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Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

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Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

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Cool podcast, it's a break from my regular podcasts....Matt is my favorite!!!

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12 Ratings
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Interesting

By Ritz077 - Apr 15 2015
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Cool podcast, it's a break from my regular podcasts....Matt is my favorite!!!

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Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

Geoffrey the Giraffe, Supreme Court & Online Sales Taxes

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case this term that could have provided some clarity to the bewildering array on jurisdictions and taxes involved with online sales.

Will the move lead to action by the states or Congress, or the potential for even greater confusion?

Matthew Hunsaker of Baker Botts discusses.

Jan 24 2017

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Are You High? Marijuana Laws & the Employer Drug Testing Haze

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Marijuana use is now legal in dozens of states.  But laws vary considerably.  Is it medicinal use?  Recreational?  Do federal laws still take precedence?  What are employers’ rights to screen to marijuana use?  What are employees’ rights in jurisdictions where marijuana use is legal?

Elizabeth Levine with Ghoulston & Storrs’ labor & employment practice provides some guidance through the hazy legal landscape for employers.       

Apr 03 2018

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The Power of Listening to Customers - World Bicycle Relief - Vantage EMEA Keynote

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A bicycle is fun, but how can it help global poverty, economic development and health care?

The day two keynote at Vantage EMEA in London for Elite had little to do with legal technology and practice management.  Or did it?

It had everything to do with the importance of listening to customers, of applying sound business principles, and how sometimes the simplest solutions can be the most impactful.

F.K. Day is founder of SRAM Corporation, one of the world's largest bicycle component suppliers, including to Tour de France teams.

He is also co-founder and president of World Bicycle Relief and explains how business principles are helping some of the world's most pressing needs.

Sep 28 2016

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A Day in the Life of a KM Attorney - Morgan Lewis

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Silvia A. LeBlanc of Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia discusses how the firm uses knowledge management and practice innovation, to collaborate with team members across Morgan Lewis’s global network and ensure they take full advantage of resources. She maps legal processes, creates productivity tools, and conducts training sessions that promote a culture of quality and consistency across matters.

Aug 31 2017

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Smarter Law: transforming busy lawyers into business leaders

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Law firms are under pressure from many quarters these days – from clients to demonstrate greater value and cost efficiency, from competitors such as legal process outsourcing, as well as from other law firms.

Trevor Faure, head of Smarter Law Solutions and former head of global legal services at EY, says lawyers need to take into consideration everything from emotional intelligence to artificial intelligence as they transform their firms as both legal practices and business entities.

Faure’s new book, Smarter Law: transforming busy lawyers into business leaders, can drive greater law firm performance.

Faure will be speaking on a global Smarter Law tour of New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, London, Paris & Singapore during April-June 2019. Events include dedicated workshops and annual events of ACC and National Bar Association. Full details at smarterlawsolutions.com/news  

Apr 08 2019

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ILTACON 2016: AI, Smart Contracts, Blockchains & More

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What are some of the disruptive technologies facing the legal industry?  Ron Friedman of Fireman & Co. led a session on “When Will Blockchains and Smart Contracts Be Important in Legal?”  He and Eric Laughlin, managing director, Legal Managed Services, Thomson Reuters, sat down to discuss,

Aug 30 2016

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Pragmatic Social Media for Solo & Small Law Firms

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This year, more than half of Americans will use Facebook.  More than 360 million people are members of LinkedIn.  If you're not using social media to help promote your practice, you may be missing on an important channel for reaching prospective clients. 

A new white paper from FindLaw, "From Novelty to Necessity: Pragmatic Social Media for Law Firms". discusses the real impact that social media can have on an attorney's brand.  A recent FindLaw survey found that consumers are likely to hire an attorney who has an active presence on social media.

Sean Sands, a digital marketing experts, discusses how social media can benefit solo and small law firms.

Sep 14 2016

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How Do Small & Solo Law Firms View Success? The State of the US Small Law Firms Study

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Managing a successful solo or small law practice means overcoming many challenges. These days, running a small practice requires many skills in addition to being a good lawyer: one often also needs to be a project manager, technologist, marketer and small business expert.

The State of the US Small Law Firms Study surveyed more than 300 solo and small law firm leaders to find out how they define success, their challenges and what the most successful firms are doing to develop and execute winning strategies.

In this podcast, we discuss the survey findings and what it reveals about the world of today’s solo and small law firm with Karl Florida, managing director, small law firms, Thomson Reuters; and Bob Ambrogi, practicing solo attorney, ABA Journal columnist and creator of the LawSites blog.

Here are some of Bob’s previous discussions of the Small Law Firms study

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/07/this-week-in-legal-tech-exclusive-results-of-a-new-small-firm-survey/

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/07/exclusive-survey-results-small-firms-greatest-challenges-theyre-address.html

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/08/exclusive-survey-results-small-firms-measure-success.html

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/08/exclusive-survey-results-small-firms-implementing-new-technology.html

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/09/this-week-in-legal-tech-survey-sheds-light-on-how-solos-differ/

Jan 05 2017

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Special Podcast Series: Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure Marks 50 Years of Publication – episode 2: The Evolution & Future of Class Actions

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Class action lawsuits have undergone many changes in recent years as a result of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Episode 2 of our special podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure discusses those changes as well as the future of class action cases. 

Federal Practice & Procedure is one of the most respected and enduring legal treatises.  The treatise has been cited in federal court an astounding 90,000 times, according to Westlaw estimates, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court every year since 1973.

In this second episode, Professor Arthur Miller, founding author of the treatise, talks with Professor Mary Kay Kane, Emerita Dean and Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California-Hastings.  Prof. Kane is also co-author of fourteen volumes of Federal Practice & Procedure, including those that cover class actions.

Professors Miller and Kane discuss the evolution of class action lawsuits and the challenges facing the class action system as it tries address new problems such as the opioid crisis. 

Thomson Reuters is presenting this special podcast series throughout 2019 featuring Prof. Miller with leading legal scholars and thought leaders as they explore the issues and challenges facing attorneys practicing before the federal judiciary.

Jun 25 2019

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The Estate Strikes Back - Deceased Stars, Star Wars & Posthumous Rights

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On Jan. 26, 1997, many homes across America were tuned-in to Super Bowl XXXI. While much of the game itself may be a blur, most people who watched that night likely remember one image from that night: Hollywood legend Fred Astaire, who had died nearly a decade before, dancing with an electric broom in a vacuum commercial. While many people were fixated on how the ad was created, some – including members of Astaire’s family – took issue with bringing the legendary performer “back from the dead.”

Now 20 years later, a new film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, puts a new spin on the debate in part because, unlike the brief appearance of Astaire in the vacuum ad, the new Star Wars film demonstrates that actors, can quite literally, return to the screen forever.

But what are legal ramifications to these posthumous performances, and how are today’s actors prepping for this future?

Join us for the latest Legal Current podcast, where we are joined by Brad Cohen, partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell in Los Angeles, where we break this down.

And be warned… there will be spoilers.

Feb 09 2017

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SCOTUS v. Federal Circuit?

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As the Supreme Court prepares to open its 2017-2018 term, all eyes will on the docket to see which cases the high court decides to take up.  In recent years, the Court has been taking an increased focus on IP cases.  Wayne Stacy of Baker Botts says his analysis reveals that this is part of the Court’s growing scrutiny of the Federal Circuit Courts. 

Sep 28 2017

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Will the Supreme Court Legalize Sports Gambling?

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The Supreme Court, in deciding Christie v. NCAA, could open the door for legalized sports gambling across the U.S.  What are the odds?  What would be the impact on professional sports?

Glen Rothstein of Rothstein Law tackles the issue

Feb 06 2018

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Antitrust Under Trump

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Developments this week in two mega-mergers are raising questions about what the Trump administration’s approach to corporate mergers.  T-Mobile and Sprint announced plans to merge after similar plans were benched in 2014 over concerns the Obama administration would oppose the merger.  And closing arguments were held in the Justice Department’s antitrust trial seeking to block the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger.

Mark Ostrau, head of the antitrust group with Fenwick & West discusses what may lie ahead for anti-trust in the Trump administration.

May 01 2018

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Where in Knowledge Management Headed? KM with Kim, episode 3

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Where is Knowledge Management headed?  How will AI and Big Data impact Knowledge Management?  In this edition of "KM with Kim," Kim Stein, national KM manager for Thomson Reuters explores the future of Knowledge Management.

Sep 01 2016

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Document Automation – Workflow Strategies for Competitive Firms

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Geoff Goldberg, Manager of Contract Express Service and Support for Thomson Reuters, recently moderated a panel about document automation hosted by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute at Legalweek 2018 in New York. Titled “Document Automation – Workflow Strategies for Competitive firms”, Goldberg and panelists discussed how firms can use document automation to meet client expectations for more innovative practices and greater efficiency; all with the end goals to provide higher-quality service at a lower cost and in less time. In this podcast conversation with Legal Current, Goldberg provides a big-picture overview of why document drafting is so critical to the value proposition of all law firms and how the automation of that process is becoming a bigger competitive advantage in the changing legal landscape

Mar 06 2018

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Trump, the Presidency & the History of Executive Orders

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President Trump signed more executive orders in his first 100 days in office than any US President since World War II.  

Ronald D. Rotunda, a U.S. legal scholar and professor of law at Chapman University School of Law, discusses the history of Presidential executive orders.

Nov 07 2017

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Are You Making Mistakes With Your Employee Performance Reviews

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Employee Performance Reviews run the gamut from helpful to the subject of Dilbert-esque scron and ridicule.  Leigh Goodard, co-chair of the employment law practice at McDonald Carano, warns that fail to make sure their performance reviews are conducted properly, employers may be exposed to potential legal problems. 

Sep 04 2018

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Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

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Free wi-fi is widely available and tempting to use, especially when traveling.  Hotels, airports, coffee shops, even NYC subway stations provide it. 

But the dangers of public wi-fi are many-fold.  Not only are they hunting grounds for hackers, but a new report from security firm FireEye claims a Russian hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, used hotel Wi-Fi networks to spy on high-value guests.

While use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can safeguard against unsafe wi-fi networks, recent bans of VPNs by Russia and China further complicate matters. 

Bob Braun with Jeffer Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, says when using any public wi-fi, you are inherently at risk.

Oct 09 2017

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INSIGHTS FROM THE EDGE EPISODE 2: THE MEANING OF AI FOR LEGAL RESEARCH

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Insights from the Edge

This podcast series brings you the latest legal trends and topics as Insight Attorneys sit down with industry experts to discuss hot legal topics. Explore our latest topics to stay informed.

Episode 2: The Meaning of AI for Legal Research

Many legal professionals currently use artificial intelligence (AI) in their work, although they may not even realize it. To begin our discussion on what AI means for legal researchers, it’s important to have a common definition of artificial intelligence and understand how it differs from other types of technology. In this podcast, we will also tackle the pressing questions that most legal professions want to know – how will AI change the work of attorneys and what are the benefits of using AI tools?

Get the inside scoop on the meaning of AI for legal researchers from Rachel Beithon, Insight Attorney and David Curle, Director of Technology and Innovation Platform at the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.

Insights Attorneys – a new era in legal research support

Our tradition of excellence set by our Reference Attorneys has evolved to the next level of support. To ensure that Westlaw Edge customers get the most out of your subscription, we have a team of Insight Attorneys that are uniquely trained on analytics, artificial intelligence, and big data to assist you with your research needs. Learn more.

Aug 14 2018

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Abraham Lincoln, Hurricane Katrina & the False Claims Act

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In November, Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., United States ex rel. Rigsby, a case involving the False Claims Act and misclassified claims after Hurricane Katrina.  This case is important as litigation under the False Claims Act has grown remarkably in recent years. It also is relevant that the False Claims Act, which dates back to the Civil War, and provides for treble damages, mandatory minimum penalties, and recovery of costs, including attorney¹s fees, making successful litigation quite lucrative. Government Contractors have complained bitterly about what they regard as unduly lax applications of the statute by the lower courts.

Brian Markovitz of Joseph Greenwald & Laake discusses the intersection of Hurricane Katrina, Abraham Lincoln and the so-called “Lincoln Law”.

Mar 20 2017

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Interview, part 2 - Special Podcast Series: Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure Marks 50 Years of Publication – episode 5

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Episode 5 of our special podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure continues the discussion between Prof. Arthur Miller, founding author of the treatise, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, including her thoughts on what it’s like to argue a case before the High Court with her perspectives and experience on both sides of the bench.

Professor Miller and Justice Ginsburg discuss the Justice’s views on what makes for an effective argument before the Court, how lawyers can write more effective briefs, and how Justice Ginsburg feels about the recent RBG documentary on her life.

In the previous episode –the first of the two-part discussion -- Professor Miller and Justice Ginsburg discussed their overlapping journeys in the law, first as classmates at Harvard Law School, as attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court, and in their current roles, respectively, as law school professor and supreme court justice.

Federal Practice & Procedure is one of the most respected and enduring legal treatises. The treatise has been cited by federal courts an astounding 90,000 times, according to Westlaw estimates, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court every year since 1973.

Thomson Reuters is presenting this special podcast series throughout 2019 featuring Professor Miller with leading legal scholars and thought leaders as they explore the issues and challenges facing attorneys practicing before the federal judiciary.

Nov 04 2019

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Special Podcast Series: Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure Marks 50 Years of Publication – episode 4: A Discussion with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, part 1

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The law and the courts have undergone many changes over the years.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses what she believes is “the most heartening change” in the legal profession.

Episode 4 of our special podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure is a discussion between Prof. Arthur Miller, founding author of the treatise, and Justice Ginsburg.

In this first of a two-part discussion, Professor Miller and Justice Ginsburg discuss their overlapping journeys in the law, first as classmates at Harvard Law School, as attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court, and in their current roles, respectively, as law school professor and supreme court justice.

Federal Practice & Procedure is one of the most respected and enduring legal treatises.  The treatise has been cited by federal courts an astounding 90,000 times, according to Westlaw estimates, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court every year since 1973.

Thomson Reuters is presenting this special podcast series throughout 2019 featuring Professor Miller with leading legal scholars and thought leaders as they explore the issues and challenges facing attorneys practicing before the federal judiciary.

The upcoming final episode of the series will feature a continuation of the discussion between Professor Miller and Justice Ginsburg including the Justice’s views on what makes for an effective argument before the Court, and how she feels about the recent RBG documentary on her life.

Oct 08 2019

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NFL v. Antonio Brown

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The Antonio Brown saga continues to spawn new revelations.  On the heels of the NFL initiating an investigation into allegations of sexual assault stemming from a civil lawsuit filed by Brown's former personal trainer, an attorney representing a painter commissioned by Brown  has asked the NFL to investigate allegations of additional sexual misconduct as well as threats and initimidation. 

The NFL and New England Patriots initially did not take any disciplinary action following these and other disclosures of allegations of personal misconduct and legal issues.  

Sports attorney Glen Rothstein discusses the case against Brown and the workings of the NFL's disciplinary policy.  

Sep 20 2019

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Federal Practice & Procedure 50th Anniversary Episode 3 Evolution & Future of Jurisidiction & Pleadings

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The cases Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal still reverberate through the Federal court system for setting new standards for specificity and "plausibility" in pleadings. Similarly, cases such as World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson are still much discussed and debated for their impact on personal jurisdiction.

Episode 3 of our special podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure discusses the current state of pleadings and personal jurisdiction as they apply to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as what potentially lies ahead.

Federal Practice & Procedure is one of the most respected and enduring legal treatises. The treatise has been cited by federal courts an astounding 90,000 times, according to Westlaw estimates, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court every year since 1973.

In this third episode, Prof. Arthur Miller, founding author of the treatise, talks with Prof. Ben Spencer of the University of Virginia Law School and Prof. Adam Steinman of the University of Alabama Law School. They are co-authors of the volumes of Federal Practice & Procedure dealing with pleadings and personal jurisdiction, respectively,

Thomson Reuters is presenting this special podcast series throughout 2019 featuring Professor Miller with leading legal scholars and thought leaders as they explore the issues and challenges facing attorneys practicing before the federal judiciary.

Our upcoming episodes will feature a discussion between Prof. Arthur Miller and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, senior associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Sep 12 2019

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White Paper "Next Gen Leadership: Advancing Lawyers of Color

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The Next Gen Leadership: Advancing Lawyers of Color white paper provides insights from attorneys on how legal employers can help create opportunities for lawyers of color across the industry.

The white paper involved interviews with 23 attorneys of color across generations, ethnicities, geographic locations, and segments of the industry.

During these discussions, attorneys of color shared their insights and experiences.

Gary Zhao is a partner in SmithAmundsen LLC’s commercial litigation group and was previously a co-chair of SmithAmundsen’s diversity committee. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), is a past president of the Chinese American Bar Association and is the incoming President of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.

Gary talks about his experience as an attorney of color, and shares best practices for legal employers drawn from his experience.

Aug 12 2019

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VANTAGE and Legal Geek Conferences on Latest Legal Technologies

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Two legal software conferences were recently held on opposite coasts – in San Diego the 25th edition of the Elite VANTAGE Worldwide User Conference highlighted new software integrations, and in New York the Legal Geek conference showcased new applications of technology. At both conferences, Thomson Reuters shared their latest innovations and also enjoyed listening to customers describe what is needed from software in order to reach the next level of efficiency and productivity.

Brian Peccarelli, Thomson Reuters COO of customer markets and head of its Legal Professionals segment, Elizabet Hardy, Elite vice president, product management, and Irish McIntyre, lead of legal technology innovation discuss what they’re working on and trends they’re seeing in the industry.

Jul 02 2019

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Special Podcast Series: Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure Marks 50 Years of Publication – episode 2: The Evolution & Future of Class Actions

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Class action lawsuits have undergone many changes in recent years as a result of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Episode 2 of our special podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure discusses those changes as well as the future of class action cases. 

Federal Practice & Procedure is one of the most respected and enduring legal treatises.  The treatise has been cited in federal court an astounding 90,000 times, according to Westlaw estimates, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court every year since 1973.

In this second episode, Professor Arthur Miller, founding author of the treatise, talks with Professor Mary Kay Kane, Emerita Dean and Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California-Hastings.  Prof. Kane is also co-author of fourteen volumes of Federal Practice & Procedure, including those that cover class actions.

Professors Miller and Kane discuss the evolution of class action lawsuits and the challenges facing the class action system as it tries address new problems such as the opioid crisis. 

Thomson Reuters is presenting this special podcast series throughout 2019 featuring Prof. Miller with leading legal scholars and thought leaders as they explore the issues and challenges facing attorneys practicing before the federal judiciary.

Jun 25 2019

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2019 Elite VANTAGE User Conference Keynote

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The Elite VANTAGE 2019 Worldwide User Conference is underway in San Diego.  Thousands of elite cusomters are there to network, share learnings and hear about the latest developments at Elite

Eric Sugden, Elite chief technology officer, and Elizabet Hardy, Elite vice president, product management, talk about some of the exciting developments at Elite

Jun 18 2019

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Special Podcast Series: Prof. Arthur Miller on Federal Practice & Procedure Today – Episode 1: Building the Wright & Miller Treatise

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice & Procedure, one of the most respected and enduring legal treatises. The treatise has been cited in federal court an astounding 90,000 times, according to Westlaw estimates, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court every year since 1973.

Thomson Reuters presents a special podcast series throughout 2019 to mark the occasion. Professor Arthur Miller, founding author of the treatise, will sit down with leading legal scholars and thought leaders to explore the issues and challenges facing attorneys practicing before the federal judiciary.

In this first episode, we start off the series with a conversation between Prof. Miller and Jean Maess, vice president of editorial operations at Thomson Reuters, about how the duo of Professors Wright & Miller developed Federal Practice & Procedure.

Apr 29 2019

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So You Think You Can Carlton Dance?

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Know how to bust some sweet dance moves?  You might want to find a good attorney.

Epic Games, maker of Fortnite and NBA 2K has put the Carlton Dance into some of its video games, and the actor who portrayed Carlton on The Fresh Prince, Alfonso Ribeiro, is suing, saying Epic Games is unfairly profiting off of his signature move.

Who’s going to win this dance off between Carlton and Epic Games?  Fabio Marino is vice chair of the IP department at Polsinelli and joins us today. 

Apr 15 2019

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The Real Black Klansman - a Conversation with Ron Stallworth

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It’s a story almost too incredible to believe.  Ron Stallworth was the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department.  In 1978, he answered a classified ad and infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

His book, Black Klansman, race, hate and the undercover investigation of a lifetime is an incredible read, and was recently made into a movie directed by Spike Lee that recently won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Mr. Stallworth recently gave a Town Hall talk at Thomson Reuters and we were privileged to speak with Mr. Stallworth during his visit.

Apr 09 2019

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Smarter Law: transforming busy lawyers into business leaders

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Law firms are under pressure from many quarters these days – from clients to demonstrate greater value and cost efficiency, from competitors such as legal process outsourcing, as well as from other law firms.

Trevor Faure, head of Smarter Law Solutions and former head of global legal services at EY, says lawyers need to take into consideration everything from emotional intelligence to artificial intelligence as they transform their firms as both legal practices and business entities.

Faure’s new book, Smarter Law: transforming busy lawyers into business leaders, can drive greater law firm performance.

Faure will be speaking on a global Smarter Law tour of New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, London, Paris & Singapore during April-June 2019. Events include dedicated workshops and annual events of ACC and National Bar Association. Full details at smarterlawsolutions.com/news  

Apr 08 2019

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Can Technology Give Firms a Competitive Edge? Dynamic-Static Law Firm Report

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Technology is often touted as a game changer, a field-leveler, a way for firms to gain a competitive edge over other firms.

Marketing hype aside, is that really the case? 

The Legal Executive Institute’s Dynamic-Static Law Firm Report looked at Peer Monitor law firm data to see if use of technology helped firms perform better.

Bill Josten, the author of the report, discusses the findings. 

Feb 05 2019

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Competition for legal services is increasing as law firms compete with legal process outsourcing (LPO), the Big Four, increased use of inside counsel, and others.  In response, some firms are developing new approaches to meet client needs.  A few years ago, Fenwick & West rolled out FLEX by Fenwick to provide flexible solutions for interim in-house legal needs. 

Linda Netsch, general manager of FLEX, why the firm made the decision to start an “on-demand in-house legal counsel” offering, and how it has been working out for the firm and its clients.

Dec 19 2018

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Lawyers Without Borders

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Lawyers Without Borders is a not-for-profit whose mission is to promote rule of law around the world by leveraging and promoting pro bono service to meet the needs of the underserved, build capacity in justice sectors and support transitions and development aimed at protecting human rights, all with a neutral orientation.

Christina Storm, founder and executive director, spoke recently with Sharon Sayles-Belton, vice president of government affairs at Thomson Reuters.

Dec 13 2018

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Insights from the Edge, Episode 6: 5 Ways to Identify the Best AI for Legal Research

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Insights from the Edge

This podcast series brings you the latest legal trends and topics as Insight Attorneys sit down with industry experts to discuss hot legal topics. Explore our latest topics to stay informed.

Episode 6: 5 Ways to Identify the Best AI for Legal Research

As we continue to hear about artificial intelligence in our daily lives and in legal technology, it’s important to understand and evaluate what makes good AI. As legal professionals evaluate AI solutions for legal research, there are five critical questions they should be asking.

In this episode, Amy Pearson, Insight Attorney and Erik Lindberg, Senior Director of Westlaw Product Management dive into these five questions and explain how understanding these factors will help you confidently evaluate AI solutions for your legal research.

Dec 05 2018

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Your Autonomous Driving Uber is Here - But is the Law Ready for It?

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Autonomous ride hailing services are here – sort of.  Waymo this year launched a pilot ride hailing service using autonomous driving vehicles, and General Motors plans to test a similar service next year.  But with the launch of services has emerged a new set of legal issues, intensified by the death of a pedestrian in Arizona after being struck by an Uber test vehicle.

Is the law ready for autonomous ride hailing services?  Cynthia Cole and Travis Thomas of Baker Botts some of the gaps and unanswered questions in existing laws. 

Nov 12 2018

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INSIGHTS FROM THE EDGE EPISODE 5: The Importance of Early adoption

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Insights from the Edge

This podcast series brings you the latest legal trends and topics as Insight Attorneys sit down with industry experts to discuss hot legal topics. Explore our latest topics to stay informed.

Episode 5: Early Adoption

It is easy to talk about adopting technology early, but it can be very difficult to take the steps that lead to it. For lawyers and legal teams, taking those steps are crucial and can lead to major competitive advantages.

In this episode, Adam Riley, Insight Attorney and David Curle, Director of Technology and Innovation Platform at the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute discuss the importance of adopting technology early on. Hear about some of the biggest technology milestones that have changed the way legal researchers work. Plus, learn how adopting Westlaw Edge early on has helped firms gain a competitive advantage, grow their practice, save money, and manage clients.

Insights Attorneys – a new era in legal research support

Our tradition of excellence set by our Reference Attorneys has evolved to the next level of support. To ensure that Westlaw Edge customers get the most out of your subscription, we have a team of Insight Attorneys that are uniquely trained on analytics, artificial intelligence, and big data to assist you with your research needs. Learn more.

Nov 07 2018

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Which Firms Are Gaining Ground?

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In an era of low growth, the law firm market is increasingly close to a zero-sum game where one firm’s gain is at the expense of the market share of another firm.

The Legal Executive Institute’s Dynamic-Static Law Firm Report analyzes the difference between dynamic growing firms and firms that are more static and flat. 

Bill Josten, the author of the report, discusses the findings. 

Nov 05 2018

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Improving Access to Justice in Africa

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The ongoing commitment of Thomson Reuters to access to justice and the global rule of law manifests through its long-standing support of programs like Books for Africa – a non-profit organization that sends millions of books, computers, e-books and other educational materials to countries throughout Africa. But the work to strengthen and improve the legal mechanisms in nations like Kenya also comes from “boots on the ground” work led by people like Peter Vincent, general counsel for Thomson Reuters Special Services, who is one of many who have worked closely with lawyers and others throughout the region to support the rule of law as a means to confront violent extremism.

In this very special edition of For Public Consumption, Sharon Sayles-Belton, vice president of government affairs at Thomson Reuters, discusses with Peter how he became engaged in this effort, why this work is so vital to this region and what the future holds for programs like Books for Africa and Lawyers without Borders in Kenya and beyond.

Oct 25 2018

19mins

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