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Being away for a midsummer vacay meant binge listening to LTN’s recent podcasts to catch up. For inspiration, laughs, and sober advice, I recommend the following playlist explaining #FreeBritney and covering the WALL-E of legal tech, surly judges, and SCOTUS poetry. #FreeBritney conservatorship explained Beyond the headlines and hype, a legal process is being used to control the assets earned by superstar Britney Spears.  The Chicago Bar Association’s At the Bar podcast explores a sensational…
This week’s solid listens include an inspiring founder’s story, the politics of quorum in Texas explained and approaches addressing homelessness in a meaningful way.  Persistence pays off When you know you’re right and everyone tells you you’re wrong, what do you do? If you’re Janine Sickmeyer, you move to the next conversation. You find a community of visionaries and bootstrap your dream into a reality. Sickmeyer, the founder of bankruptcy software company NextChapter, faced rejection…
Other than clean living, among the things better addressed sooner than later, is financial health. This is true whether you’re swimming in debt or have money to burn. In a two-part series, Young Lawyer Rising hosts and guest Ravi Ramanathan discuss the hot issue of paying down law school debt, saving for retirement, and entertainment spending.  The episodes put “Financial Wellness Minute” segment host Mathew Kerbis front and center in a casual but practical advice-packed…
When someone hires a lawyer, they are entitled to a level of zealous advocacy. Ethical guidelines bind the lawyer to be loyal and give their clients their all.  But there are limits to even zealous advocacy. To explore the limits and parse the suspension of Rudy Giuliani’s law license, Legal Talk Today host Laurence Colletti speaks with professional responsibility expert Stacie Rosenzweig. Rosenzweig, a lawyer for lawyers when they need a lawyer, explains the sometimes…
Rankings of all sorts can be controversial, especially for those being ranked when their numbers never materialize or slip. Yet, they continue to be incredibly important for the marketing of law schools, law firms, etc.  As long as consumers and clients care about rankings, they will exist.  On Thinking Like a Lawyer, Joe Patrice, Kathryn Rubino, and Chris Williams review Above the Law’s law school rankings. They share the top of the list and…
At the top end of the legal profession, in terms of pay, salary wars are well underway. Starting associate salaries have jumped over the $200K mark and are rising. But for much of the rest of the market, pricing takes on a whole other set of issues and consumer market pressures. Solo and small firm lawyers struggle to set competitive prices. With LegalZoom chomping at their heels, there’s a fear that hourly and project rates…
Look to the left, look to the right. If you’re a solo/small firm, it’s a fair bet that one of your firms has been a victim of a cyber attack. According to the 2020 ABA Tech Report, 29% of law firms have been hacked. That’s up from 26% in 2019.Security+ and GlobalMac IT CEO Tom Lambotte explains to Digital Detectives why solo/small firm lawyers fail to protect their sensitive information. He’s developed a…
Ever notice how when someone asks for reading recommendations on social media, the comment threads blow up?  Folks love to share their favorite reads. They seem to equally enjoy seeing what books are on the reading lists of their friends and professional associates. Confession: I save all those lists, and now I’m swimming a sea of too many good choices.  That said, I’m always up for a new list. So I was happy to see…
Focused on guests’ deep experience and expertise, the producers and hosts of the new Litigation Radio podcast are exploring the lives and practices of litigators. Produced monthly, shows are carefully planned to cover what it’s like to be a litigator, from finding purpose to understanding the history, nuances, and controversies of attorney-client privilege. Host Dave Scriven-Young With Chicago-based litigator Dave Scriven-Young as host, Litigation Radio seeks to go beyond sharing substantive information and instead reveal…
Decisions about law school were intensely complicated because of the pandemic. Should students go all in? Defer? Bail altogether?  Conversations on Above the Law’s Thinking Like a Lawyer and the ABA’s Law Student Podcast reveal the legal ed landscape is still pretty muddy.  On the positive side, jobs are opening up on traditional paths, and in areas law, students may not have considered before. Lauren Jackson offers her perspective as the associate director of career…