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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.
 
Budding barrister? Soon to be solicitor? Layabout law student or simply someone who'd like to know a little more about all the new laws the Government seem to be passing, then this easy to understand and light-hearted show is for you. Barrister and comedian Chris Kehoe, and comedian with a law degree Alex Boardman, discuss the most important cases in legal history (whilst chatting nonsense along the way). Instagram: barelylegalcomedypodcast Twitter: BarelyLegalPod
 
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Perryn Olson is a renowned leader in both marketing strategy and business technology, serving as the Vice President of Marketing for REX.one. The company provides comprehensive engineering and construction solutions under a single umbrella. He has also worked for other businesses in the construction industry including The Brand Constructors and Hin…
 
In this episode, Sarah is joined by Brendan Rinaldi, Head of Health at ANZ, and previous State General Manager of Business Banking for ANZ in South Australia. He has a background in accounting, restructuring, banking & finance. He previously worked for PwC & KordaMentha before joining ANZ. Brendan has led large national and state teams over the pas…
 
How important are online reviews, and what can you do about them? Guest Eric Goldman, legal scholar and expert, explains the intersection of Section 230 and the ethics of online reviews. Tune in next time for part 2 of the conversation. And Thanksgiving is a time to remind your clients you appreciate them. In a segment dubbed “Crappy Holiday Promot…
 
Marc Teer is the Founder and CEO of Black Spectacles and Spectacular. Black Spectacles is a business that offers online videos for architects including courses and tutorials. Their democratized approach to learning is designed for newcomers and established architects alike. He is a Member of The Economic Club of Chicago and the Entrepreneurs’ Organ…
 
If it seems like Google favors big firms – with big dollars – over small or solo legal practices, that’s because it does. With an eye on Google My Business (“GMB”) practices, the guys examine a retro approach to marketing that may end-run Google dominance. Guest Carolyn Elefant joins Conrad and Gyi to talk about getting back to basics: rethinking b…
 
With a long and intensive career, Gerry Riskin has made his name in consultation for law firms. He is a Co-founding Partner at Edge International, serving clients around the globe for nearly 40 years. His specialties include leadership, governance and structure within law firms. He has served the Conference Board of Canada and is a Visiting Fellow …
 
It's a special bonus episode. Recently, Conrad appeared on the long running program Lawyer 2 Lawyer and he had loads of fun, so we decided to run it for you here. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to Lawyer 2 Lawyer. --------- Many attorneys have received an offer of an award recognizing them as a distinguished lawyer in your city or …
 
Ken Sky is an expert on virtual event production and is the primary producer and coach at Ken Sky Unlimited. He particularly specializes in Zoom meetings, transforming the mundane into engaging. He also works in seminars, conferences, ceremonies and all kinds of meetings. He is the Co-founder of a DIY executive coaching program. Until recently, Ken…
 
In a special Halloween edition, Conrad and Gyi share their top 10 legal marketing horror stories. Are you dragging your practice to an early grave with some of these? Long-term marketing agency contracts? Renting instead of owning your website and domain name? Misunderstanding web traffic data and metrics? Or––dun dun duh––Letting Phone Calls Go Un…
 
Laura Taylor is a Senior Accountant for Finance and Assets at SA Water. Laura is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years' experience working within large corporations. Laura started her career in Brisbane, working there for 4.5 years, coming back to Adelaide for 6 months and then took her expertise to the United Kingdom where she gained valuable …
 
David Freeman is an expert in law firm leadership, currently serving as a consultant for both individual lawyers and law firms through the David Freeman Consulting Group. He specifically works with law firms on their leadership, business development and client service. He has also started focusing on remote work consultation in the wake of COVID-19…
 
In this edition, Dallas County District Attorney Michelle Shughart provides a behind-the-scenes look at the criminal prosecution of former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, whose sinister story is depicted in popular true-crime series 'Dr. Death.' Over the course of his short career, Duntsch maimed over 30 patients, with two more dying during and s…
 
Elise Holtzman is a trusted attorney and a certified coach. She is best known as the President and Founder of The Lawyer’s Edge — a boutique firm that provides guidance and resources to both attorneys and organizations. She has been coaching and consulting lawyers for over 13 years, drawing from her own experience in law. Elise is also the host of …
 
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 …
 
Bill Coletti is a global crisis strategist, a C-suite advisor and a reputation management specialist. He is the CEO of Kith Crisis Management, which works with businesses to improve crisis communication and manage public perception. He has more than 25 years of experience working with global corporations such as Target, AT&T and American Airlines. …
 
Leanne Allen joins Sarah Bartholomeusz to talk about what drives her, both metaphorically and literally! Leanne is the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Commercial & General. Leanne loves fast cars, loud music and...numbers. She joined Commercial and General two years ago and has played an integral part in transforming their finance…
 
Chris Kirby is an established professional coach and the Founder of BridgeField Group. He has worked as a business development coach since 2000, working initially for the WJF Institute before founding PCT Solutions in 2005. He then founded BridgeField Group which offers development and diversity programs for firms of all sizes. He has firsthand exp…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Allison Williams is a renowned lawyer, business coach and the proud owner of both Law Firm Mentor and the Williams Law Group, LLC. She most recently founded Law Firm Mentor to help small law firms achieve growth and increase revenue. She is also the current CEO for Williams Law Group which operates as a full-service family firm. Allison is an accla…
 
Stefanie Marrone is a consultant for law firms of all sizes as well as B2C and B2B companies. She brings almost 20 years of legal marketing experience to the table, working for notable firms such as Sullivan & Cromwell and Morrison & Foerster over the years. Before she switched over to full-time consulting, her last position was the Director of Bus…
 
We know you’re a lawyer, so what? That’s not enough. What makes you stand out? Gyi and Conrad share tips on making your practice stand out in a country awash in lawyers. Know the difference between simple branding and real positioning. Also, a BIG change is coming to Google searches. It’s driving SEO specialists nuts. Plus, new findings from Clio s…
 
Christopher Melcher is a leading name in the field of family law and a Partner of Walzer Melcher LLP. He primarily works with celebrities, business owners and trust beneficiaries in divorce cases. His specialization lies in discretional practice and navigating the financial aspects. Christopher brings over 27 years of total experience to the table …
 
Kerry Benn is the Director of Series, Surveys and Data of Law360, working with her team to manage their data and surveys. The subscription-based news source has a staff of over 170, staying up to date on legal developments and intellectual property. She has worked for the news outlet for more than eight years, starting as an Assistant Managing Edit…
 
In this edition, Jonathan Amarilio is joined by Corey Stern, lead counsel for the plaintiffs injured in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, including more than 2500 children who were lead poisoned by consuming water from the Flint River. Corey discusses the origins of the water crisis, the role citizen advocates played in seeking government accountab…
 
Pop quiz: Which LHLM hosts earned early paychecks running a paper route, and which pumped gas? Gyi and Conrad discuss their early forays into working life. Then, Gyi and Conrad then wade into the dispute between the North Carolina Bar Association and Google over Google’s recording of phone calls related to ad leads. In the recurring segment, “Dear …
 
Michele Linn is a content marketing guru, having worked in the field since its early days. She is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Mantis Research, which publishes and spotlights research in marketing. She has written and published hundreds of articles on the subject, being recognized as one of Folio’s Top Women in Media in 2015. Michel…
 
Special Edition of Accountants on Purpose | Season 5 Launch Episode Ben Preston joins Sarah Bartholomeusz to talk about his unique journey to becoming an accomplished CFO. Following a series of very cold nights working in remote South Australia and a chance meeting a plan was put in place to embark on the journey to become an accountant. The “journ…
 
Elizabeth Petit is the Director of Research and Development and Managing Editor at Best Lawyers. Her role involves oversight of planning, research and execution for the company’s programs, including Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms. She also works as Best Lawyers’ in-house Project Manager for any of their new business ventures. Elizabeth’s career br…
 
As venture capital investment continues to sweep the legal market (and our news segment), Gyi and Conrad celebrate the $2 million seed round funding for Hello Divorce. Yay! In the segment, “Dumb Sh*t Lawyers Do,” the two discuss the case of a lawyer reprimanded for raking an unhappy client over the coals. They also discuss a Streisand Effect case i…
 
Michael Rafalowich is the Litigation Managing Editor at Euromoney Institutional Investor. He has been with the company for more than 12 years, entering as a writer and editor before starting his current position in 2013. Euromoney is among Europe’s greatest financial institutions and a leader in business publishing with Benchmark Litigation. Michae…
 
Ken Hardison is the President of PILMMA, a marketing and management resource designed for attorneys. PILMMA, or the Powerful Innovative Legal Marketing and Management Association, works to provide its members with the tools and education to grow their law firm. In conjunction with his company, Ken is also a legal marketing coach and certified Scali…
 
In this edition, Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by California probate attorney Justin Gold to discuss a topic that is sensational, delicate, concerning, and much in the news: the conservatorship of Britney Spears. Justin explains how the conservatorship system is supposed to work, its pros, its cons, and how it – at least a…
 
Providing remarkable service is a no-brainer when it comes to earning a steady stream of referrals. It’s so basic that Gyi and Conrad aren’t even counting it in their lists of ways to get referrals. So what other methods are you probably overlooking? For one: give referrals. No one said it better than Paul McCartney in a classic SNL interview with …
 
Freedom isn't free, it costs folks like you and me... So sang Trey Parker in 2004 in one of the funniest films ever made; Team America World Police. This episode is a little bit funny but nowehere near as good as that. Chris Kehoe almost wasn't free either, as in court, a lay magistrate thought that he was - well, I'll let him tell you, it's a grea…
 
An interesting case from February wherein Ziegler (and others) and the DPP go all the way to the Supreme Court to see if Human Rights include the right to block the highway. The case gives a clear framework under Articles 10 and 11 of the Convention and lays out which test should be used to judge these cases. In light of the proposed Policing Bill,…
 
In this edition, guest host Trisha Rich and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by public relations and legal marketing expert Debra Pickett of Page 2 Communications for a discussion about how lawyers can shift their mindset from lawyer to entrepreneur and embrace the art of shameless self-promotion to build their book of business.Special thanks to o…
 
Professional service providers have a way to go in making a mark on gender equality and empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community This season has been centred around Female Partners of accounting firms and their journeys. Our guests on the show have smashed through the glass ceiling to stand shoulder to shoulder with their male p…
 
Melissa Costello is the Creative Lead and Chief Storyteller at MELISSACOSTELLO.com. Her passion is found in telling the stories of people and businesses through creative video marketing. She started the company in 2016 and has worked with clients such as Magic Johnson and President Barack Obama. Melissa has been awarded domestic and international h…
 
Adrian Dayton is the Founder and CEO of ClearView Social, a company that helps simplify social media for professionals. He is known for his keen understanding of social media and business development for lawyers, having practiced law himself in the past. Adrian has trained over 22,000 professionals and often shares his knowledge as a keynote speake…
 
Rob Bilott sits down with host Jonathan Amarilio to discuss his struggle on behalf of tens of thousands of poisoned Ohio and West Virginia residents and his ongoing efforts to stop the use of toxins that have contaminated nearly all of humanity.Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.By Legal Talk Network
 
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