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Missed out on Quantum Leap back in the day? No worries, Jared’s here to put right what went wrong, hoping this time you’ll find a way to bring this awesome series home… or something like that. Next, Jared leaps into his interview with small business consultant Terri Teague! They chat about new trends on LinkedIn and how lawyers can leverage creative content to help their businesses grow. And, you’re in for a treat this time on the Rump Roast! Jared’s mom joins in for a special edition of Correia Family Stories, featuring Jared’s ill-conceived attempt at giving ducks swimming lessons, and more.   Terri Teague is founder and principal of SmallBiz.Consulting and the Digital Power Team. Since we discussed my favorite TV show ever: Quantum Leap (and in memory of Dean Stockwell), this week let's throw some science tunes on the turntable. SCIENCE! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0RtVYlBN7m9FDudediOyRD?si=43cb41bade5a43f8 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 Conversation Funk by Cast of Characters.   Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

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Nov 16

35 min 9 sec

Grab your Scooby Snacks and hop into the Mystery Machine! Jared takes a nostalgic trip to recall his favorite Scooby Doo memories and share his thoughts on what he thinks may be the best iteration of this beloved animated franchise. Next up, Jared talks with Joyce Brafford about the three scariest things lawyers do in their legal practices. But, don’t be too freaked out! If you’re guilty of any of these cringe-worthy blunders, Joyce has tips for making things right. Last, this time on the Rump Roast, Jared and Joyce dive into cryptozoology, discussing a variety of absurd, creepy, and just plain silly “cryptids.”    Joyce Brafford is sales manager at CosmoLex. ------- Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fit one more round of that sweet, sweet Halloween music into the mix. After all, what else are you going to listen to? Thanksgiving music? https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0DsPJiKa76bn4etZneCuJy?si=5ba5d0128f534341 ------- 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 Tipsy by AlterEgo.   Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

Nov 2

36 min 13 sec

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.

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Oct 19

36 min 34 sec

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=7d108c12f4924b08 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 Eternity by Eazy   Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

Oct 5

37 min 42 sec

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.

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Sep 21

30 min 29 sec

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.

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Aug 24

33 min 55 sec

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.

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Aug 10

34 min 40 sec

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.

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Jul 27

36 min 18 sec

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.

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Jul 13

38 min 11 sec

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.

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Jun 29

32 min 10 sec

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

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Jun 15

43 min 47 sec

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.

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Jun 1

35 min 25 sec

Rainmaking trainer and coach Jaimie Field shares tactics for growing your law firm’s business, even in the midst of the pandemic. 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 The Perfect Getaway by Polyphonic Groove Orchestra Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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May 18

30 min 23 sec

Jared Correia explores the life and times of Warren Zevon and then brings on Brooke Lively to demystify financial management for law firms. Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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May 4

35 min 7 sec

Hire like a pro with tips from Ron Godier! And, stick around for the Rump Roast, where Patrick Correia reveals what it was like to have Jared for a big brother. Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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Apr 20

37 min 3 sec

Jared Correia still hates the Lakers, and Shawn Hill joins for a chat about 1) how online reviews can help you build a better reputation for your law firm and 2) his work developing the Gritty Mascot. Theme Song: Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest. Legal Trends Report Minute song: I See You by Sounds Like Sander Closing song = Hey Yo Rocco! by Dresden, The Flamingo. Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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Apr 6

39 min 37 sec

Jared’s going to lose it if you keep saying “nonlawyer”, and, later, he and Toya Gavin chat about what lawyers should do if they feel discouraged in their work. Our opening theme is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest. Our closing song is Questionable by Ryan Saranich.

Mar 23

31 min 56 sec

Welp, burlap sacks might be cool now. Oh, and Jared Correia talks trends in AI and legal research with Trellis CEO Nicole Clark! Our opening theme is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest. Our closing song is Don’t Go ‘Way Nobody by George Lewis and His New Orleans Stompers. Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

Mar 9

34 min 38 sec

Jared Correia ruins the “cat lawyer” fun and chats with Chad Sands about harnessing creativity and uniqueness for better law firm marketing. Our opening theme is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest Our music spotlight and closing song is All Over You by the Jury Pool.

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Feb 23

41 min 29 sec

Jared Correia tells us why WandaVision is the best superhero show ever and John Strohmeyer tells us how to have the best customer service ever — a win-win! Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest. Our closing song is 555 by Tiger Gang.

Feb 9

32 min 20 sec

Jared Correia shares tips for upping your audio quality and chats with Sarah Schaaf about legal tech trends and the benefits of keeping all your tech under one roof. Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest. Our closing song is Sewn To You by The HA.

Jan 26

35 min 34 sec

Jared Correia dishes on Jim Carrey’s greatest roles and chats with Melissa Rogozinski about how to enhance the virtual conference experience. Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest. Our closing song is Schoolyard Swing by Cast of Characters.

Jan 12

33 min 51 sec

Jared Correia welcomes Jay Harrington to discuss what it means to be a thought leader in the legal marketplace. And Tom Nixon joins to discuss yacht rock on the latest Rump Roast. Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest. This week’s closing song is Sunrise on the Water by Page 99.

Dec 2020

36 min 7 sec

Jared Correia is joined by renowned journalist and lawyer Bob Ambrogi to talk through legal tech trends in 2020.

Dec 2020

32 min 37 sec

Jared Correia hashes out what it means to productize legal services in your law firm with Dorna Moini, CEO of Documate–winner of Clio’s 2020 Launch//Code Competition.

Nov 2020

35 min 42 sec

Jared Correia ponders whether anyone could actually not like Tom Petty (gasp!) and learns how Megan Hargroder uses storytelling to help lawyers build engaging websites clients love.

Nov 2020

39 min 32 sec