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Time Sucks; The Prosecutors Podcast; and “Direct Examination”

Ah, time management. Jared muses over whether time is the enemy or simply something we all should bend mercilessly to our respective wills. Then, Jared is joined by Alice and Brett, co-hosts of The Prosecutors Podcast, to talk about how they manage their time as prosecutors and podcasters and their thoughts on what gave rise to the true crime boom.Today’s Rump Roast features “Direct Examination,” where Jared digs in deeper to get to know Alice and Brett.--------In honor of alternate universe Alice being a world famous fiddle player, here’s a list of some great songs that feature the fiddle:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6Ut2bR6C4ullxG8eBuMVss?si=17c5e5457d0e4388--------Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

37mins

19 Oct 2021

Rank #1

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Norm Macdonald; Niche Legal Practice; and “Chicago vs. Kansas City”

Maybe he wasn’t the funniest Canadian ever (who could unseat Jim Carey?), but Norm Macdonald still deserves his due. Jared pays homage to the late comedian with an overview of his finest works and samplings of his deadpan comedic style.Next up, Jared brings on Stanley Tate to talk through the benefits of niche legal practice. Many lawyers leave law school not really knowing how to develop a profitable business, but Stanley shares how working up expertise in a niche area of the law can lead to a lucrative career. Last, on today’s Rump Roast, Jared pits Stanley’s former and current locales against each other in a game called “Chicago vs. Kansas City.”Stanley Tate is principal of Tate Law, where he works exclusively with clients in need of help with student loan debt management. In honor of he Norm Macdonald, the Canadian comedic great, this episode’s Spotify playlist is full of other great stuff from Canada.https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0gbMsv2IGXBQo8AzfFcEzB?si=7d108c12f4924b08Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Our outro music is Eternity by Eazy Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

38mins

5 Oct 2021

Rank #2

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Your Intake Mistakes; Leveraging Modern Phone Systems; and “Kiwi Colloquialisms”

Jared wants to know—how’s your intake process working for you? If you’re like a lot of law firms, with potential leads just quietly slipping into a black hole… you’re doing it wrong. Just so incredibly wrong. Tune in for Jared’s easy, effective client intake tips.Next up, Chelsea Aitken joins Jared to chat about modern phone systems and the important updates lawyers need to help them communicate better and utilize smart integrations with practice management software. Then, the Rump Roast! Jared and Chelsea examine common New Zealand expressions, so stick around to find out the meaning of “jandals”, “pack a sad”, “munted”, and more!Chelsea Aitken is the chief customer officer of Vxt, a software company revolutionizing small business communications.--------I mentioned the longest place name in the world* - It's in New Zealand, and typing it out here would just look kind of ridiculous - so, here are some songs with long names instead.https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1KSQhVXArSYEdx5hSJH17B?si=42f235fa68db45c3*I’ll save you the Google search: it’s Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu, New Zealand. I butchered that on the show and I feel we, as a community, can do better. Send us a recording of you pronouncing it and, if you impress me, I’ll name drop you on the show.--------Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Our outro music is Skinny Jeans by Andrew Stanton. Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

31mins

21 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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Narnia Kicks Ass; eDiscovery 101; and “The Heat Index”

Religious allegory might seem like an odd topic for Jared, but, the truth is – C.S. Lewis is just plain splendid. And even a crass iconoclast can fall in love with Narnia. Tune in for Jared’s reflections on this favorite childhood series, along with his recommendations for several of Lewis’ other works.  Next up, Jared welcomes Shree Sharma to discuss how eDiscovery has changed over the past decade and what lawyers need to know about its current best practices. Last, in honor of this super-hot summer, Jared and Shree Sharma play yet another new game, “The Heat Index,” featuring a variety of temperature-related trivia.  Shree Sharma is vice president of business development at HaystackID.  ----With how damn hot it is, we’ve just decided to embrace it. This week’s playlist has some songs that are scorching.https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1emWKWIjn6vy9ucaQW02zx?si=d11f2818eba440c9 ----Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Our outro music is He Said, She Said by Dr. Delight. Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

34mins

24 Aug 2021

Rank #4

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Weird Ken Burns; Benefits of Podcasting; and “Shitty Olympic Events”

Jared shares the story of Ken Burns’ surprisingly thorough autograph style and, for those without the expertise, offers up his top documentary recommendations so you’ll have something to watch for the next… 10 years or so. (1:58)Then, things get meta with Steve Fretzin as he and Jared talk podcasts on a podcast. They discuss how podcasting could benefit your legal practice and offer tips for getting started. (8:55)And, last but not least, Jared presents a new game—“Shitty Olympic Events”—where Steve must name obscure sports based on their descriptions. (24:57)Steve Fretzin, president of Fretzin Inc., coaches and trains lawyers using modern-day business development techniques.--------Yes, the Olympics have concluded, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with them. Since we discussed the worst Olympics sport - EVER - here's our very own list of jock jams. If the stadium's a-rockin', don't come a-knockin'!https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2M9nxYksVP7fcO1U77nwRY?si=88a1322ef57c4eee--------Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Our outro music is Homecoming by Bobo Renthlei. Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

34mins

10 Aug 2021

Rank #5

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The Robot “Takeover”; Law Firm Productivity; and “Balls Deep”

There are decades of entertainment based on the inevitable AI apocalypse, but…is it really all that inevitable? Maybe, just maybe, robots are only here to help you. Think WALL-E—not Ultron—and tune in for Jared’s take on the importance of embracing AI in your legal practice. (1:50)Next up, lawyers need simple, collaborative tools to do their best work. Jared talks with Mat Rotenberg about his top tips for removing burdens that hinder productivity and using automation to cultivate a better workplace. (8:22)And, this time on the Rump Roast, Jared and Mat play “Balls Deep”. . . and we’ll just let you find out what that’s all about. (23:03)Mathew Rotenberg is the CEO and co-founder of Dashboard Legal.In honor of Ringo Starr's 81st birthday, here’s a playlist featuring songs from lesser bandmates - and, they're still pretty damn good!Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Our closing track is Normal People by M O K. Check out his album Kids Table on Spotify. Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

36mins

27 Jul 2021

Rank #6

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Document Management; Kara Vaval’s Unconventional Legal Career; and “What Would ‘Florida Man’ Do?”

It’s OK to store files in a shed by the river, right?; Kara Vaval shares how quitting law to sell Mary Kay led her to become a better lawyer than ever; and Jared tests whether Kara can identify a real “Florida Man” in the news. Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

38mins

13 Jul 2021

Rank #7

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Growing Up Quickly; Law Firm Spring Cleaning; and “How Minnesota is That”

Jared recalls childhood trauma; Jess Birken shares tips for "spring cleaning" your law firm; and Jared and Jess try to put a finger on what makes Minnesota so unique.Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Our closing track is August by Dario Benedetti.Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

32mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Authenticity; Marketing the Real You; and Darian Kovacs’ Marketing Jam Podcast

Jared Correia and Darian Kovacs chat it up on authenticity, creative online marketing, podcasting, and more.

43mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Aliens!; Why Law Firms Should Focus on Selling; and “Samesies”

Jared Correia ponders UFOs, aliens, and massive government cover-ups, and chats with Erik Bermudez about why you shouldn’t shy away from sales in your law firm. Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.Our closing track is Artratus by Isaac Joel.Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

35mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #10