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LawNext is a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Ambrogi, who is internationally known for his writing and speaking on legal technology and innovation. Each week, Bob interviews the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry. From legal technology startups to new law firm business models to enhancing access to justice, Bob and his guests explore the future of law and legal practice.
 
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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.…
 
A New York arbitrator recently ruled against former President Trump and his campaign in favor of former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman in a matter regarding the enforceability of an NDA and Omarosa’s tell-all book, Unhinged. According to an article in the Daily Beast, the arbitrator found that the NDA went too far when Omarosa was for…
 
This week's top stories were all about the judges. Should judges be held to a higher standard when it comes to vaccines? Should they at least endeavor to hire clerks that don't have resumes drenched in red flags? How much should clerkships matter anyway? And we got judges making some tough talking threats. All that and a couple of sound effects -- …
 
Much has been said about police officers and departments who violate civil rights or enforce the law in discriminatory ways. But not as much attention has been paid to the ways in which the U.S. Supreme Court has enabled police excesses and insulated police from civil or criminal responsibility, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of Cal…
 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced last month that it had teamed up with Workiva Inc. to create an application that automates the S-1 form that companies must file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission when going public. Special thanks to our sponsors, Alert Communications and Smokeball.…
 
Court is back in session with a variety of COVID protocols in place, and that brings additional stress to your trial prep. Get an update on our first face-to-face trial in a while and hear the challenges of reading masked jurors, working out of town, and trying to stay focused with more distractions than ever. Tune in and dial down your pre-trial s…
 
Identifying the “I can’t get over it” issues in your case is the first step to successful case framing. But making your frame clear to the jury is key. When do you introduce your case frame? How often do you repeat it? And what is the defense going to do about it? In this second episode on case framing, legendary trial lawyer Mark Mandell drills do…
 
Conrad and Gyi take on the elephant in the courtroom. Clio’s Legal Trend Report shows us potential clients are interested in both pricing and payment plans, but as lawyers, we’re reluctant to go there. Why? Explore options on how you can better position yourself. Are you less expensive than the competition? More efficient? A better value? Dig into …
 
Most lawyers remember what their first two years of practicing law were like. There’s a lot to learn and sometimes not much guidance. What do you know now that you wish you knew then? Sonia Russo sits down with a panel of young lawyers who have been practicing for several years. They share wisdom on topics like setting boundaries at work and recove…
 
Adapting and growing through stressful circumstances creates more resilient lawyers. Molly Ranns and JoAnn Hathaway get some positive tips from Anne Chambers about how lawyers can not only cope, but learn to thrive in the face of stress. Anne focuses on gratefulness, mindfulness, and self care, and encourages lawyers to alter their perspective on s…
 
It’s been awhile, but the guys have been hard at work on their Second Brain projects! They each share the progress they’ve made and hash out their diverging opinions on the ultimate goals of their respective projects. Next, Microsoft recently announced their newest Surface. Is this new tech hot, or not? As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, …
 
E-filing systems are quicker and more efficient, but there is certainly still room for human error, as was seen in a recent case heard by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans— a lawyer who had agreed to use e-filing later missed a motion for summary judgment that landed in his spam folder, leading to his failure to respond to the mo…
 
This week, the College of Law Practice Management named Digitory Legal winner of its 2021 Innovation Award for a unique partnership with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to drive diversity, equity and inclusion among its outside counsel by applying analytics to billing data to get a deeper understanding of the type and quality of work firms are assign…
 
Guest Leo V. Boyle recalls the frantic 60 hours after the 9/11 terror attacks of 2001. He calls that time “law’s finest hour” as pro bono tort attorneys collaborated with Congressional leaders to craft the $7 billion victims’ compensation fund. Boyle shares how lawyers from across the country came together and rushed to head off potentially pointle…
 
What's the next Supreme Court Term going to look like? Not great! We've got full-on assaults aimed at abortion, gun regulations, and affirmative action and that's just in the first handful of cases. Which you know if you've taken our Supreme Court quiz. Joe and Kathryn welcome ATL's newest editor Christopher Williams to break down these and other c…
 
Betrayal. Do your job. The value of a handshake. Case frames like these help summarize the “I can’t get over it” issues of your argument in simple terms the jury can understand. But how do you know which frame fits? And what are the dangers of incorrect framing? Acclaimed author and attorney Mark Mandell joins Eric Vieth and Johnny Simon for an eye…
 
Feel like you’re drowning in a tidal wave of escalating work responsibilities, COVID-occasion catch-up, and every single thing in the world piling on right now? Yup, we are too. If being back in the saddle feels more like being dragged with one foot in the stirrup right now, tune in to share your stress and remember it’s ok if you fail small and kn…
 
Dave Scriven-Young sits down with Erwin Chemerinsky to talk about what we can expect from the upcoming Supreme Court Term. Together they discuss the ideological leanings of the Justices as well as predictions about what will happen with Roe vs. Wade, Gun Rights, and much more. Stay tuned for Latosha Ellis’ first litigation segment about preserving …
 
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 la…
 
At the beginning of the pandemic, the eruption of COVID cases forced courts across the nation to close their doors. In its place, attorneys, judges and clients opted, where possible, to participate in virtual proceedings through phone calls and video platforms. Over a year later, with a backlog of cases clogging courts, and limited in-person procee…
 
In a special episode of New Solo, legal tech whiz Adriana Linares tackles a topic that baffles many legal practitioners: the dreaded Microsoft suite of services. What do you really need and what are you missing? Many lawyers jumped into Microsoft’s 365 universe during the pandemic. Sharing files and working collaboratively from home is appealing, b…
 
Judge Herbert Dixon, newly elected chair of the ABA Journal Board of Editors, joins Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway to discuss the publication’s plans for the future. They take a look at the longstanding importance of the ABA Journal and its efforts to reach the profession as a whole, and Judge Dixon gives a few sneak peeks at what may be coming dur…
 
It’s not just the poor. Even the middle class struggles with a complex and costly American legal system. Our guest, Toni Marsh, JD, is a professor and director at the George Washington University School of Law Paralegal Studies program and a fierce advocate for the role of paralegals. The paralegal profession is in flux. As Americans struggle to ac…
 
Meg Steenburgh welcomes Krystal Williams to discuss her unconventional path to law. After many years as a business professional, Krystal’s hunger for learning led her to shift her sights to law. She shares some of her experiences as an older student and discusses where her legal career has taken her in the years since law school. Krystal Williams i…
 
Did you know you could sue for $100 million for breaching an NDA that says breaches cannot be monetized? Neither did we. But Donald Trump has found a new lawyer willing to help him file that claim. He's arguing that his niece stole the documents that suggested a history of tax fraud, thereby unintentionally confirming the documents which is... a ch…
 
Ellie Krug was the first Iowa lawyer to transition gender. She lost her practice and for a while, her family, to become her authentic self. Today, Ellie Krug is a wildly popular speaker and advocate for Otherness, teaching all of us to break down the walls and reach out to those around us who choose a different path. Tune in for a truly life-changi…
 
Guest Mark Rockwell helps lawyers and law firms build purpose, passion, and profit. Learn the five biggest – and crazy simple – mistakes lawyers make every day that undermine their business. Rockwell helps lawyers understand what they want, who they are, and where they want to go. Without structure and vision, what’s the point? When lawyers find th…
 
You would be hard-pressed to find two people in legal technology more experienced in user interface and user experience design than Nicole Bradick and Andy Wishart. Bradick is founder and CEO of the legal tech design and development firm Theory and Principle. Wishart is chief product officer at contract lifecycle management company Agiloft and form…
 
Five Attorneys General discuss civil justice initiatives in their jurisdictions and how they can work more effectively with legal aid providers to help low-income Americans. Host: Ron Flagg, President of the Legal Services Corporation Guests: - Joshua Kaul, Attorney General of Wisconsin - Doug Peterson, Attorney General of Nebraska - Karl Racine, A…
 
Prevention is key when it comes to cybersecurity, and lawyers simply can’t afford to skimp on security technologies. Sharon and John talk with expert Sherri Davidoff about growing cyber threats and the changing nature of attack tactics. They discuss the impacts of these new developments on lawyers and law firms and chat about how to prioritize secu…
 
On Nov. 1, 2020, California voters passed Proposition 24, known as the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA). Beyond establishing new and comprehensive compliance requirements, the regulation broadens the definition of businesses bound by the law and creates a privacy enforcement agency that’s expected to be stricter and more defined than be…
 
A few decades ago, there were no page limits for U.S. Supreme Court briefs, and that brought considerable headaches for the clerks who had to read them. Also, the justices rarely, if ever, asked more than 15 questions total during oral arguments. But that changed in 1986, after Antonin Scalia joined the high court. Special thanks to our sponsor, La…
 
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a special alert in September to warn companies to be on guard against alarming increases in ransomware. With major concerns cropping up amongst law firms big and small, Dennis and Tom talk about how these cyber attacks work and what lawyers should do to protect themselves. Next, our dynamic duo dis…
 
In this edition, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Kernisha Padilla are joined by Dean Hari Osofsky of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea of DePaul University College of Law for a roundtable discussion about the current state of legal education. The group discusses many hot button topics, including the pandemic's im…
 
Hispanics are becoming an increasingly large segment of the U.S. population, and for an enterprising lawyer, serving the legal needs of Spanish-speaking clients seems like a solid business development goal. But running your existing marketing materials through Google Translate and slapping "Se habla español" on your website is not enough, says Liel…
 
Joe and Kathryn break down the long-awaited John Durham indictment that tagged former Perkins Coie partner Michael Sussmann and find it... less than persuasive. Emory Law School has yet another racial slur in class incident, forcing the gang to ask if there's something in the water down there. But given that the most recent incident involves the br…
 
How we think influences how we persuade and how we respond to what we see and hear. Learn the science behind effective metaphors, the power of familiarity heuristics and the importance of emotion in decision-making and discover how cognitive science can help you craft more effective arguments in the courtroom.…
 
Is your practice a revolving door of ever-changing paralegals and assistants? Maybe it’s not a people problem… it could be a process problem. And if you’re delegating too much of this critical task, you could be part of the problem too. This week’s podcast offers honest advice on how to interview, train and monitor new hires to help ensure their ne…
 
Erin Levine, founder of Hello Divorce, joins Conrad and Gyi to explain how her innovative tech platform streamlines and demystifies the divorce process for clients while allowing lawyers to practice law – not schedule appointments, manage clients, and waste time with administrative tasks. Entrusting basic drafting, scheduling, and filing work to a …
 
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 import…
 
The ABA Journal dubbed Fred Rooney the father of legal incubators. He developed the first incubator in 2007 at City University of New York Law School, spawning the launch of some 70 incubators in the years since, many with Fred’s guidance or based on his model. While most are in the U.S., Rooney is now helping create incubators worldwide, in countr…
 
Back in May of this year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Texas Senate Bill 8, better known as SB 8, one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the nation. SB 8 went into effect on September 1st, 2021, after the US Supreme Court refused to strike it down. Since then, the constitutionality of SB 8 has come into question, and the potent…
 
We may not give much thought to how trademark laws affect our daily lives, but the Lanham Act has played a huge role in protecting us as consumers. How? Rocky Dhir welcomes intellectual property experts Joe Cleveland and Craig Stone to discuss the evolution of trademark law and its functions in our economy. They also honor Texas Congressman Fritz L…
 
Guest Kenneth Feinberg was appointed by President George W. Bush to administer the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund after one of our greatest tragedies. In a very special episode of Workers’ Comp Matters, he shares how his team raced to administer $7.1 billion to families and victims of the 2001 terror attacks. Feinberg compares the unique, …
 
Priori is an online platform known for using data and technology to connect in-house legal teams with lawyers and law firms who can assist with a wide variety of projects. But Basha Rubin, CEO and co-founder at Priori, says the company noticed that clients were sometimes turning to its online marketplace for help with problems that “might be best s…
 
We talk about misbehaving lawyers a lot, but there must be a full moon (per statute a moon "at least 95 percent wholly spherical when measured by appropriate telescopic instruments") or something for lawyers right now because they're wild this week! We've got Biglaw attorneys injecting food with blood, lawyers waving loaded guns around over COVID p…
 
Ever think you aren’t good enough or smart enough and it’s only a matter of time before you’re found out? Or do you secretly believe you’re just lucky and not talented at all? It’s called “imposter syndrome” and professional women are its most common victims. Megan, Elizabeth, Liz, and Erica reveal their own vulnerabilities and talk about how we ca…
 
You throw down the gloves in the courtroom. But when the trial is over, should you still maintain an adversarial relationship with opposing counsel? Defense attorney Tim Gearin sits down with Erich Vieth and Plaintiff Attorney Tim Cronin of the Simon Law Firm to discuss why keeping cordial relationships across the aisle is not only the polite thing…
 
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