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Black Friday has arrived! And Linn Foster Freedman from Robinson and Cole is here to help you safe-shop this holiday season while keeping your data secure. Sources: Cyber Security Dive article by Sue Poremba ‘How companies are meeting the challenge of a changing cyberthreat landscape’ Retail Dive article by Lisa Rowan ‘Retail cyberattack attempts u…
 
The transition of presidential power is the process during which the president-elect of the United States prepares to take over the administration of the federal government of the United States from the incumbent president. The peaceful transition of government has long been a hallmark of American democracy. In what has become an unfortunately comm…
 
Author and thought leader Becca Syme talks with us all about what it means to not only discover, but actively lean into your strengths and use them in different areas of your life. If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free! If you’d like to learn more about creati…
 
In 1963, John Howard Steel was a 28-year-old attorney with a challenging litigation practice, an unhappy marriage and a stiff neck. At the urging of his mother, Steel decided to try physical therapy at a gym owned by an elderly German immigrant named Joseph Pilates. It was a decision that would change Steel's life. Caged Lion: Joseph Pilates & His …
 
400 years ago the Mayflower arrived in the New World. Before the passengers could set foot on shore, they needed to assemble a new set of laws to hold the colony together. Professor Julia Ernst from the University of North Dakota School of Law tells us the story of the Mayflower Compact, our first representative government. Sources: History Channel…
 
Election challenges continue, Krakens are released, Rick Schroder provides a critical look at America's cash bail system, and Bill Barr has some explaining to do. But beyond all that, a new study takes a comprehensive look at the legal licensing process and the value of the status quo bar examination regime. It may not surprise anyone that the exis…
 
If a nuclear attack gutted legal business, Jared’s pretty sure the billable hour would somehow creep from the rubble, but maybe it’s finally losing some ground. Maybe. Jared opens the show with his thoughts on the uptick in subscription legal services, which offer the fixed prices clients love and major value potential for law firms. Next, Dorna Mo…
 
Following the “Profit First” finance strategy created by Mike Michalowitcz, Triangle Smart Divorce founder Jenny Bradley has vastly improved her firm’s business operations. So much so that she’s looking for ways to share the strategy with clients. Bradley tells host Christopher Anderson the steps she took to implement the plan, from finding the rig…
 
In this second episode (of two), Professor Margo Anderson from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee continues her discussion about the Census, this time addressing counting methodologies, the requirement of confidentiality, and the formula used to apportion representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sources: CNBC article by Dan Mangan ‘S…
 
It’s time for Jim and Sharon’s favorite podcast of the year – Tech Toys for the Holidays! In keeping with tradition, The Digital Edge hosts offer up their favorite practical and not-so practical tech toys, this year with plenty of remote work and COVID-related gift ideas in the mix. Pick up some wishlist inspiration for yourself and your favorite l…
 
Professor Margo Anderson from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discusses the importance of this year’s Census for representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, federal funding, and redistricting for the purposes of voting. Sources: CNBC article by Dan Mangan ‘Supreme Court will hear Trump appeal to exclude undocumented immigrants from c…
 
Time to get organized! Dennis and Tom are moving along to the next phase of their Second Brain project—taking their captured data and deciding how to best classify and catalogue it. With easy, effective data access in mind, they talk about their preferred organizational structures, hash out their tendencies toward both apple-pie order and thinly ve…
 
Throughout 2020, ransomware has increased rapidly in both the number of incidents and the ransom amounts paid, and current data shows no foreseeable slowdown. As these ransom demands continue to surge, what do lawyers need to know if they fall victim to an attack? Digital Detectives Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk with Ted Kobus about how threat …
 
Lawyerist Lab coach Stephanie Everett interviews Lab member Crystal Banse on her trauma journey and how that experience helped tailor her legal approach and humanize her clients in the process. If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free! If you’d like to learn more…
 
Oregon has changed the penalty for certain quantities of illegal drugs and is trying to start a new “magic mushroom” therapy business under the passing of Measures 109 and 110. But does that mean these illicit drugs are suddenly legal? Not exactly. Lizzy Acker, reporter for the Oregonian explains. Sources: Ballotpedia ‘Oregon Measure 109, Psilocybi…
 
As pressure mounts on Trump's election attorneys, Jones Day has doubled down on the sinking effort. While declaring that it is not representing Trump per se, the firm is behind the Pennsylvania "stop the count" effort and with advocacy groups urging corporations to pull business and reports emerge of internal strife, the firm seems willing to stay …
 
Just before students at the University of California at Irvine School of Law were set to return from spring break in March, the university decided that all classes would be moved online because of the spread of COVID-19. L. Song Richardson, the law school’s dean, says the news generated anxiety among students and faculty about how the rest of the s…
 
Is it unconstitutional for the federal government to ban marijuana? In 2005, it wasn’t according to the U.S. Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Raich. But with more states legalizing marijuana in the 2020 election, does that same analysis apply? Professor Douglas Berman from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law breaks it down. Sources: Profess…
 
Think you’re free to speak your mind at work? Before you give an oratory on sensible governance, tune in here. Grant Osborne from Ward and Smith explains free speech in the workplace and the 1st Amendment. {Spoiler}... Your level of free speech can depend on who you work for. Sources: The National Law Review article by Justin Hill and Grant Osborne…
 
On Saturday, November 7th, 2020, after nearly a week of waiting for the results of the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. As of the publication of this episode, President Trump has not yet conceded and has instead filed or intends to file a number of lawsuits against select swin…
 
Diversity and inclusion expert Sheri Crosby Wheeler and host Jill Francisco walk through what differentiates diversity and inclusion. Listeners learn how to take advantage of opportunities to be influencers and how to be effective allies for those whose voices are being overlooked or drowned out. Wheeler shares what young professionals and their em…
 
Author & professor Alex Carter talks to us about changing our perspective on what we think negotiation is and how we can build healthy relationships through negotiation. If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free! If you’d like to learn more about how to integrate …
 
The CHAZ/CHOP returns but this time it’s not the protests. Walter Olson from the CATO Institute gives us an update about the lawsuit filed by Seattle businesses against their city. Sources: Legal Talk Today episode ‘Suing Seattle over CHAZ/CHOP’ CATO article by Walter Olson ‘Judge: Seattle’s Aid to Protest Zone Might Have Been a Taking’ The Volokh …
 
Just because we’re a few episodes in doesn’t mean we’re done with fundamentals. For instance, if you’re not even answering the phone, SEO isn’t going to save you. Stop wasting money and fix the basics! In By the Numbers, Gyi and Conrad reviewed their clients’ performance as to answering calls. How do you stack up? How can you do better both for you…
 
It took awhile to declare a winner in the election, and it looks like it's going to take even longer to declare an end to the election. And that's nobody's fault but the lawyers willing to make dubious claims from parking lot rallies and within the bowels of bureaucracy. Joe and Kathryn run down the quasi-lawyering phase of this election season. Sp…
 
You're a plaintiffs attorney with a promising tort case, but getting the narrative evidence you need from a particular witness is like squeezing blood from a stone. How can you get through to them and help ensure that your client gets the damages needed for long-term care? The real problem might be that your communication styles are fundamentally d…
 
Legal stuff? We’ll get to that later. First up, the life and music of Tom Petty. Jared Corriea takes listeners through Petty’s career and albums, highlighting the music that offered a soundtrack to his own youth (Check out Jared’s Tom Petty Spotify Playlist!), and pointing out that 2020 got just a little bit better with the October release of Wildf…
 
Executive coach Jayme Purinton explains how modeling wellbeing from the top down can improve performance teamwide. Especially during times of stress, it’s essential to take time to recharge and reinvigorate, whether that’s by reading a book, going for a run, or watching the news. Those who don’t take time out are more likely to burn out or make mis…
 
The disproportionate number of minority children navigating juvenile justice systems continues to be a point of great concern in our country. Where does this problem start? Is it in schools, in over-policed minority neighborhoods, or even in homes? What other factors are at play? Putting an end to the injustices suffered by children of color means …
 
Legally speaking, neither President Trump nor former Vice President Joe Biden can claim an election win. There appears to be many lawsuits on the horizon which could sway the course of this hotly contested election in one direction or the other. Luckily, Professor Edward Foley returns to give us a walkthrough on the possibilities. Sources: Daily Ca…
 
Lawyers may be surprised to learn that publicly accessible websites may be all they need for a significant amount of their online legal research. There may be no need to pay for expensive legal research databases if you know where to look! The State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast hosts Tish Vincent and JoAnn Hathaway welcome Carole Levitt and…
 
Matthew Feeney from the CATO Institute is here to help explain the FCC’s review on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and what that means for social media. Source: CATO Institute article by Michael Feeney ‘Accusations of Social Media “Election Interference” Put Online Speech at Risk’ FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Statement FCC Commissioner Bre…
 
Virtual reality may not immediately strike lawyers as useful to their practice, but a deeper look at this versatile tech reveals a multitude of possibilities for the profession. New VR uses are cropping up all over the legal world, from law students training to litigation applications for more powerful storytelling to simple programs that prep clie…
 
Ten years ago, the State Bar of Texas launched Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV) under the leadership of 2010-11 Bar president Terry Tottenham. A former Marine, Terry saw the plight of many Texas veterans experiencing poverty and homelessness and implemented TLTV to provide pro bono legal services to both them and their families. Podcast host…
 
Even in law school with a career track in mind, promising lawyers don’t really know where they’ll land. Legal Innovators Chairman Jonathan Greenblatt talks with host Adriana Linares about modern career paths and their inevitable shifts because of challenges and unexpected opportunities. Greenblatt points out what he believes are fundamental flaws i…
 
Thought leader & author Amy Gallo talks to us about dealing with conflict in the workplace and how we can effectively communicate with those who have different perspectives from us. If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free! If you’d like to learn more about manag…
 
Google is being sued for antitrust violations by the United States Department of Justice. But why and what does that mean for consumers? Author Maëlle Gavet joins us to break it all down. Sources: ‘Trampled by Unicorns, Big Tech’s Empathy Problem and How to Fix It’ by Maëlle Gavet CNN article by Brian Fung ‘The US Government Sues Google for Alleged…
 
News is moving far too fast for this show. We discuss the elevation of Amy Coney Barrett and it immediately seems like old news. Meanwhile, Brett Kavanaugh's clerks apparently failed to closely edit and cite check his opinion, leaving the beer-soaked jurist with egg on his face in a critical opinion. Finally, we talk about the best -- if ill-advise…
 
Will we know who our President is on election night? Probably not, but this is not new for the United States. Tune in to hear our country’s history with contested elections, how we got through them, and possible avenues for the 2020 Presidential Election with Professor Edward Foley from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Sources: Smit…
 
In this part two of our conversation about America’s nuclear defense with Professor Alex Wellerstein, we discuss what the nuclear football is, who carries it, and what it does. In addition, we delve into commencing a nuclear strike, comparative policies, and legislative attempts to officially add people to the decision making process. Sources: U.S.…
 
As we approach Election Day on November 3rd, 2020, it seems the list of issues grows by the day. Controversy over ballot drop boxes. Intimidating emails to voters from Iran and Russia. A call for an "army of poll watchers" from the president. And so much may hinge on the Supreme Court. So, what impact will these issues have on the election? On Lawy…
 
For our 300th episode, we are joined by Lawyerist founder, Sam Glover. He shares his thoughts on the current state of the legal world, as well as debuting the project he’s been working on since leaving Lawyerist. If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free! If you’d…
 
So much has happened that you'd be forgiven for thinking Jeffrey Toobin removed himself from the public eye -- by not removing himself from the public eye -- forever ago. Alas, it was only last week. We talk about the downfall of one of America's preeminent legal talking heads, the challenge for Biden when it comes to the apparent inevitability of …
 
In 1919, The US Supreme Court in Schenck v. United States established the rule that if words create a "clear and present danger" to incite criminal activity or violence, the government has the right to prevent and punish that speech. For nearly fifty years, through wars and the Red Scare, that rule was applied largely without question. Then, in the…
 
Who has the authority to launch America’s nuclear weapons? It might surprise you that it’s not the military. Professor Alex Wellerstein of Restricted Data the Nuclear Secrecy Blog explains how and why that decision resides with one person... The President. Sources: U.S. Department of Defense article by C. Todd Lopez ‘4 Things to Know About the U.S.…
 
While there’s expected growth in practice areas related to the pandemic, De Novo Review CEO and Founder Genny Castellanos says surges are nothing new. Rather than staff up with a permanent team, she and De Novo Review’s CSO Garrick Pursley tell host Christopher Anderson that more firms are using contract attorneys as needed. Pursley says the shift …
 
You know what we’re all pretty tired of? The same old generic interview show. Trust us, we’re right there with you. And thus Legal Toolkit is reborn! Jared Correia welcomes Gyi Tsakalakis, legal marketer and host of the Lunch Hour Legal Marketing podcast, on the first episode of the new Legal Toolkit. Jared opens the show by highlighting the way ju…
 
When reality TV implodes, who’s left to clean up the mess (especially if there are real customers)? Toni Long from The Long Law Group lawyer-splains. Sources: Chicago Suntimes article by Stephanie Zimmerman ‘Windy City Rehab sued again for fraud, this time over $1.3M home dubbed House of Horrors on HGTV show’ Chicago Suntimes article by Stephanie Z…
 
Plenty of lawyers in private practice worry about business development during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there may be more opportunities to discover new clients than they realize. And that is thanks to an increase in online events, says Karen Kaplowitz, a lawyer and business development coach. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.…
 
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