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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Sponsored by Econ One and brought to you by Law.com's global network of reporters and editors. 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 editors Leigh Jones and Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Latest Episodes

'It Was a Constant, Daily Stressor': This Law Grad Got $221K in Student Loans Wiped Out. Who's Next?

Kevin Rosenberg, a 2004 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, who recently convinced the New York's chief bankruptcy judge in the Southern District to discharge more than $200,000 he was carrying in student loan debt, talks with Law.com reporter Karen Sloan about the decisionthat's making waves in the bankruptcy world.Sloan also talks with JasonIuliano, a professor at Villanova University CharlesWidgerSchool of Law who has spent 10 years studying student loan debt. He explains what Rosenberg’s case could mean for other student loan debtors.

38 MIN7 h ago
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'It Was a Constant, Daily Stressor': This Law Grad Got $221K in Student Loans Wiped Out. Who's Next?

‘Big Law Loves Litigation Financing’: Legalist’s GC Breaks It Down

In this week's Legal Speak podcast from Law.com, host Vanessa Blum talks with Curtis Smolar, general counsel of litigation finance startup Legalist. Smolar, an experienced litigator, discusses his transition from a major law firm to a scrappy startup and shares what he’s learned about litigation funding along the way, including how third-party financing can help Big Law attorneys grow their business. This 20-minute episode also explores the role of legal analytics in vetting cases and where human expertise comes in.Legal Speak is brought to you byEcon One, offering economic expertise, consulting and dispute resolution.

22 MIN1 w ago
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‘Big Law Loves Litigation Financing’: Legalist’s GC Breaks It Down

Tear Down the Window-Dressing: Big Law Policies That Actually Support Women

We take a close look at the culmination of factors that drive women attorneys out of Big Law and—importantly—how to stem the exodus. Law.com reporter Dylan Jackson talks with Michelle Browning Coughlin, a partner at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs who is also the founder of the Mothers Esquire, a nonprofit group focused on advancing women in the legal profession. They discuss a recent study byLaw.com affiliate ALM Intelligence and American Bar Association, which founda huge gender divide when it comes to lawyers' satisfaction with their firm's operations and policies for women’s advancement.

31 MIN2 w ago
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Tear Down the Window-Dressing: Big Law Policies That Actually Support Women

All Things Re-Considered: Hot Legal Topics in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our standout episodes during the past year. Among the topics were mental health challenges within law firms, including with staff. We also looked at Big Law defections to boutiques, in-house frustrations with outside counsel, and the growing cannabis industry. Take a listen.

32 MIN2019 DEC 21
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All Things Re-Considered: Hot Legal Topics in 2019

OK, Boomer. Here's What You Need To Know About Legal Tech Trends

Time waits for no one. So in this episode we're exploring changes in legal tech that developed this year and what we can expect in 2020. Zach Warren, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate Legaltech News, talks with James McKenna, chief information officer at Fenwick & West and president of the International Legal Technology Association.

26 MIN2019 DEC 14
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OK, Boomer. Here's What You Need To Know About Legal Tech Trends

All The President's Judges: The Impact of Trump's Record-Setting Appointments

This week we're focused on the historically high number of judges appointed to the federal bench by President Trump. As of late November, the Senate had confirmed a total of 48 of Trump’s nominations to the federal appeals courts, more than any other president at this stage of his presidency. To explore the impact of these appointments, Law.com litigation reporter Jacqueline Thomsen interviews Russell Wheeler. A visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, Wheeler describes the “bulldozer efficiency” that the Trump administration has used to get his picks on the bench.

21 MIN2019 DEC 7
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All The President's Judges: The Impact of Trump's Record-Setting Appointments

Bonus Episode: ‘The Butterfly Effect’ of Building Lawyer Resilience

Adam Markel, a former practicing lawyer who now writes and speaks about mental health fitness, talks with Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate The American Lawyer, about making small life changes to achieve self-care in the demanding profession of practicing law.

24 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Bonus Episode: ‘The Butterfly Effect’ of Building Lawyer Resilience

Failures and Flameouts: Why Law Firms Collapse

The bankruptcy of LeClairRyan in September presents the common tale of a once-thriving law firm that ends up in ruin. A firm that in its heyday had $163 million in gross revenue, LeClairRyan joins the heap of other Big Law failures. To explore the similarities in these insolvencies and how other law firms can avoid making the same fatal moves, Law.com business of law reporter and editor Lizzy McLellan talks with Bill Brandt. Founder of DSI Civic, a financial restructuring firm, Brandt has helped handle workouts, turnarounds and restructurings for 36 law firms, including some of the biggest.

19 MIN2019 NOV 23
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Failures and Flameouts: Why Law Firms Collapse

This Big-Law Veteran Hit Rock Bottom. Here’s How She Got Sober.

This week,Lisa Smith, a former associate atShearman& Sterling who later worked in business development for Pillsbury Winthrop and Patterson Belknap, talks withGinaPassarella, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate The American Lawyer. Smith, now a consultant at Lisa Smith Advisory, hit bottom with drugs and alcohol some 15 years ago, and she shares withPassarellathe details about her path to recovery.

27 MIN2019 NOV 16
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This Big-Law Veteran Hit Rock Bottom. Here’s How She Got Sober.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Life After Law Firm Leadership

This week, we’re exploring what comes next for law firm leaders at the end of their tenure. Law.com reporter Patrick Smith talks with Terry Pritchard, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, whose term as co-chair of the firm will end this year. Smith also talks with Keith Wetmore, former chairman of Morrison & Foerster, who stepped down from the top job in 2012 and who is now managing director at legal recruiter Major, Lindsey & Africa.

20 MIN2019 NOV 9
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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Life After Law Firm Leadership

Latest Episodes

'It Was a Constant, Daily Stressor': This Law Grad Got $221K in Student Loans Wiped Out. Who's Next?

Kevin Rosenberg, a 2004 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, who recently convinced the New York's chief bankruptcy judge in the Southern District to discharge more than $200,000 he was carrying in student loan debt, talks with Law.com reporter Karen Sloan about the decisionthat's making waves in the bankruptcy world.Sloan also talks with JasonIuliano, a professor at Villanova University CharlesWidgerSchool of Law who has spent 10 years studying student loan debt. He explains what Rosenberg’s case could mean for other student loan debtors.

38 MIN7 h ago
Comments
'It Was a Constant, Daily Stressor': This Law Grad Got $221K in Student Loans Wiped Out. Who's Next?

‘Big Law Loves Litigation Financing’: Legalist’s GC Breaks It Down

In this week's Legal Speak podcast from Law.com, host Vanessa Blum talks with Curtis Smolar, general counsel of litigation finance startup Legalist. Smolar, an experienced litigator, discusses his transition from a major law firm to a scrappy startup and shares what he’s learned about litigation funding along the way, including how third-party financing can help Big Law attorneys grow their business. This 20-minute episode also explores the role of legal analytics in vetting cases and where human expertise comes in.Legal Speak is brought to you byEcon One, offering economic expertise, consulting and dispute resolution.

22 MIN1 w ago
Comments
‘Big Law Loves Litigation Financing’: Legalist’s GC Breaks It Down

Tear Down the Window-Dressing: Big Law Policies That Actually Support Women

We take a close look at the culmination of factors that drive women attorneys out of Big Law and—importantly—how to stem the exodus. Law.com reporter Dylan Jackson talks with Michelle Browning Coughlin, a partner at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs who is also the founder of the Mothers Esquire, a nonprofit group focused on advancing women in the legal profession. They discuss a recent study byLaw.com affiliate ALM Intelligence and American Bar Association, which founda huge gender divide when it comes to lawyers' satisfaction with their firm's operations and policies for women’s advancement.

31 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Tear Down the Window-Dressing: Big Law Policies That Actually Support Women

All Things Re-Considered: Hot Legal Topics in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our standout episodes during the past year. Among the topics were mental health challenges within law firms, including with staff. We also looked at Big Law defections to boutiques, in-house frustrations with outside counsel, and the growing cannabis industry. Take a listen.

32 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
All Things Re-Considered: Hot Legal Topics in 2019

OK, Boomer. Here's What You Need To Know About Legal Tech Trends

Time waits for no one. So in this episode we're exploring changes in legal tech that developed this year and what we can expect in 2020. Zach Warren, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate Legaltech News, talks with James McKenna, chief information officer at Fenwick & West and president of the International Legal Technology Association.

26 MIN2019 DEC 14
Comments
OK, Boomer. Here's What You Need To Know About Legal Tech Trends

All The President's Judges: The Impact of Trump's Record-Setting Appointments

This week we're focused on the historically high number of judges appointed to the federal bench by President Trump. As of late November, the Senate had confirmed a total of 48 of Trump’s nominations to the federal appeals courts, more than any other president at this stage of his presidency. To explore the impact of these appointments, Law.com litigation reporter Jacqueline Thomsen interviews Russell Wheeler. A visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, Wheeler describes the “bulldozer efficiency” that the Trump administration has used to get his picks on the bench.

21 MIN2019 DEC 7
Comments
All The President's Judges: The Impact of Trump's Record-Setting Appointments

Bonus Episode: ‘The Butterfly Effect’ of Building Lawyer Resilience

Adam Markel, a former practicing lawyer who now writes and speaks about mental health fitness, talks with Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate The American Lawyer, about making small life changes to achieve self-care in the demanding profession of practicing law.

24 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Bonus Episode: ‘The Butterfly Effect’ of Building Lawyer Resilience

Failures and Flameouts: Why Law Firms Collapse

The bankruptcy of LeClairRyan in September presents the common tale of a once-thriving law firm that ends up in ruin. A firm that in its heyday had $163 million in gross revenue, LeClairRyan joins the heap of other Big Law failures. To explore the similarities in these insolvencies and how other law firms can avoid making the same fatal moves, Law.com business of law reporter and editor Lizzy McLellan talks with Bill Brandt. Founder of DSI Civic, a financial restructuring firm, Brandt has helped handle workouts, turnarounds and restructurings for 36 law firms, including some of the biggest.

19 MIN2019 NOV 23
Comments
Failures and Flameouts: Why Law Firms Collapse

This Big-Law Veteran Hit Rock Bottom. Here’s How She Got Sober.

This week,Lisa Smith, a former associate atShearman& Sterling who later worked in business development for Pillsbury Winthrop and Patterson Belknap, talks withGinaPassarella, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate The American Lawyer. Smith, now a consultant at Lisa Smith Advisory, hit bottom with drugs and alcohol some 15 years ago, and she shares withPassarellathe details about her path to recovery.

27 MIN2019 NOV 16
Comments
This Big-Law Veteran Hit Rock Bottom. Here’s How She Got Sober.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Life After Law Firm Leadership

This week, we’re exploring what comes next for law firm leaders at the end of their tenure. Law.com reporter Patrick Smith talks with Terry Pritchard, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, whose term as co-chair of the firm will end this year. Smith also talks with Keith Wetmore, former chairman of Morrison & Foerster, who stepped down from the top job in 2012 and who is now managing director at legal recruiter Major, Lindsey & Africa.

20 MIN2019 NOV 9
Comments
Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Life After Law Firm Leadership
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