Planet Lex is a series of conversations about the law, law and society, law and technology, and the future of legal education and practice. In other words, a bunch of interesting stuff about the law.
Planet Lex is a series of conversations about the law, law and society, law and technology, and the future of legal education and practice. In other words, a bunch of interesting stuff about the law.
Hear how technology can help attorneys, legally speaking, with two of the top legal technology experts. Authors and lawyers, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell host this Legal Talk Network show.
Rank #1: What Lawyers Should Know About Drones.
Are drones a relevant technology for lawyers? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about drones, how they affect the legal market, and the opportunities they create for lawyers. They also discuss a lawyer’s ethical duty of competence and what it means to understand the technology involved in your cases. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends. This episode features an audience question about what technology enables lawyers to work from home. If you have your own technology questions, the new Dennis and Tom’s Tech Question Hotline is up and running! Call 720-441-6820 for the answers to all your tech inquiries. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.
Rank #2: How to Teach Lawyers About Legal Technology.
There are lots of good ways for lawyers to learn about technology, but what’s the best way? In this Kennedy Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the most effective ways to introduce technology to lawyers. They also discuss what makes a successful technology conference including lecture styles and necessary topics to cover. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends. This episode features an audience question about how to propose updates to senior partners and how to justify the expense. If you have your own technology questions, call Dennis and Tom’s Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for the answers to all your tech inquiries. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.
Legal Talk Network On the Road covers the latest conferences, bar meetings, industry events, and trade shows. Recorded live from the conference room floor, our hosts interview bar presidents, committee and section chairs, and other leaders to offer an exclusive look at the biggest events in legal, as well as what is on the horizon for those who practice law.
Rank #1: Clio Cloud 2019: Jack Newton.
On The Road host Laurence Colletti sits down with Clio co-founder Jack Newton to discuss his keynote address at the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference. Jack’s theme for this year’s address, “Thrive,” was a two-dimensional approach to innovation focused on greater productivity and exceptional client experience. Clio works to provide the core tech law firms need to improve performance, provide easier connections with clients, and increase access to legal services. Laurence and Jack also talk through Clio’s latest innovations and future goals. Jack Newton is co-founder of Clio, one of the pioneers of cloud-based practice management. Special thanks to Clio for sponsoring this episode.
Rank #2: ABA TECHSHOW 2019: Get Your Mobile Ninja On - Top iOS Tips, Apps, and Gear.
Lawyers are constantly on the go and need to get the most out of their iPhones. In this On The Road episode at ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, host Laurence Colletti talks to Brett Burney and Jeffrey Richardson about their top tips for lawyers on iOS, apps, and gear. If you missed their TECHSHOW presentation, tune in for a quick rundown! Brett Burney is principal of Burney Consultants LLC, and focuses the bulk of his time on bridging the chasm between the legal and technology frontiers of electronic discovery. Jeff Richardson is a partner in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP.
Managing your law practice can be challenging. Marketing, time management, attracting clients and all the things (besides the cases) that you need to do, but aren't billable. Welcome to this edition of "the Un-Billable Hour" ...the law practice advisory podcast! This is where you'll get the information you need from expert guests and host - Attorney Rodney Dowell.
Rank #1: Favorite Law Practice Management Tips for A Successful 2010.
In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Reid Trautz, Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Practice and Professionalism Center and Dan Pinnington, Director of practicePro at the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company, to provide essential tips for lawyers to run a successful practice. Later in the program, special guest, founder of AbacusLaw and author, Attorney Judd Kessler will discuss the advantages of using a case management software program in your law office.
Rank #2: Finding Clients for your New Practice.
A new attorney right out of law school or a lawyer going solo is often met with the challenge of finding new clients. In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Erik Mazzone, Director of the Center for Practice Management at North Carolina Bar Association, to offer tips on how to find clients for your new practice. Rodney and Erik will discuss the referral network, the power of social networking and ultimately the importance of relationships.
Hosted by digital marketers Gyi Tsakalakis and Kelly Street, Lunch Hour Legal Marketing is jam packed with tips and tricks for attracting more clients and business to your legal practice. Tune in monthly for expert advice to turbocharge your firm’s ability to generate cash money.
Rank #1: The Expertise Effect: How Getting Narrow Can Grow Your Practice.
Almost every lawyer wants to command higher rates, attract more clients, and increase his or her profile in the marketplace. However, many are unable to achieve these objectives because they are stuck pursuing ineffective strategies – or no strategy at all. In this presentation, Jay Harrington will provide some tips on how to develop more business by establishing a niche legal practice. “Getting narrow” is more important than ever as, in all aspects of today’s economy, consumers are trending toward specialization. Consumers of legal services are no different. They are no longer looking for lawyers with broad skill sets and general knowledge, but rather are seeking out specialists with very particular knowledge in narrow industries and practice area sub-specialties. Jay will discuss niching strategy and issues such as: Why it’s important to carve out a niche Why lawyers with niche practices develop more business more easily, and command higher rates How to pick a profitable and sustainable area of specialty Jay will also discuss how to market your niche practice through various thought leadership and content marketing initiatives.
Rank #2: Digital Marketing: Content is King.
How can lawyers make their online content more visible for prospective clients? In this episode of Lunch Hour Legal Marketing, hosts Gyi Tsakalakis and Kelly Street talk to Dave Chaffey about how lawyers can implement technology for digital marketing. Prospective clients are drawn in by good online content, but the huge number of marketing technologies available may make the choice seem daunting. Kelly and Gyi get insight from Dave on how lawyers can prioritize the tech that will serve them best. Dave Chaffey is co-founder of SmartInsights.com, an online publisher and learning platform which helps marketers get the most from their digital marketing.
ABA Journal: Asked and Answered features top of the industry guests discussing various legal topics.
Rank #1: Is it worth the risk to hire lawyers from a failing firm?.
Rank #2: What you don’t learn about trial work in law school (podcast with transcript).
Welcome to the Robert Half Legal Report, where we discuss current issues impacting the legal profession related to hiring, staff management and more, with leading experts in the field. Robert Half Legal provides Lawyers, Paralegals, and support staff to law firms and corporate legal departments on a project and full-time basis. The Robert Half Legal Report is here, on the Legal Talk Network
Rank #1: eDiscovery: Practical Tips for Maintaining Control: Part Two.
In part two of this two-part series on The Robert Half Legal Report, Dawn Antonelli, district director for Robert Half Legal, welcomes Attorney Charles Volkert, Executive Director of Robert Half Legal and Joel Wuesthoff, Director of Protiviti Inc., to continue the discussion on how to maximize control over the e-discovery process. They discuss how to keep costs in check, what problems to avoid and questions to ask potential vendors during the selection process.
Rank #2: Tips to Take Your Legal Career to New Heights in 2018.
Looking to re-energize your legal career, increase your marketability or boost your earning potential in 2018? In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorneys Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal and Billie Moliere, a district president with the company, discuss the latest hiring trends and the hottest practice areas driving demand for attorneys, paralegals and legal support professionals. They offer tips and proven strategies -- including how to enhance your resume, build a professional brand, make a lateral move and boost your networking efforts -- to jumpstart your legal career in a dynamic job market.
Welcome to Digital Detectives. We'll discuss computer forensics, electronic discovery and information security issues and what's really happening in the trenches. It's not theory, but practical information that you can use in your law practice on the Legal Talk Network.
Rank #1: Rule 37(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Changes for ESI Preservation and Spoliation.
In 2006, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure rule-makers developed and put into practice amendments dealing with electronically stored information (ESI) and e-discovery. However, most of those involved believed these amendments did not adequately deal with lost or missing ESI or "the spoliation issue." In 2014 the rule-makers proposed Rule 37(e), which deals with the issue of spoliation equally across all federal courts, resolving the issue of inherent authority, or judges making decisions individually for each case. What are these changes and how will they affect the way businesses deal with e-discovery and data preservation? In this episode of The Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview ESI preservation expert James Kurz about how Rule 37(e) works and what the consequences are for the future of ESI preservation. Kurz explains that the rule, which only deals with ESI, proposes a three part test before considering spoliation issues: the ESI should have been preserved in the anticipation or conduct of litigation and is lost, the ESI was lost because the party failed to take reasonable steps to preserve the information, and the missing information cannot be restored or replaced with additional discovery. If this test is passed, the federal court may then impose remedies, or if intention is proved, order more serious sanctions. He explains that Rule 37(e) will make a more homogenous legal process for e-discovery, and will solve some of the controversy surrounding the costs of ESI preservation and e-discovery for businesses. Although the rule faces the Judicial Court, Supreme Court, and then Congress, Kurz believes it will go through and be effective in December 2015. James Kurz is a partner in the Alexandria VA law firm of Redmon, Peyton and Braswell LLP. His practice focuses on business litigation, including computer, software, and communications technologies cases. He also has an emphasis in the challenge of electronic discovery and the issues of information governance and co-wrote the white paper "The Long-Awaited Proposed FRCP Rule 37(e), Its Workings and Its Guidance for ESI Preservation." Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRoom.
Rank #2: The Implications of NSA Surveillance for Lawyers.
Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA surveillance have been a hot topic in the media for the last few months. But what do lawyers, specifically, need to worry about? The answer is: a lot. On this edition of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek take the stage and examine NSA surveillance as it relates to lawyers. Tune in for an overview of Snowden and the NSA surveillance controversy, how effective (or ineffective) encrypting data is, whether the surveillance is having a chilling effect on lawyers, how to abide by the Model Rules of Professionalism 1.6, and an answer to the underlying question - has George Orwell’s dystopia, 1984, arrived a few decades late?
The Boston University School of Law Podcasts bring a special series of interviews with BU Law Professors and Thought Leaders. The show is hosted by BU Law Alum and WBZ Radio host Dan Rea.
Rank #1: Constitutional Interpretation.
In this edition of the Boston University School of Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes an expert on constitutional law, theory and interpretation, Professor James E. Fleming to discuss his new book, Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions. Dan & Professor Fleming will discuss constitutional interpretation, who is qualified to interpret the Constitution and partisan approaches to constitutional interpretation.
Rank #2: The Odd Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, and throughout history, legal provisions like the First Amendment and Second Amendment have taken center stage. But what about the lesser-known parts of our Constitution? In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host David Yas, a BU Law alum, former publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth, welcomes law professor and humorist Jay Wexler to discuss his new book, The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of its Most Curious Provisions. In a wide-ranging conversation, they touch on constitutional oddities such as the Titles of Nobility Clause and the Letters of Marque Clause, and discuss instances where these long-ignored provisions have suddenly become headline news after decades or centuries in hibernation.
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.
Rank #1: Beating the drum for change.
When Ralph Baxter joined the inaugural class of Legal Rebels in 2009, he was the CEO and chairman of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Just a year into the biggest recession since the Great Depression, he caught the ABA Journal’s attention through his initiatives that took Orrick from a domestic, California-based firm to an international heavyweight while navigating economic turbulence. Since leaving the firm in 2013—after 23 years as chairman–he has gone on to consult with law firms looking to improve their business and service models, sit on the board of LegalZoom and run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from West Virginia in 2018. In this episode, he speaks with the ABA Journal’s Jason Tashea about where the profession has been and where he thinks it’s headed. Special thanks to our sponsor, Answer1 and Thomson Reuters Westlaw Edge.
Rank #2: John Suh sees LegalZoom's job as fixing a 'failed' legal system.
"We didn't start out to be disruptive," says John Suh, LegalZoom's chief executive officer. "We were set up to fix a problem. The legal system was broken and too many people were frozen out of it." For Suh, the main goal of LegalZoom continues to be providing access to the legal system for millions of Americans who can't afford an attorney and do not qualify for free legal services. "So much of our legal system is focused on BigLaw or access to justice for those below the poverty line," says Suh. "What about the 84 percent or so of people between that? For them, the system really has failed." What Suh has done during his tenure as CEO is transform the company from a do-it-yourself outfit into one that has partnered with lawyers. "The perception that we're an online legal company with no human lawyers is just not true," says Suh. "Over the last five years, we've embraced lawyers and become quite adept with working with them." There have been over 200,000 one-on-one consultations between LegalZoom customers and lawyers licensed in their respective states, he says.
Treatises, case law, Google…. what do they have in common? When you need answers, none of these will get you started faster than walking down the hall to chat with an expert. Down the Hall with Practical Law will host a panel of law firm and in-house law department leaders as well as Practical Law's editorial team that will feature plain English "What do I really need to know?" discussions and insights on trending legal topics. No legalese; just expertise.
Rank #1: Competitor Communications: Navigating the Gray Areas.
Trade associations, competitive research, HR activities . . . outside of the expected dangers in the merger and joint venture context, regular business dealings involving information about competitor activities are rife with potential for antitrust violations. And the “rule of reason” approach taken by the FTC and DOJ can sometimes complicate, rather than clarify, appropriate conduct. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, Antitrust Service Head Janelle Wrigley discusses how to safely navigate the gray areas relating to interacting with competitors and gathering competitive information.
Rank #2: Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can’t Afford to Make.
This episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law features Practical Law Startup & Venture Capital Senior Legal Editor Joe Green discussing common legal mistakes made by startup companies. Joe talks about his background working with tech startups and his current role creating legal know-how for practitioners advising startup companies. After setting the stage by defining what he considers a "startup," he provides insights into why many startup companies fail. Joe covers what startups can do if a co-founder decides to leave early on and the benefits and potential pitfalls of providing equity compensation to employees. He closes the interview with his list of the three things that anyone representing startups should know and the best piece of advice that he’s ever been given.
Our new monthly podcast features the editor-in-chief of Law Technology News, Monica Bay, interviewing key experts of the legal technology community, about top issues confronting the legal profession. If it's tech, it's a potential topic — from e-discovery to network infrastructure; from creating courtroon graphics to launching "green law" programs. Each month, Ms. Bay will bring LTN's pages alive with brisk, incisive discussion of today's top trends and developments
Rank #1: Bombs Away: Erasing Information in the Big Data Era.
In this April edition of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay, editor-in-chief of ALM’s Law Technology News, joins Barclay Blair, founder of ViaLumina an information governing consulting service, to talk about the idea of digital data being erased. We know that simply putting it in the trash can on our desktop isn’t enough, but can it be done? They will also discuss mobile apps which claim they immediately erase data like Snapchat: Does this data actually self destruct? And is using apps like this a liability in court because it looks like there is something to hide?
Rank #2: The Influences and Advantages of Legal Tech.
Young lawyers often seek examples of successful attorneys in their prospective field to get an understanding of the path and work ethic required to be advance. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks with LegalMosaic CEO Mark Cohen about his work history, how tech is transforming the delivery of legal services, and what he sees on the horizon for 2017. Mark A. Cohen is the CEO of LegalMosaic, a legal business consulting company, a Distinguished Lecturer of Law at Georgetown University, and a regular contributor to Forbes.
The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology is a podcast hosted by Sharon Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises, and Jim Calloway, Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program. Each month, Nelson and Calloway invite noted legal technologists, authors, and lecturers to address a different topic related to lawyers and technology.
Rank #1: Tips and Tricks for Lawyers Using PowerPoint in Trial Presentations.
Many attorneys now use PowerPoint in trial to preview, highlight, and sum up the evidence for their arguments and organize their presentations. Effective PowerPoints garner the attention of court personnel and jury members and enhance their overall presentation. However, ineffective PowerPoints can be confusing, difficult to read, or distract the audience from the presentation's overall objective. Attorney and legal technology consultant Paul Unger argues that only with the proper skills and learning can a lawyer create an informative and engaging PowerPoint presentation that will be a useful tool in the courtroom. In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview Unger about the best practices in using PowerPoint in the courtroom. Unger emphasizes simplicity, professionalism, and making PowerPoint a tool that reinforces the content rather than providing it. According to research Unger has done, audiences who are distracted by bullet points and excess text are unlikely to remember much of the slide's content or even the presenting lawyer's main point. He recommends that the PowerPoint slides provide only headlines and pictures that are held together by the attorney's narrative. Unger's experience in PowerPoint and legal technology comes from being an attorney and founding principal of Affinity Consulting Group, a nationwide consulting company providing legal technology consulting, continuing legal education, and training. He specializes in trial presentation and litigation technology, document and case management, and paperless office strategies. To learn more, pick up a copy of his book, PowerPoint in One Hour for Lawyers, at the ABA bookstore. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.
Rank #2: Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer.
In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview law firm consultant Britt Lorish about today’s speech recognition and dictation solutions, added benefits of current dictation software, common misconceptions about Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and the best microphones and apps to consider. Lorish explains that most lawyers who use dictation have embraced digital recording and filing, but many lawyers are still wary of using speech recognition softwares due to previous bad experiences. She talks about using softwares from dictation vendors like Philips, BigHand, and Winscribe in the cloud, and how Dragon is lagging in cloud-based usability. Additionally, Lorish discusses custom commands, a system of automating commonly-used commands like adding a signature block, opening a document template, or inserting standard client/attorney language. These speech solutions, Lorish says, can greatly help lawyers with disabilities, those who type slowly, and can even help younger lawyers improve oral argument abilities.
In-House Legal covers a variety of issues pertinent to the general counsel and in-house legal departments of small, mid-size, and large companies. Host Randy Milch, former general counsel for Verizon, discusses the latest developments, trends, and best practices for this very busy and often complicated area of law. Hear from top legal minds, industry experts, and other special guests on topics like ethical duties, corporate governance, employment law, and management.
Rank #1: CVS Thomas Moriarty on Whether Law Firm Experience is Needed for General Counsel.
As new lawyers enter the legal marketplace it can be challenging trying to decide which job opportunities are best to gain the professional experience needed to advance one’s career. In this episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch talks with CVS Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel Thomas Moriarty about his current role, his occupational journey, and whether the experience of working for a law firm is vital for attorneys striving to be in-house counsel. Thomas Moriarty is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for CVS Health.
Rank #2: Skills for Success as a General Counsel.
In this episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch interviews Mark Roellig, General Counsel of MassMutual, about the skills lawyers need to go in-house or become a general counsel, how to properly manage an in-house team of attorneys, and why diversity is important in business. Roellig explains that lawyers seeking a general counsel job need to gain legal experience above and beyond their current position in addition to the knowledge of business, communication, and other non-legal skills. He discusses how to choose the right team of employees, make sure your department adds value to the company, and the proper way to achieve success with diversity. Tune in to learn how to lead a corporate legal department successfully.
Welcome to The Chicago Bar Association’s @theBar, a podcast where young and young-ish lawyers have interesting and unscripted conversations with their guests about legal news, events, topics, stories and whatever else strikes our fancy.
Rank #1: The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy.
American serial killer and rapist, John Wayne Gacy, Jr., became notorious for the mass murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the late 1970s. December 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the mass grave beneath his home, which shocked the American public and shattered the image of the safe suburban community. This episode provides a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown” by William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor who took him on and sent him to his eventual execution. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
Rank #2: The Fear and Loathing in the Law Edition.
In this edition, Brian Cuban, attorney, best-selling author, and brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, discusses his latest book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption, which details his struggles with substance abuse and recovery. Brian reveals how his life-long struggle with low self-esteem and depression led to substance dependency, destroyed his legal career and caused his life to spiral out of control. Brian shares his advice on how the legal community can address its epidemic of substance abuse and his hope to inspire other struggling lawyers.
The ESI Report with Michele Lange from Kroll Ontrack has the latest information about e-discovery technologies to help lawyers manage electronic evidence accurately and cost effectively in a fast changing legal world.
Rank #1: A Day in the Life of an E-discovery Case Manager.
E-discovery is an intricate and complicated process where law and technology intersect to find solutions to complex litigation challenges. Lawyers and legal professionals going through the e-discovery process are often overwhelmed with data and information in varying systems in different stages of technological advancement. From millions of documents to tight production deadlines, no one understands the realities of the e-discovery frenzy better than an e-discovery case manager. On this episode of The ESI Report, Michele Lange interviews Joe Edlund and Matt Samet, two e-discovery case managers from Kroll Ontrack. Edlund explains that it is the job of a case manager to establish a working relationship with the lawyer, including training on the data software, explaining data sets and performance, helping to make deadlines, and generally decreasing stress. Samet describes some of the benefits to the legal professional of having an e-discovery case manager. They are able to see the client from beginning to end and organize data recovery systems, identify response documents, and be proactive about potential issues. Through an open and communicative relationship with engineers and project level support, case managers are able to make the hectic process of e-discovery easier and more manageable. Stick around to the end for a fun quiz about job descriptions. Joe Edlund is a Kroll Ontrack case manager who partners with law firms and corporate clients to provide sound advice and best practices in connection with e-discovery management. Matt Samet has experience as a case manager and is also a portfolio manager at Kroll Ontrack, also providing clients with e-discovery solutions. Special thanks to our sponsor Kroll Ontrack.
Rank #2: ESI Trends, Technology & Document Retention Obligations.
On this edition of The ESI Report, host Gina Jytyla, Managing Staff Attorney in the Legal Technologies division at Kroll Ontrack welcomes Alex Buck, Discovery and Technology Counsel for Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, Dave Walton, a Member in Cozen O’Connor’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s E-Discovery Task Force, and Jason Straight, Vice President of Legal Technologies Business Development for Kroll Ontrack, to discuss findings and best practices from the Fourth Annual ESI Trends Report published by Kroll Ontrack. In the Bits & Bytes Legal Analysis segment, Kroll Ontrack Legal Correspondent Kelly Kubacki looks at the recent case of Voom HD Holdings v. Echostar Satellite.