100 episodes

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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    • 4.6 • 35 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.

    'Associates Are Loving This.' How The Salary Race Is Shaking Up Big Law

    'Associates Are Loving This.' How The Salary Race Is Shaking Up Big Law

    This week's episode features New York-based legal recruiter and consultant Sharon Mahn discussing the wild Big Law associate compensation landscape and what firms are doing to attract and retain young lawyer talent. The recent move by several firms to bump starting associate salaries to $200,000 and up has set off a cascade of movement throughout the AmLaw 100, to the delight of associates and dismay of some law firm clients and support staff. 

    • 8 min
    Let’s Talk Classic Cars

    Let’s Talk Classic Cars

    American Modern’s Rick Drewery discusses insuring collector vehicles in this Insurance Speak podcast.

    • 18 min
    'Another Avenue Plaintiffs Have Pivoted To': The Rise of SPAC-Related Securities Litigation is New, but Maybe Not Novel

    'Another Avenue Plaintiffs Have Pivoted To': The Rise of SPAC-Related Securities Litigation is New, but Maybe Not Novel

    In this week's Legal Speak podcast, Law.com’s Ross Todd talks with Susan Saltzstein, a securities and complex litigation partner at Skadden, about what's driving the recent uptick in securities litigation over SPAC transactions—and why it all feels familiar.

    • 19 min
    It's Year Two of Pandemic Law Firm Summer Associate Programs. Here's How Things Are Shaping Up

    It's Year Two of Pandemic Law Firm Summer Associate Programs. Here's How Things Are Shaping Up

    This week's episode features Law.com Legal Education Editor Karen Sloan's conversation with  Yih-Hsien Shen, Associate Director of Career Services at Harvard Law School, about how law firms are adapting their summer associate programs during the pandemic and what lessons they learned from last summer.
     

    • 22 min
    'There Was An Extraordinary Amount of Interest.' These Orrick Associates Are Spending A Year Focused on Racial and Social Justice

    'There Was An Extraordinary Amount of Interest.' These Orrick Associates Are Spending A Year Focused on Racial and Social Justice

    This week's episode features business of law reporter Patrick Smith in conversation with Orrick associates Andrea Mazingo and Walter Alarkon—two of the firm’s six inaugural Racial, Social, and Economic Justice Fellows. Orrick established the fellowship program in 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and national protests over systemic racism and inequality.

     
     

    • 27 min
    'These Shouldn't Be on Parallel Tracks': Law Firms Are Cutting Staff Without Considering the Mental Health of Those Left Behind

    'These Shouldn't Be on Parallel Tracks': Law Firms Are Cutting Staff Without Considering the Mental Health of Those Left Behind

    This week's episode features a conversation with Patrick Krill, principal and founder of Krill Strategies, a behavioral health consulting firm focused exclusively on the legal industry. Krill raises an interesting and little-discussed point: as law firms continue to cut support staff and embrace automation, they’re limiting lawyers’ human interactions even further, which is likely to exacerbate feelings of isolation that so many in the industry already struggle with.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 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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