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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by Law.com Editor-in-Chief Zack Needles and Newsroom Innovation Director Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

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    • 4.7 • 31 Ratings

Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by Law.com Editor-in-Chief Zack Needles and Newsroom Innovation Director Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

    A Plaintiff-Side View on Big Law Bloat, COVID Cutbacks and the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Landing Mega Settlements

    A Plaintiff-Side View on Big Law Bloat, COVID Cutbacks and the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Landing Mega Settlements

    On this episode, we connect with Chicago plaintiffs attorney Jay Edelson, who the New York Times once labeled 'tech's least friended man.' Edelson, founder of 30-lawyer class action firm Edelson P.C., discusses the firm's recent $650 million privacy settlement with Facebook and describes what he's learning about remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Edelson also shares his views on the wider industry’s approach to layoffs, summer programs and bonuses.

    • 31 min
    'A Big Divide': Why Some Associates Are Struggling as Others Excel—and What Firms Can Do About It

    'A Big Divide': Why Some Associates Are Struggling as Others Excel—and What Firms Can Do About It

    This week’s podcast is a conversation between Law.com business of law reporter Patrick Smith and Stephanie Biderman, a managing director of global consultancy Major Lindsey & Africa. They dive into the topic of associate life during COVID-19, discussing the challenges—and benefits—young lawyers have encountered while working remotely, as well as what firms have done and can do for associate development going forward.

     
     

    • 24 min
    Change Is Happening at Susman Godfrey. A Tough Loss, a New Leader and a Plan for Courting Clients

    Change Is Happening at Susman Godfrey. A Tough Loss, a New Leader and a Plan for Courting Clients

    Susman Godfrey's founder, Stephen Susman, died in July after a serious cycling accident and a bout with COVID-19. In August, the firm partnership elected Los Angeles litigator Kalpana Srinivasan to serve as a managing partner. She is the first woman and the first attorney outside Susman Godfrey’s Houston base to have that role. On this episode, Law.com reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffries checks in with Srinivasan to discuss the changes at Susman Godfrey and her goals as managing partner. Srinivasan also discusses what it's been like to step into firm leadership amid the pandemic and how the firm is courting clients with the promise of shared risk and flexible fees.
     

    • 23 min
    What to Know About the New SCOTUS Term and the Republican Race to Fill RBG’s Seat

    What to Know About the New SCOTUS Term and the Republican Race to Fill RBG’s Seat

    So much for the wheels of justice turning slowly. These days, developments at the U.S. Supreme Court are moving at warp speed. On this episode, Law.com Supreme Court correspondent Marcia Coyle and federal litigation and politics reporter Jacqueline Thomsen discuss the upcoming term and how Trump's conservative court pick could reshape the court's jurisprudence. Plus, insight on what to expect during Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation hearing.

    • 27 min
    'Law Firms Simply Do Not Need the Physical Space They Currently Occupy': Taylor English Duma's Chris Wilson on Why Offices Are Becoming Obsolete

    'Law Firms Simply Do Not Need the Physical Space They Currently Occupy': Taylor English Duma's Chris Wilson on Why Offices Are Becoming Obsolete

    This week’s podcast is a conversation between Jonathan Ringel, the Atlanta-based managing editor of the Daily Report, and Chris Wilson, a corporate and finance partner at hybrid law firm Taylor English Duma, which has one office in Atlanta, and lawyers elsewhere who work remotely. Wilson talks about how his firm made its largely virtual structure successful, as well as the challenges some traditional brick-and-mortar firms may face in attempting to shed office space and move to a similar model.


     
     

    • 31 min
    'Remoteness Creates Remoteness': Paul Hastings' Chair Talks Keeping Lawyers 'Emotionally Connected' During COVID-19

    'Remoteness Creates Remoteness': Paul Hastings' Chair Talks Keeping Lawyers 'Emotionally Connected' During COVID-19

    This week’s podcast features business of law reporter Patrick Smith's conversation with Seth Zachary, chairman of Am Law 50 firm Paul Hastings. Zachary talks about how his firm is faring during the pandemic, including its aggressive pursuit of lateral hires at a time when many other law firms have been forced to make cuts. He also acknowledges that the success of remote work at law firms as a potential downside: the risk that partners will become disconnected from each other and that younger lawyers will lose out when it comes to training and development.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re already a leader who enjoys wrestling with the shifting legal landscape of our modern world, or just getting started as a catalyst for change within your organization - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Vanessa and the entire ALM team do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of successfully navigating an ever changing legal world, from leaders who are innovating in the field. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

LegalFan101 ,

Legal Speak = Legal Genius

Thanks for making sense of the evolving legal landscape!

KOPelikan ,

Sound Quality is Bad!!!

I like the subject matter of this podcast but the reliance on poorly recorded telephone interviews is bad! I most often start listening and then stop after a few minutes when I can't really understand what the interviewee is saying. I expect more from a big player like law.com

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