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Legal Speak

By Law.com

Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Hosted by Law.com editors Leigh Jones and Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories—from game-changing law firm mergers to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech.

  1. 1.
    'A Big Divide': Why Some Associates Are Struggling as Others Excel—and What Firms Can Do About It10/16/2020
    24:17
  2. 2.
    Change Is Happening at Susman Godfrey. A Tough Loss, a New Leader and a Plan for Courting Clients10/09/2020
    23:57
  3. 3.
    What to Know About the New SCOTUS Term and the Republican Race to Fill RBG’s Seat10/02/2020
    27:13
  4. 4.
    'Law Firms Simply Do Not Need the Physical Space They Currently Occupy': Taylor English Duma's Chris Wilson on Why Offices Are Becoming Obsolete09/25/2020
    31:00
  5. 5.
    'Remoteness Creates Remoteness': Paul Hastings' Chair Talks Keeping Lawyers 'Emotionally Connected' During COVID-1909/18/2020
    22:52
  6. 6.
    Virtual Court Is Now in Session: A Judge Takes on the Skeptics09/11/2020
    27:56
  7. 7.
    This Big Law Litigator Has Real Doubts About Virtual Jury Trials. Here’s Why He’s a Skeptic09/04/2020
    28:24
  8. 8.
    ‘The Practice of Law Can Be Really Lonely’: How Two Litigators Are Providing Podcast Therapy to Fellow Lawyers08/28/2020
    30:55
  1. 9.
    ‘We Got Punched in the Face’: Straight Talk from a Big Law Leader08/14/2020
    24:07
  2. 10.
    For Big Law’s Working Moms, Pandemic Could Have a Silver Lining … Seriously!08/07/2020
    24:59
  3. 11.
    You’ve Seen Hulu's ‘Mrs. America' — Now Hear the Real Story07/31/2020
    23:15
  4. 12.
    Climbing a Shaky Career Ladder: Rookie Lawyers Learn It's Hard to Plan in a Pandemic07/24/2020
    36:29
  5. 13.
    ‘I Hope We All Keep Up the Momentum and Keep the Strength:’ Black Women Firm Leaders Speak07/02/2020
    34:59
  6. 14.
    ‘Pictures in My Head’: Black Law Deans Take on Racism in Legal Ed06/19/2020
    30:07
  7. 15.
    ‘It’s OK Not to Be OK’: An In-House Leader’s Take on Guiding Resilient Teams06/12/2020
    18:29
  8. 16.
    'This Has to Be a Seminal Moment': Black Law Firm Leaders on Inequity, Ire and What Comes Next06/05/2020
    30:51
  9. 17.
    Times Are Tough! A Shame-Free Guide to Surviving Career Disruption05/29/2020
    19:00
  10. 18.
    Back to Brick-and-Mortar: Law Firms Reopen S-L-O-W-L-Y in the COVID-19 Era.05/22/2020
    21:59
  11. 19.
    Calming the Imposter Monster: You Don't Know Everything, And That's OK.05/15/2020
    19:16
  12. 20.
    Hold the Phone! The Supreme Court Is in (Virtual) Session05/08/2020
    20:37
  13. 21.
    Summer of Our Discontent: Big Law Associate Programs Get Major Overhaul05/01/2020
    25:30
  14. 22.
    Banner Year to Total Bummer: What’s Ahead for the Am Law 10004/24/2020
    27:06
  15. 23.
    'Painfully, Sadly, Far Too Many Bankruptcies': Gibson Dunn Top Litigator on What's Coming Post-COVID-1904/17/2020
    25:33
  16. 24.
    'Take Heart. Be Strong': David Lat On How COVID-19 Has Changed His Life and the Legal Profession04/10/2020
    25:07
  17. 25.
    Zoom GC Aparna Bawa Opens Up About Big Gains and Some Growing Pains04/03/2020
    39:18
  18. 26.
    For Big Law, Is COVID-19 The Great Recession All Over Again?03/27/2020
    28:28
  19. 27.
    How We're Surviving as a Shut-In Workforce: 'Know Where Your Mute Button Is' and Be Patient03/20/2020
    29:02
  20. 28.
    Pressure’s On: Big Law Targeted by Student Activists03/13/2020
    29:26
  21. 29.
    Cancellations, Crisis Planning and Clorox: COVID-19 Strikes Legal Community03/06/2020
    25:16
  22. 30.
    Once Optimistic, Addicted in the End: What We Can Learn from One Partner's Demise02/28/2020
    24:01
  23. 31.
    Explain It to Me Like I'm an 8-Year-Old, Counselor!02/21/2020
    34:34
  24. 32.
    'I Knew What Life Was Like': How This Managing Partner Thrived Amid the Whiteness of Big Law02/14/2020
    29:05
  25. 33.
    Tips, Tools and Biggest Bummers: What Lawyers Really Think About the State of Legal Tech02/07/2020
    19:35
  26. 34.
    Beyond Borders: What Lawyers Need to Know About the Global Legal Market01/31/2020
    27:03
  27. 35.
    'It Was a Constant, Daily Stressor': This Law Grad Got $221K in Student Loans Wiped Out. Who's Next?01/24/2020
    38:07
  28. 36.
    ‘Big Law Loves Litigation Financing’: Legalist’s GC Breaks It Down01/17/2020
    22:07
  29. 37.
    Tear Down the Window-Dressing: Big Law Policies That Actually Support Women01/10/2020
    31:04
  30. 38.
    All Things Re-Considered: Hot Legal Topics in 201912/20/2019
    32:01
  31. 39.
    OK, Boomer. Here's What You Need To Know About Legal Tech Trends12/13/2019
    26:21
  32. 40.
    All The President's Judges: The Impact of Trump's Record-Setting Appointments12/06/2019
    21:44
  33. 41.
    Bonus Episode: ‘The Butterfly Effect’ of Building Lawyer Resilience11/27/2019
    24:20
  34. 42.
    Failures and Flameouts: Why Law Firms Collapse11/22/2019
    19:25
  35. 43.
    This Big-Law Veteran Hit Rock Bottom. Here’s How She Got Sober.11/15/2019
    27:59
  36. 44.
    Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Life After Law Firm Leadership11/08/2019
    20:44
  37. 45.
    Mega Firm's #MeToo Mess: How DLA Piper Is Handling a Sexual Assault Scandal11/01/2019
    25:06
  38. 46.
    Boots to Suits: The Path from JAG Corps to Big Law and Beyond10/25/2019
    34:36
  39. 47.
    5 Tips for Working With Men and More Career Insight from Women Lawyers10/18/2019
    34:42
  40. 48.
    What (and Who) to Watch at SCOTUS: Unpacking the New Term With Mayer Brown’s Nicole Saharsky10/11/2019
    21:14
  41. 49.
    Stressed Out, Left Out: Law Firm Staff Suffering in Silence10/04/2019
    30:09
  42. 50.
    What Bugs In-House Lawyers About Outside Counsel? Here’s What They Said—And More.09/27/2019
    20:18
  43. 51.
    More Grit, Less 'Polish.' What It Means to Be a First Generation Lawyer09/20/2019
    29:08
  44. 52.
    Inside Quinn Emanuel’s Plan to Dominate Cannabis Litigation09/13/2019
    24:32
  45. 53.
    Steven Brill on 'Disdain, Horror' and Other Adventures in 40 Years of The American Lawyer09/06/2019
    35:25
  46. 54.
    Bonus Episode: Forget Reefer Madness, Pot Law Goes Mainstream09/05/2019
    15:55
  47. 55.
    Lawyer Resilience in a Pressure-Cooker Profession. It’s (Probably) Not What You Think.08/16/2019
    35:34
  48. 56.
    Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques. Why These Young Lawyers Are Sold on Smaller Firm Careers08/09/2019
    27:37
  49. 57.
    ‘Partners in Life’: How Manatt CEO Donna Wilson and Blank Rome’s Linda Kornfeld Make It Work08/02/2019
    28:02
  50. 58.
    Ready to Ride the Litigation Finance Wave? More Lawyers and Clients Say ‘Yes’ to Funding07/26/2019
    26:16
  51. 59.
    Jerk Partners Beget Jerk Partners: Ending Big Law's Cycle of Dysfunction07/19/2019
    28:01
  52. 60.
    What David Lat Learned about Big Law—and Himself—at Above the Law07/12/2019
    19:33
  53. 61.
    What the NLJ 500 Tells Us About Law Firm Hiring, Diversity and Competition06/28/2019
    19:44
  54. 62.
    Bonus Episode: Spotlight on the Supreme Court's Big Census Ruling06/27/2019
    8:34
  55. 63.
    Talking SCOTUS With Paul Weiss Partner Kannon Shanmugam. What to Watch as 2018-19 Term Wraps Up06/21/2019
    28:42
  56. 64.
    ‘We’re All Individuals!’ Big-Law Branding in a Cookie-Cutter World06/14/2019
    22:04
  57. 65.
    Can You Hear the 'Heels of Justice'? This In-House Duo Is Turning Up the Volume.06/07/2019
    26:05
  58. 66.
    The Law Firm Generation Gap: A Millennial and a Baby Boomer Talk It Out05/31/2019
    32:28
  59. 67.
    Big Law's Nemesis: Meet the Lawyer Who’s Driving a Gender Reckoning05/24/2019
    22:32
  60. 68.
    Tips from the Top: 8 GCs Share How to Get Ahead05/17/2019
    23:07
  61. 69.
    Confronting the Mental Health Crisis in the Legal Profession05/10/2019
    17:07
  62. 70.
    A Big Law Cannabis Partner on Ethics, Clients and What It Takes to Build a Practice05/03/2019
    21:10
  63. 71.
    Big Law’s Worst-Kept Secret: Discounts04/26/2019
    19:35
  64. 72.
    Get Ready to Rumble When Crisis Strikes Your Law Firm04/19/2019
    20:22
  65. 73.
    What Do GCs Really Want? Here’s What They Say.04/12/2019
    21:20
  66. 74.
    From Big-Law Practice to TV Justice: Tanya Acker's Path04/05/2019
    24:25
  67. 75.
    'Witness to History': A Federal Judge on Growing Up White in the Segregated South03/29/2019
    32:47
  68. 76.
    Ex-Big Law CMO Wants Law Firms to Shake Up Their Marketing03/22/2019
    18:01
  69. 77.
    JD, Meh! Here’s What It Really Takes to Make It as a GC03/15/2019
    23:26
  70. 78.
    Big Law Associate Hiring is Static—And That's a Good Thing03/06/2019
    24:27
  71. 79.
    A Year in the Life of a Law Firm Mega Merger03/01/2019
    27:45
  72. 80.
    GCs in Crisis! It's Never Quite What You Planned For02/22/2019
    27:32
  73. 81.
    ‘All of You Naysayers Were Wrong:’ An Associate with Autism Tells Her Story02/15/2019
    22:05
  74. 82.
    Did You Always Want to be a GC? No, No, No and No.02/08/2019
    42:50
  75. 83.
    Move Over Big Law. It's Time for an 'Alternative.'02/01/2019
    29:18
  76. 84.
    Bonus Episode: On the Scene at #Legalweek1901/31/2019
    23:57
  77. 85.
    ‘Treat Yourself Like a Client’ … and Other Stress-Free Fitness Tips for Lawyers01/25/2019
    22:50
  78. 86.
    Shutdown Meltdown: What It Means for Law Firms and the Courts01/18/2019
    24:09
  79. 87.
    The Modern Law Office: Can You Handle It?01/11/2019
    36:23
  80. 88.
    How I Learned 'Basically Everything': Top Lawyers Give Props to Their Mentors12/21/2018
    1:07:01
  81. 89.
    The Big Four Are Coming for Your Clients12/14/2018
    21:41
  82. 90.
    Diversity Officers Move into the Big Law C-Suite12/07/2018
    29:56
  83. 91.
    Ted Boutrous, CNN’s Champion, Is Fired Up11/30/2018
    27:59
  84. 92.
    Orrick Chair Mitch Zuklie on Law Firm Skunkworks, Talent Wars and What’s Ahead11/21/2018
    16:39
  85. 93.
    'Inhumane:' Big Law Dysfunction Through a Therapist's Lens11/16/2018
    29:08
  86. 94.
    Judges Talk About Their Toughest Cases11/09/2018
    31:07
  87. 95.
    Don't Delay! Here's How to Take Control of Your Legal Career11/02/2018
    31:23
  88. 96.
    Will an Ex-Big Law Associate Bring Legal Tech to Its Tipping Point?10/26/2018
    31:15
  89. 97.
    Attention Law Firms: This GC Wants to Transport You to the Future10/19/2018
    19:05
  90. 98.
    One Big Law Attorney's Journey with Depression, One Firm's Response to the Profession's Problem10/12/2018
    31:23
  91. 99.
    From Federal Judge to Private Practice: Why This Debevoise Partner Left His Ultimate Dream Job10/05/2018
    26:44
  92. 100.
    Beyond the Buzzwords: Getting Real About Law Firm Innovation09/28/2018
    22:06
  93. 101.
    Post Quinn Emanuel Split, Faith Gay Dishes on Boutique Ambitions09/21/2018
    25:05
  94. 102.
    Paul Clement Is Stoked for Brett Kavanaugh and the Term Ahead09/14/2018
    22:28
  95. 103.
    Are Wall Street Law Firms Losing the Talent War?08/24/2018
    15:32
  96. 104.
    Better Law Jobs! Higher Pay! Smarter Students! What’s Not to Love?08/17/2018
    24:38
  97. 105.
    Think Like a Waiter … and Other Tips for Making It in Big Law08/10/2018
    19:00
  98. 106.
    Why This Quinn Emanuel Litigator (and His Corporate Clients) Are Fighting for LGBT Workers08/03/2018
    22:49
  99. 107.
    The Double-Barreled Bias Against Black Women Lawyers07/27/2018
    30:40
  100. 108.
    Is Your Law Firm Making You Flabby? Now Hear This.07/20/2018
    24:14
  101. 109.
    Oyez! A Former SG Dishes on Kavanaugh, Kennedy and a Changing Court07/13/2018
    22:40
  102. 110.
    Watch Your Back, Counselor! It's the Law Firm Threatdown07/06/2018
    25:08
  103. 111.
    The NLJ 500 Deconstructed: Exploring the 2018 Law Firm Rankings06/29/2018
    18:23
  104. 112.
    'Every Case Is a Possibility': Winston's Abbe Lowell on a Career Defending Powerful Clients06/22/2018
    28:41
  105. 113.
    Landing Big Clients: Top Women Partners Reveal How It's Done06/15/2018
    29:17
  106. 114.
    This Big Law Leader Decided to Match Milbank. Why?06/08/2018
    21:05
  107. 115.
    Save the Oral Argument! Why It’s Endangered (and Does It Matter)06/01/2018
    20:28
  108. 116.
    Lawyers, Fear Not the Smart Contract05/25/2018
    15:34
  109. 117.
    Big Law Leader Shares Struggles with Alcoholism, Challenges for Profession05/18/2018
    27:00
  110. 118.
    Ack! Law School Finals. Is There a Better Way?05/11/2018
    20:04
  111. 119.
    Hang On! It's a Roller Coaster Market for Am Law 100 Firms05/04/2018
    16:08
  112. 120.
    Paul Weiss Chairman Pipes Up About the #MeToo Movement04/20/2018
    14:35
  113. 121.
    How to Take the Fear and Loathing Out of the RFP Process04/13/2018
    18:10
  114. 122.
    The Anatomy of a Deal: Fintech Edition04/06/2018
    18:23
  115. 123.
    Making Sense of Legal AI: What It Means for Your Practice and What’s Ahead03/30/2018
    21:26
  116. 124.
    AT&T, Time Warner and the Antitrust Fight for the Future of Media03/23/2018
    25:07
  117. 125.
    Live From #Legalweek18: Artificial Intelligence Accepted, Innovation Unpacked and More02/08/2018
    23:54
  118. 126.
    Inside Tech-- Ep. 3: Cognitive Security11/30/2017
    4:24
  119. 127.
    Keker, Van Nest & Peters Founders Reflect on Banner Year11/16/2017
    25:04
  120. 128.
    Inside Tech: Ep. 2 -- Phishing11/02/2017
    4:59
  121. 129.
    Hot Topics at the USPTO: A Conversation with Baker Botts' Eliot Williams10/23/2017
    14:25
  122. 130.
    The SCOTUS Patent Case Flying Under the Radar: A Conversation With Latham's Bob Steinberg10/04/2017
    17:19
  123. 131.
    D.C. Litigation Departments of the Year: Conversations With Our Winners09/13/2017
    8:31
  124. 132.
    How to Serve the President Without a Secret Service Run-In: A Podcast with Scott Rome of Veritas Law09/13/2017
    6:32
  125. 133.
    NLJ's Go-To Law Schools Report Deconstructed09/13/2017
    9:26
  126. 134.
    Inside Tech - Ep. 1: Implantable Microchips09/12/2017
    9:17
  127. 135.
    The Careerist Chats With Author of ‘White Working Class’ About Clueless Elitists09/12/2017
    8:49
  128. 136.
    A Conversation with a U. Penn Grad on Acing the Law Firm Interview09/08/2017
    12:43
  129. 137.
    Small Practices Big Impacts,: Meet the Lawyers Behind Two Major League IP Cases09/08/2017
    32:28
  130. 138.
    At Zero-Hour for Bar Exam Takers, Here’s What They Had to Say09/08/2017
    3:02
  131. 139.
    Leading the DOJ: Lessons in Management, Leadership and What's Up Under Trump08/30/2017
    10:46
  132. 140.
    Perkins Coie's Marc Elias on "Explosion" in Election Law08/29/2017
    14:05

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