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After over three decades in the legal-trenches, Mike Bassett has learned to appreciate two things: good conversation & good coffee.
Legal Grounds is an ongoing series of interviews with the people who are shaping our world - legal or otherwise. Witty, irreverent, & always thoughtful, these brief discussions fall somewhere between “Night Court” & Hopper’s “Nighthawks At The Diner”.
With that in mind, we promise your coffee will still be warm when the podcast is done.
(Legal Grounds was written, recorded, and produced by Dust Devil Press)

Legal Grounds | Conversations on Life, Leadership & Law Mike H. Bassett

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After over three decades in the legal-trenches, Mike Bassett has learned to appreciate two things: good conversation & good coffee.
Legal Grounds is an ongoing series of interviews with the people who are shaping our world - legal or otherwise. Witty, irreverent, & always thoughtful, these brief discussions fall somewhere between “Night Court” & Hopper’s “Nighthawks At The Diner”.
With that in mind, we promise your coffee will still be warm when the podcast is done.
(Legal Grounds was written, recorded, and produced by Dust Devil Press)

    Legal Grounds | Commencement Edition

    Legal Grounds | Commencement Edition

    Hey there listeners. 

    This week we’re serving up another light roast.

    While no one from The Ivy Leagues reached out for me to speak to this years graduates, I figured I’d give it the old “college try”. 

    And yes, you can expect that level of Dad-joke to appear at least once.

    What follows is a mediation on a phrase you hear me say often. “Be easy.”

    I hope it can be a sliver of light in the darkness. 

    Congrats to the graduates of 2022 and enjoy the show! 

    • 11 min
    Legal Grounds | Paul Shapiro

    Legal Grounds | Paul Shapiro

    I usually don’t ask questions to start off these episode descriptions, mostly because I don’t know how you, the listener, will answer. 
    But here we go:
    Do you think you could give up eating meat? 
    If you’re like me, the gut reaction is probably heck no! 
    But then maybe you start to think about your health… or maybe you start to think about the health of the planet… or the plight of animals on factory farms… 
    I get it. 
    These aren’t always enjoyable things to think about, but I also think it’s necessary for us to constantly challenge our previously held beliefs. 
    And boy did this conversation do that in spades. 
    Paul Shapiro is the CEO of The Better Meat Company. 
    Founded in 2018, their process for turning potatoes into a porter-house is one of the coolest scientific things I’ve gotten to learn about in a while. 
    Paul got his start as an activist, founding the organization Compassion of Killing and then went on to multiple leadership positions at the Humane Society of the United States.
    Paul is a four-time TEDx speaker, and is also the author of the bestselling book, Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals will Revolutionize Dinner and the World. 
    He has been interviewed by outlets like CNN and luminaries such as Neil DeGras Tyson, and his writing has been featured everywhere from Scientific American to The Washington Post. 
    We talk about the impact of our meat-driven society on our planet and the animals we share it with, and let’s just say while I might not go vegan, I’m definitely eating a little less meat. 
    And I gotta tell you, I feel a little bit better. 
    Enjoy the show! 

    • 48 min
    Legal Grounds | The Llama Lounge Crew

    Legal Grounds | The Llama Lounge Crew

    One thing I think we often forget about leadership is that it's not a solo mission. 

    Leaders build leaders; full stop. 

    I've had a lot of fun with this podcast and gotten to know and chat with a lot of interesting & influential people. But this week's conversation was a much-needed reminder that leadership is a communal AND active endeavor. 

    My guests this week are both co-hosts of the amazing podcast, The Llama Lounge. 

    Consisting of a cohort of current and retired U.S. Air Force service members, Joe Bogdan (a former solo guest) and Nina Choy are part of a larger group of leaders whose goal is to transfer their skills to those who are following in this footsteps. 

    Our conversation revolves around the three core tenants of Servant Leadership: Resiliency, Emotionally Intelligence, and Team Engagement. There's plenty of twists and turns, but that's what makes this one of my favorite episode we've done thus far. 

    No matter what field you're in, there is solid  advice for every aspiring or current leader. 

    Enjoy the show! 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Legal Grounds | Light Roast: Easter

    Legal Grounds | Light Roast: Easter

    I knew that I wanted to record an Easter episode of the podcast, but it wasn't until I I sat down to write that I discovered that it was the first time in a long time that Easter, Passover, and Ramadan were all happening concurrently. 

    Most people know that there is overlap in the three Abrahamic religions, but this is literal overlap. 

    In this episode, I explore how each of these celebrations share the theme of "another chance", and how even if you don't subscribe to any one faith, there is a lot to be learned from these holidays. 

    So whatever you celebrated this past Sunday, I hope it filled your cup. 

    Enjoy the Show! 

    • 8 min
    Legal Ground | Charles Hamm

    Legal Ground | Charles Hamm

    I’ve been in a lot of rooms full of smart people. But very rarely do I think I’ve found myself in a room full of wise people. 
    Of course, this isn’t a dig against my peers in any way. I think all of us possess unique bits of wisdom we’ve picked up on our journeys, but to become a “wise person” is a task that often seems to border on Sisyphean.
    So when I was thinking about my conversation this week, I was reminded of a quote from the Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tze: “To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
    Charles Hamm is an Author, LinkedIn Influencer, and after 76 years on this earth, a pretty wise guy. And in my opinion, one of the reasons for this lies in his ability to strip lessons down to their core components, to remove the excess. 
    His just released book is titled, “Ponder on it, Pilgrim: The Bucolic Mark Twain on Critter Councils, Cookie Bandits, and Texas Grit,” and aims to show readers why wisdom is the key to living in a chaotic world. 
    This conversation is both light-hearted and heavy, and I hope it’s as fun to listen to as it was to record. 
    Enjoy the show! 

    • 55 min
    Legal Grounds | Dean Patricia Roberts

    Legal Grounds | Dean Patricia Roberts

    Anyone who has watched an 80’s college-comedy knows that one of the things you never want to have happen is to be called into “The Dean’s Office”...
    Now of course, there is PLENTY in those comedies that absolutely DO NOT fly in our world today. But past the obvious misogyny, racism, ect., my conversation this week made me realize the humor of the uptight, ivory-tower-dwelling academic might be aging poorly, too. 
    When I was in law school at St. Mary’s, I knew of the Dean, which is to say I knew his name and I knew what he looked like. But I was intimidated by him. 
    Why?
    I honestly don’t know, but I suspect a healthy amount of imposter-syndrome on my part, and a lot of negative-reinforcement on the “barrier” that - back then - was supposed to exist between ‘the academy’ and those who attended it. 
    Thankfully, that wall is coming down. And thanks to this week’s guest, I’m happy to report that my alma mater is at the fore of this endeavor. 
    Since 2020, Patricia E. Roberts has been the Dean of St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio. Prior to this, she was the Vice Dean, Roberts was William & Mary Law’s were she oversaw multiple legal clinics that provided pro bono representation to underserved clients in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area. The school’s first in-house clinics, including those specializing in veterans’ benefits, elder law, special education, appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and coastal policy, were created during Dean Robert’s tenure as director.
    Her dedication to providing legal resources to underserved communities, as well as her passion for the advancement of legal education, have made Patricia one of the leading voices in legal education. 
    Along with multiple other duties, she is also the host of the EdUp networks Legal Education podcast where she discusses innovations in legal education and predictions for its future in conversations with thought leaders and law school deans from across the country.  
    Patrica and I talk about the future of legal education, our own law school experiences, the struggles (and victories!) of the pandemic, and why everyone deserves representation. 
    Enjoy the show!  

    • 54 min

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Awesome podcast and host!

Thank you for sharing!

Bruddy Waters ,

I wish I had his confidence and charisma

For years, I’ve seen Mike speak and teach at various conferences with the Defense Research Institute. Recently, I participated in podcast with Mike, Bill Kanaski and others. I felt so out of my league, but I realized that without me in the group, there was no one to laugh at. Seriously, I have great respect for Mike and his view on life and litigation. I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I do.
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Mike is a warrior listen up!

This guy has been a friend, mentor, leader and all-around great guy for as long as I’ve lived in the north Texas area. He has been a stalwart companion and a resource for ideas to help me stay on track for my entire legal career. You want to check out this show.

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