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Welcome to the Legal Toolkit, where you'll get the latest trends and business initiatives that help your law firm everyday. Hear from the experts setting the standards for the legal, insurance, and law enforcement industries. You're listening to the Legal Talk Network!

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Welcome to the Legal Toolkit, where you'll get the latest trends and business initiatives that help your law firm everyday. Hear from the experts setting the standards for the legal, insurance, and law enforcement industries. You're listening to the Legal Talk Network!

    The LawPay/MyCase Sitch with Dru Armstrong; & “Florida Man: Texas Edition”

    The LawPay/MyCase Sitch with Dru Armstrong; & “Florida Man: Texas Edition”

    The legal tech space has been abuzz since LawPay’s acquisition of MyCase, so what’s the latest with this development? Jared goes to the source and talks with Dru Armstrong, CEO of LawPay, on the deep integrations the acquisition promises to bring about to better serve the unique needs of law firms.
    Later on in the Rump Roast Jared puts Dru through a challenging game of “What Would Florida Man Do?: Texas Edition.”
    Dru Armstrong is CEO of LawPay.
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    Since LawPay is based in Austin, let's hear some Texas songs!
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    Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.
    The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.
    Our closing track is Huzzah River Blues by Desert Dive.

    • 38 min
    Jared’s Take on Law Firm Fees; The Coolness of the Indy Bar; & “Hoosier Hysteria”

    Jared’s Take on Law Firm Fees; The Coolness of the Indy Bar; & “Hoosier Hysteria”

    Every bar association is unique, so there’s a whole lot we can learn from each other. Jared chats with Julie Armstrong, executive director at the Indianapolis Bar Association, about the importance of being a culturally aware and forward-thinking organization. Julie shares their approach to strategic planning and discusses how new programs are developed by talking with members and non-members alike to understand the needs of their legal community.
    And, Jared monologues on law firm fees—every lawyer’s favorite topic! We know you hate talking about money, but, honestly, you really need to. Jared’s got plenty of tips on setting appropriate fees and sticking to ‘em like glue.
    As always, Jared finishes things off with the Rump Roast. He and Julie play “Hoosier Hysteria,” an Indiana trivia game highlighting popcorn, baseball, the Jackson 5, and more.
    Julie Armstrong is the executive director at the Indianapolis Bar Association & Foundation.
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    Since we talked about the unendingly interesting state of Indiana. So, let's celebrate the Midwest . . . in song!
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    Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.
    The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.
    Our closing track is Starfruit by PALA.

    • 34 min
    The R-Rated Comedy Drought; Workload Management for Law Firms; & “The Jeffrey Toobin Experience”

    The R-Rated Comedy Drought; Workload Management for Law Firms; & “The Jeffrey Toobin Experience”

    When new work comes into your law firm, whose desk should it land on? Oftentimes, the workload falls too heavily on a few, rather than being balanced amongst firm members. Jared brings on Dov Slansky to talk us through operational structure and how adaptable technology can help workloads in your law firm get pushed through to the right people.
    Also–calling out the movie industry here–you’ve been failing Jared with a serious lack of R-rated comedies in the past decade or so. Can you guys do something about that?
    Finally, our Rump Roast topic centers around “The Jeffrey Toobin Experience.” Jared proclaims Dov a video-conference etiquette expert, so the guys examine a variety of real-life workplace Zoom blunders to get Dov’s take on how to avoid tanking your career.
    Dov Slansky is an accomplished attorney and Vice President at Litify.
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    In honor of the legendary Ricky Bobby, let's listen to some songs about racing. Start your engines!
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    Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.
    The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.
    Our closing track is Finessed by JessGuy.

    • 41 min
    5 Upgrades for Engagement Agreements; Lean Law with Larry Port & Dave Maxfield; & “Disposable Income”

    5 Upgrades for Engagement Agreements; Lean Law with Larry Port & Dave Maxfield; & “Disposable Income”

    A real shocker, we know, but many law firms are still struggling with efficiency. Surely you’re not among them… ahem… but, just in case, Jared welcomes Larry Port and Dave Maxfield, authors of The Lean Law Firm and its accompanying training course, to help lawyers understand how to streamline processes and increase profitability. 
    And, the term ‘fee agreement’ really doesn’t cut it, so Jared’s here to clue you in on crafting an ‘engagement agreement’ with his top five tips. 
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    On the Rump Roast, Jared, Larry, and Dave play “Disposable Income,” where they examine some of the crazy stuff rich people buy and whether they’d do the same if they had money to throw away.  
    Larry Port, CEO of Rocket Matter, is also a speaker and award winning writer at the crossroads of the legal profession and cutting edge technology.
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    And in honor of all the stupid stuff people buy, here are some songs about straight, cash-money!

    • 39 min
    Talent Search Tactics & The Legal Job Market

    Talent Search Tactics & The Legal Job Market

    Employers have experienced massive shifts in hiring practices the past few pandemic-affected years, and those who leaned into hybrid/remote work scooped up quality talent left and right. But, nowadays, law firms are discovering that new talent is harder and harder to find. It seems that strategic planning and a flexible mindset are key in our current hiring market, so Jared brings on Anna Saunders to talk through what employers need to know about successful tactics for legal hiring.
    And, Jared offers his two cents on talent searches for your law firm, emphasizing how to use the connections and tools you already have to find new attorneys for your firm.
    Later on in the Rump Roast, Jared and Anna play “Workin’ It,” where Anna must guess the salaries of quirky jobs you quite possibly didn’t know existed.
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    If you haven't noticed, it's HOT. So here are some songs to cool you down.
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    Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.
    The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.
    Our closing track is Inlet by Sam Barsh.

    • 42 min
    Content Marketing with Real Personality; Perfect Albums Vol. 2; and a Game Called “Bag of Dicks”

    Content Marketing with Real Personality; Perfect Albums Vol. 2; and a Game Called “Bag of Dicks”

    Being so weird, so unique, so nerdy, and so “you” CAN actually be the foundation of your business plan. Jared talks with Mike Whelan about the ins and outs of using personality-driven content creation to grow your law firm. Worried that you don’t have a personality? Well, don’t worry–you do! Mike offers tons of insights on recognizing your strengths, translating them into content ideas, and using them to “be yourself out loud.”
    Later, the Rump Roast returns! In yet another questionable, made-up trivia game—”Bag of Dicks”—Jared quizzes Mike on a variety of “Dicks” throughout history, sports, pop culture, and more.
    In Jared’s opinion, a perfect album not only contains no bad songs, but also encapsulates the time period in which it was created. So, perfect album number two is – Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” of 1993. Jared talks us through what he considers to be the greatest rap album of all time, with Snoop Dogg’s musical genius on full display in its adroit illustration of the early 90s west coast scene.
    Mike Whelan, Jr. is an attorney, author, and CEO at Lawyer Forward, a community of attorneys looking for practical ways to advance their practices.
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    Don't you dare stop at just 'Doggystyle'. Check out these classic 90's rap tunes we've put together for you.
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    Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.
    The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.
    Our closing track is Space Money by Ghost Beatz.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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