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 Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

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    • 4.7, 30 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 Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

    ‘I Hope We All Keep Up the Momentum and Keep the Strength:’ Black Women Firm Leaders Speak

    ‘I Hope We All Keep Up the Momentum and Keep the Strength:’ Black Women Firm Leaders Speak

    Recent police killings of Black men and women has spurred a dialogue on racial injustice in the legal profession and a push for greater inclusion. On this episode, Grace Speights and Tara Elliott join The National Law Journal Editor in Chief Lisa Helem for a candid conversation. Speights, who leads the labor and employment practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and Elliott, an intellectual property litigator at Latham & Watkins, discuss the weighty conversations they’re having at their firms, what changes they hope to see, and how their roles as mothers has shaped each of their perspectives on racial justice.
     

    • 35 min
    ‘Pictures in My Head’: Black Law Deans Take on Racism in Legal Ed

    ‘Pictures in My Head’: Black Law Deans Take on Racism in Legal Ed

    On this week's podcast, Law.com legal education editor Karen Sloan talks with two black law deans about a new initiative to mobilize law schools and their communities in the fight for racial equality. Angela Onwuachi-Willig, dean of Boston University School of Law, and Danielle Conway, dean of Penn State Dickinson Law, explain what spurred the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project, the change they want to see in the legal academy, and the five phases of work they've laid out to help create greater racial equality inside their institutions and beyond.

    • 30 min
    ‘It’s OK Not to Be OK’: An In-House Leader’s Take on Guiding Resilient Teams

    ‘It’s OK Not to Be OK’: An In-House Leader’s Take on Guiding Resilient Teams

    With Uber's worldwide operations shaken up amid the coronavirus pandemic, Uber Technologies Associate GC Matt Wilson explains the strategies that help his team perform under pressure. Wilson, who leads Uber's 90-member legal team across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is passionate about fostering wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. He says it's up to leaders to build resilient teams where colleagues feel appreciated as individuals and where problems can be surfaced and resolved collaboratively.
     

    • 18 min
    'This Has to Be a Seminal Moment': Black Law Firm Leaders on Inequity, Ire and What Comes Next

    'This Has to Be a Seminal Moment': Black Law Firm Leaders on Inequity, Ire and What Comes Next

    On this episode, two prominent African American law firm leaders explore the context behind the frustration, sorrow and anger seen in protests around the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Scott Bolden, D.C. managing partner of Reed Smith, and Ben Wilson, chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, join National Law Journal Editor in Chief Lisa Helem to discuss their response to recent events, their own experiences with racism, and their hopes for greater understanding and inclusion in the legal profession and beyond. 

    • 30 min
    Times Are Tough! A Shame-Free Guide to Surviving Career Disruption

    Times Are Tough! A Shame-Free Guide to Surviving Career Disruption

    The legal industry shed 64,000 jobs in April as impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic permeated the economy. That leaves a lot of people figuring out the next steps of their careers in a difficult economic climate. On this episode, Baker Botts special counsel Cynthia Cole talks about losing her first job out of law school during the dot-com bust and shares advice for dealing with career disruption and how to talk about a layoff or professional setback once you get back into the job market. 
     

    • 19 min
    Back to Brick-and-Mortar: Law Firms Reopen S-L-O-W-L-Y in the COVID-19 Era.

    Back to Brick-and-Mortar: Law Firms Reopen S-L-O-W-L-Y in the COVID-19 Era.

    Temperature checks, plexiglass partitions and crowd-controlled elevator access are just some of what's in store at law offices for the foreseeable future as they begin to reopen in the COVID-19 era. In this Legal Speak podcast, Law.com business of law senior editor David Bario describes what the workplace will look like as lawyers return to their brick-and-mortar offices. Plus, one Legal Speak co-host bids adieu. 
     

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 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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