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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast

The State Bar of Michigan podcast series, On Balance, features a diversified array of legal thought leaders. Hosted by JoAnn Hathaway of the bar’s Practice Management Resource Center and Molly Ranns of the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program at the State Bar of Michigan, the series focuses on the need for interplay between practice management and lawyer-wellness for a thriving law practice.

Nov 20, 2019

Tech Competency: Core Technologies For Your Law Firm

Barron Henley discusses Michigan’s adoption of the ethical duty of technology competence.

Nov 1, 2019

Exploring Gambling Addiction and the Path to Recovery

Jeff Wasserman shares stories of his struggles with gambling addiction, the lessons he’s learned, and the work he’s doing now to help others.

Sep 26, 2019

Michigan’s New Civil Discovery Rules

Katie Hennessey explains Michigan’s new civil discovery rules and shares resources available to help Michigan lawyers get up to speed on the changes.

Aug 30, 2019

How Loneliness Impacts the Practice of Law

Olivia Ash and Jeff Zapor discuss attorney mental health issues surrounding loneliness.

Jul 11, 2019

The Mindful Law Firm—Using Positivity to Increase Well-Being

Anne Brafford offers strategies firms can implement to effectively prioritize lawyer health and well-being.

Jun 14, 2019

Connecting with Your Clients

Dr. Noelle Nelson gives listeners simple techniques for connecting with all types of clients and teach lawyers how to communicate, even if they disagree with their client.

May 21, 2019

Do Rock the Boat: Making Workplace Conflict Productive

Practical methods for confronting coworkers, challenging differing positions, and using dissent to improve trust and productivity.

Apr 19, 2019

Manage What You Do: How Lawyers Can Accomplish More in Less Time

Allison Shields talks about how lawyers can do more in less time.

Mar 21, 2019

The 2019 Law School Experience

Victoria Vuletich talks about what the law school experience is like for the current generation of students.

Feb 22, 2019

The Opioid Crisis — Solutions for a Rising Epidemic

Harry Nelson talks about the opioid crisis and his book, “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription For Liberating A Nation In Pain.”

Jan 31, 2019

Michigan’s Rule Changes for Limited Scope Representation

Judge Michelle Rick and attorney Kim Jones talk about Michigan’s rule changes for limited scope representation that aim to lessen the justice gap.

Dec 27, 2018

Lawyer Well-Being: A National Movement for Culture Change

Terry Harrell talks about her work with the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

Oct 31, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: The View From The Criminal Bench

Judge Joseph J. Farah shares how attorneys can prepare a proper motion.

Oct 31, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Young Lawyers Learn from the Masters — Part 2

Carolyn Williams, Joseph Golden, and Susan & Ed Haroutunian talk about what they valued most in their careers as lawyers.

Oct 31, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Young Lawyers Learn from the Masters — Part 1

Leonard Suchyta, Bruce Neckers, Susan Howard, and L. Brooks Patterson talk about what they valued most in their careers.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Balancing Career and Life

Justice Bridget McCormack’s talks about how lawyers can balance their careers and personal lives in a healthy way.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Session Highlights with Christopher Anderson

Chris Anderson talks about the four sessions he presented at the NEXT Conference that all centered around law firm owner freedom.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Immigration Law

Susan E. Reed breaks down some of the complexities of immigration law, encourages lawyers to be educated on immigration law, and offers ways lawyers can partner with clients at MIRC.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Automation

Nicole Black talks about artificial intelligence and other legal technology.

Oct 29, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: A Spotlight On Access To Justice

Michigan attorneys Tom Rombach and Odey Meroueh discuss limited scope and access to justice initiatives in their state.

Oct 29, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Judge Wendy Baxter and Graham Ward talk about the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and how this form of practice is still evolving.

Oct 29, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Presenting Summary Disposition Motions

Hon. Christopher Yates, Hon. Jon Hulsing, and Hon. Tim Hicks talks about the right way to present summary disposition motions.

Oct 29, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Young Lawyers Section Updates

Kara Hart-Negrich talks about being the incoming chair to the Young Lawyers Section, upcoming plans and events for the next year.

Oct 29, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: What Initiatives Matter Most to Bar Leaders?

Jennifer Grieco and Donald Rockwell talk about the programs and initiatives that have meant the most to them as bar leaders.

Sep 28, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: The 2018 Legal Trends Report

Jack Newton talks about 2018 Legal Trends Report and what it reflects about the legal industry.

Sep 18, 2018

How to Set Up a Lean Law Firm

Larry Port talks about what a lean law firm is, addresses common misconceptions and what makes this system successful.

Aug 14, 2018

Must-Do Business Development and Marketing Activities

John Reed talks about essential marketing strategies for lawyers and how it's different from the business development.

Jul 26, 2018

Depression in the Legal Industry

Shawn Healy talks about depression in the legal profession and why it’s so common. He also offers tips on ways to address depression before it reaches a crisis point.

Jun 12, 2018

Managing your Firm like a Champion

Andrew Elowitt explains the type of qualities that will make someone a successful law firm manager.

May 22, 2018

Wellness Resources for Lawyers

Patrick Krill talks about dealing with anxiety and substance abuse within the legal profession. He includes relevant studies and resources for both lawyers and employers that help cultivate wellbeing in the workplace.

Apr 12, 2018

The Law Firm Journey: From Survival Mode to Stage One Business

Lea Ann Sterling discusses her experience establishing a successful law firm before practice management tools became popular, the importance of getting advice from reliable experts about technology and bookkeeping and how to...

Mar 14, 2018

Overcoming Addiction and Achieving Wellness as a Lawyer

Brian Cuban talks about what you can do about addiction both as a lawyer and as an employer.

Feb 15, 2018

Train Your Employees to Use Technology

Casey Flaherty talks about why investing in proper training is an essential part of investing in new technology.

Jan 16, 2018

Bringing E-filing to Michigan Courts with ImageSoft

Mary Roush and David Leasure discuss the statewide e-filing initiative that the state is working on with ImageSoft in order to bring e-filing to the Michigan Courts.

Jan 16, 2018

How Lawyers can Harness Social Media

Samantha Meinke talks about how and why lawyers should use social media to improve their practice.

Jan 16, 2018

Bringing Social Media to the Bench

Justice McCormack discusses the benefits to judges using social media including communicating with other judges across the state and effectively sharing information with the public.

Jan 16, 2018

The Skillsets Involved in Arguing Supreme Court Cases

Justice Kurtis Wilder shares what it’s like to argue cases in the Supreme Court and the different skillsets involved.

Jan 16, 2018

The Tomasik Exoneration Part 2

Takura Nyamfukudza, Mary Chartier, and Dennis and Kim Tomasik about the details of their wrongful imprisonment case.

Jan 16, 2018

The Tomasik Exoneration Part 1

JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to Kris and Marty Tieber, the attorneys who helped reconstruct the Tomasik case and free Dennis Tomasik.

Jan 16, 2018

An Overview of the 2017 NEXT Conference

Samantha Meinke talks about the 2017 Next Conference including what’s new and what opportunities are available for attendees.

Jan 16, 2018

Exploring the Tension Between Lawyers and the Media with ABC’s Dan Abrams

ABC’s Dan Abrams discusses the tension between lawyers and the media, finding unbiased jurors, and how this tension affected the Casey Anthony case.

Jan 16, 2018

Teaser: Introducing the State Bar of Michigan’s “On Balance” Podcast

Janet Welch helps Tish Vincent and JoAnn Hathaway introduce “On Balance,” which premieres this week on Legal Talk Network and delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing life as a lawyer.

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JoAnn Hathaway

JoAnn Hathaway is the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Michigan. With a multifaceted background,...

Molly Ranns

Molly Ranns is program director for the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program at the State Bar of...


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