick juries, market themselves

A legal tech CEO talks to the ABA Journal’s Victor Li about how EmotionTrac works and how lawyers can use it for their benefit.

Apr 13, 2022

TurnSignl app seeks to provide real-time legal assistance and de-escalation of tension during traffic stops

A legal tech CEO talks about how TurnSignl works; the benefits of using the app for users, lawyers and police officers; and his plans for the future.

Mar 23, 2022

With alternative dispute rising in popularity, this platform aims to help mediators and arbitrators

A lawyer realized that there were limited tech options to assist him in the alternative dispute resolution realm, so he and his wife developed a technology platform for mediators and arbitrators.

Feb 16, 2022

How a social justice innovation lab is developing new types of legal services

“It is a really exciting frontier to be in to be able to look at projects in both the regulatory reform states at once,” says director Stacy Butler.

Jan 19, 2022

How this contracts platform uses AI to help users manage and analyze key documents

“We treat contracting like a loop, where we feel it is really important that you learn from your executed contracts to make your new agreements better,” says Jake Sussman of Evisort.

Dec 15, 2021

How an e-discovery platform has evolved to meet the new challenges facing clients

Everlaw CEO AJ Shankar shares how his company has enhanced its e-discovery offerings.

Nov 17, 2021

How a law prof is training paraprofessionals to represent immigrants in legal proceedings

A law professor discusses the creation and components of the VIISTA program, the diverse backgrounds of students it has attracted so far, and the types of work that the program's initial graduates...

Oct 13, 2021

Why this BigLaw firm is embracing an ‘augmented automation solution’ for clients

David Wang emphasizes that the firm’s lawyers will still have key roles to play in assisting clients with completing their registration statements ahead of planned initial public offerings.

Sep 15, 2021

Why an online legal marketplace has added tech companies and other alternative providers

"We are creating a much more connected ecosystem, so that in-house teams can find the right solution in one place," says Basha Rubin, CEO and co-founder at Priori.

Aug 18, 2021

This online platform aims to help pro se litigants with complex civil cases

Sonja Ebron discusses the build-up to the launch of Courtroom5 in 2017 and breaks down the different ways the platform can assist users.

Jul 21, 2021

How one bankruptcy software company had a banner year despite filings hitting a low

NextChapter’s success last year came in its first full year after being acquired by legal research company FastCase.

Jun 16, 2021

A new evidence management tool aims to help public defenders process video and audio

Two University of Chicago alums and technologists have developed a technology platform known as JusticeText, an AI-powered evidence management tool primarily geared toward public defenders.

May 19, 2021

New AI-powered legal writing tool aims to help lawyers craft winning briefs

A former assistant attorney general has created an AI-powered legal writing tool to help other lawyers craft case-winning briefs in an efficient manner.

Apr 14, 2021

How one firm is trying to convince technology clients to embrace subscription pricing

When two women discussed starting their own law firm two years ago, the experienced in-house lawyers agreed that they should take a subscription-pricing approach with clients.

Mar 17, 2021

Experienced cloud-based law firm thrives during COVID-19, firm co-founder says

“You make a lot more money when you come work for us than you do at a traditional firm,” says Kevin Broyles, a co-founder and managing partner of FisherBroyles.

Feb 10, 2021

Virtual onboarding has provided some unexpected benefits, firm shareholder says

John Van Amsterdam says his law firm has prioritized frequent virtual contacts with new attorneys and staff, generating particularly good feedback from lateral hires.

Jan 13, 2021

Law firms should not rush lateral hiring, due diligence expert says

Michael Ellenhorn, the founder and CEO of Decipher, says law firms would be wise not to quicken the hiring process too much.

Dec 16, 2020

Deloitte is monitoring regulatory reforms but is focused on growing new practice

For now, Don Fancher says Deloitte is focused in the United States on growing the legal business services practice that it launched in July.

Nov 18, 2020

Constant communication has been key amid COVID-19, law school dean says

L. Song Richardson, the dean at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, discusses with the ABA Journal's Lyle Moran how to making remote learning successful during a pandemic.

Oct 14, 2020

Firms of the future: COVID-19 prompts more law firms to pursue real estate downsizing

Sherry Cushman, a vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, talks to the ABA Journal's Lyle Moran about law firms and real estate downsizing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sep 16, 2020

This Louisiana judge continues to innovate during the COVID-19 crisis

Judge Scott Schlegel talks about his initial tactics into delivering justice online and delve into how he and his court responded to COVID-19.

Aug 19, 2020

Bench trial by video? This lawyer says it went better than expected

Kathy Ehrhart discusses the protocols she helped develop for the trial and talk about how the video proceeds went.

Jul 15, 2020

Legal reform advocates need to more actively engage the public

Paula Littlewood discusses the ongoing lawyer re-regulation efforts across the country and Washington State's pioneering limited license legal technician program.

Jun 17, 2020

BigLaw firm’s legal tech subsidiary has launched a steady stream of COVID-19 tools

Kimball Dean Parker talks about SixFifty and how this tool can help your law firm during COVID-19.

May 13, 2020

How hosting a national pandemic summit aided Nebraska courts with its COVID-19 response

Michael G. Heavican, the chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, talks about the National Pandemic Summit that he hosted in May 2019 for court leaders across the country.

Apr 15, 2020

Online estate planning sees surge during coronavirus crisis

Cody Barbo, CEO and co-founder of Trust & Will, talks about why he created the platform and his plans for the future.

Mar 18, 2020

President of the Legal Services Corp. reflects on his tenure

Jim Sandman talks about his accomplishments as President of the Legal Services Corp.

Feb 12, 2020

How 2 Texas lawyers are marketing their practice through song

Will Hutson and Chris Harris talk about how they marketed their practice through singing about legal subjects on YouTube.

Jan 15, 2020

Reinventing the staid field of legal academic writing

Bryan Wilson, editor-in-chief of MIT, discusses their MIT Computational Law Report.

Dec 12, 2019

How one lawyer built a practice by defending a notorious accused hacker

Tor Ekeland of Tor Ekeland Law in New York discusses how to mind a statue and build a legal practice.

Nov 13, 2019

Diversity in the legal tech community

Kristen Sonday discusses what it means to be a female co-founder, questions why she didn't notice more female and minority founders, and wonders if legal tech has a diversity problem.

Oct 16, 2019

Criminal justice experts hope tech can more easily help people expunge prior convictions and arrests

Colleen Chien and Sarah Lageson talk about their research into the modern trials and tribulations of expungement, sealing and criminal records.

Sep 18, 2019

Exploring new frontiers in research for the legal industry

Bob Ambrogi and Andrew Arruda talk about how new technology and artificial intelligence can help legal research.

Aug 14, 2019

How experiential learning became the norm

The past 10 years have brought a sea change to legal education, says Legal Rebel Rodney Smolla.

Jul 17, 2019

What’s your brand? Max Miller has some thoughts

Max Miller give his thoughts on how to be a 'thought leader' without having to brand it on your Linkedin page.

Jun 12, 2019

Avvo founder Mark Britton unwinds as he thinks about next step

Mark Britton, founder of Avvo, gives listeners a dive into the company and talks about what his next steps will be while he's taking a break.

May 15, 2019

David Van Zandt has made a career out of touching third rails in higher ed

Whether grappling with political issues of the day or an oppositional faculty, David Van Zandt has continually forged ahead for the changes he believes in.

Apr 17, 2019

Nonprofit law pioneer applauds ‘low bono’ growth

Luz Herrera talks about how a low-bono practice can enable a lawyer to balance the desire to help people with making a living.

Mar 13, 2019

Jeff Carr continues his fight against billable hours

Jeff Carr talks about why he came out of retirement, and how his principle of the Three Es calculated the value of legal services to clients.

Feb 13, 2019

Leading advocate for diversity in legal industry hasn’t seen much progress in 10 years

Emery Harlan, co-founder of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms, talks about how little has changed for diversity in the profession.

Jan 16, 2019

Beating the drum for change

Ralph Baxter talks about his days with Legal rebels, where his profession has been and where he thinks it’s headed.

Dec 12, 2018

Young lawyers can be technophobes too

Monica Goyal talks about new legal technology and why young lawyers nowadays aren't trying to experiment with it as much as we thought they would.

Nov 14, 2018

Make room for chatbots at your firm, LawDroid founder says

Tom Martin talks about his business, LawDroid, and how Chatbots have a place in a law office because they can handle busy work that eats up precious time in a lawyer’s day.

Oct 17, 2018

Could 80 percent of cases be resolved through online dispute resolution?

Colin Rule talks about the possibilities–and pitfalls–for online dispute resolution technology.

Sep 12, 2018

Legal writing pro is helping teach AI to draft contracts

Ken Adams talks about LegalSifter, a system that addresses the fact that many customers are doing the same tasks when dealing with contracts.

Aug 15, 2018

Legal services innovator moves on to app development

Nicole Bradick discusses identifying something that's not working in a law firm and the importance of investing the energy to fix it.

Jul 18, 2018

Entrepreneur Amy Porter’s theme is finding what lawyers need

Amy Porter on her experience founding the online payment platform AffiniPay and how she drew on her experience as a college athlete.

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Victor Li

Victor Li is the legal affairs writer for the ABA Journal. Previously he was a reporter for...

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