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Everything you wished law school had taught you and nothing you wished it hadn't taught you. This short-run podcast explores the topics of whether starting your own law firm is for you, the logistics of starting a business, finding and hiring clients, and technology in law offices.

Latest Episodes

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 13: Ted Shouse: "I knew I could be a pretty good lawyer."

Louisville criminal defense attorney Ted Shouse joins Annie and Ben in studio as Let's Start a Law Firm's first‑ever guest. Ted began his career as a public defender and for eleven years worked across the state and in all levels of criminal defense: as a trial attorney, as an appellate attorney, and as Executive Director of the Kentucky Innocence Project where Ted and his staff worked to exonerate and free wrongfully-convicted individuals.

--2015 APR 22
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Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 13: Ted Shouse: "I knew I could be a pretty good lawyer."

Let's Start A Law Firm, Episode 12: Cubic Wombat Poop

Almost a year since their last episode, Annie and Ben crack their collective knuckles, clear their throats, and kick off Season Two of Let's Start a Law Firm with talk of trial prep, teasing future episodes, and, apparently, cubic wombat poop.

--2015 MAR 3
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Let's Start A Law Firm, Episode 12: Cubic Wombat Poop

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 11: Getting Better

EA few weeks into 2014, Annie and Ben discuss New Year's resolutions, how to set responsible goals, how having fun pays off, and how starting a business is really a process of self-discovery.Also, a Hitler-designed model for change. Show Notes for Episode 11: Getting BetterAnnie used the Plus–Delta Model to review her 2013.Annie has a new website! Kentucky's junior Senator, Rand Paul, started his own board so he could remain "board-certified".There's an alarm clock that donates to the charity of your choice when you hit the snooze button. StickK.com allows you to commit to a goal and donate money to a charity (maybe one you hate) if you're into that whole carrot-and-stick thing. Ben is using Strides App(on iTunes) to help track his progress (or non-progress) toward some of his goals for 2014. Here's a post from Ben about how Strides functions and how he's using it. The app is built to hel

49 min2014 MAR 6
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Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 11: Getting Better

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 10: Legal Research and Writing

Westlaw? LexisNexis? Casemaker? Fast Case? Private subscription? Public library? Annie and Ben talk about the programs and companies they use to do the legal research that supports their sparkling, incisive legal scholarship. What to know before you spend thousands of dollars on a multi-year contract with one of the jackals of the legal research world. Also, how legal writing is basically childbirth.

66 min2014 JAN 21
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Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 10: Legal Research and Writing

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 9: Approaches to Case Management

EBen and Annie walk all up and down the third rail of law firm management topics: case management software. Annie and Ben both use cloud-based solutions: Clio and Rocket Matter, respectively. There's stuff they love about their CMSs and stuff they want to change. Also: Annie describes her dictation workflow and Ben rants about fax machines.

60 min2014 JAN 6
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Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 9: Approaches to Case Management

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 8: Processing Words

EIn this episode, Annie and Ben discuss the programs they use to turn pixels into words, words into sentences, and sentences into motions and briefs—documents that, they hope, will turn into justice for their clients. Annie is experimenting with Scrivener, Ben is stuck in Microsoft Word, and they both rave about TextExpander. Also: Ben talks a little about typefaces and typography. ​

45 min2013 NOV 21
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Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 8: Processing Words

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 7: Getting Help, Part 2

EAnnie and Ben discuss the various avenues available to small firms and solo practitioners to get the legal work that needs doing done. When do you need to hire an associate? A paralegal? How does co-counseling a case work? When would you want to seek the help of a co-counsel? All this, plus law students, interns, administrative assistants, and contract attorneys. ​

45 min2013 OCT 31
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Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 7: Getting Help, Part 2

BONUS: Getting Things Done and the Law

In this informal bonus material, Ben and Annie discuss a few basic principles in David Allen's book, Getting Things Done, and how they use Omnifocus, Moleskines, Field Notes notebooks, and 3x5 cards to stay sane and practice law.

47 min2013 OCT 19
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BONUS: Getting Things Done and the Law

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 6: Getting Help, Part 1

EWhat is your job and what should be someone else's job when you're starting a law firm? Ben and Annie begin talking about the questions of whether and when and how to hire help by talking about an area in which they both (badly) needed help (and fast): bookkeeping. Quickbooks is the program that most bookkeepers use to keep books. Ben and Annie both tried with varying success to use it themselves to keep their books when starting out. We don't know anyone that loves Quickbooks. But, for double-entry bookkeeping, it's the lingua franca of the business world.Lynda.com: online tutorials for all sorts of things from photography, to computer programming, to, yes, Quickbooks.Quickbooks University: A Quickbooks training program by Mat HultquistAnnie's fru-fru college that didn't teach her math is New College. Other famous alums include David Allen and Merlin Mann. Austin Cooper, Ben's Louisvill

57 min2013 OCT 14
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Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 6: Getting Help, Part 1

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 5: The Law Firm Electric, Part I

EIn this episode, Annie and Ben survey the computer hardware they use in their law practices. They begin by encouraging lawyers to use whichever platform—Mac or PC—with which they're most comfortable. (Turns out, starting a business is not a great time to master new systems.) Then, our nerds reveal the computers, monitors, printers, scanners, and, yes, power strips they use to covert 1s and 0s into justice for the little guys and gals of Kentucky. ​

62 min2013 OCT 3
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 5: The Law Firm Electric, Part I

Latest Episodes

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 13: Ted Shouse: "I knew I could be a pretty good lawyer."

Louisville criminal defense attorney Ted Shouse joins Annie and Ben in studio as Let's Start a Law Firm's first‑ever guest. Ted began his career as a public defender and for eleven years worked across the state and in all levels of criminal defense: as a trial attorney, as an appellate attorney, and as Executive Director of the Kentucky Innocence Project where Ted and his staff worked to exonerate and free wrongfully-convicted individuals.

--2015 APR 22
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 13: Ted Shouse: "I knew I could be a pretty good lawyer."

Let's Start A Law Firm, Episode 12: Cubic Wombat Poop

Almost a year since their last episode, Annie and Ben crack their collective knuckles, clear their throats, and kick off Season Two of Let's Start a Law Firm with talk of trial prep, teasing future episodes, and, apparently, cubic wombat poop.

--2015 MAR 3
Comments
Let's Start A Law Firm, Episode 12: Cubic Wombat Poop

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 11: Getting Better

EA few weeks into 2014, Annie and Ben discuss New Year's resolutions, how to set responsible goals, how having fun pays off, and how starting a business is really a process of self-discovery.Also, a Hitler-designed model for change. Show Notes for Episode 11: Getting BetterAnnie used the Plus–Delta Model to review her 2013.Annie has a new website! Kentucky's junior Senator, Rand Paul, started his own board so he could remain "board-certified".There's an alarm clock that donates to the charity of your choice when you hit the snooze button. StickK.com allows you to commit to a goal and donate money to a charity (maybe one you hate) if you're into that whole carrot-and-stick thing. Ben is using Strides App(on iTunes) to help track his progress (or non-progress) toward some of his goals for 2014. Here's a post from Ben about how Strides functions and how he's using it. The app is built to hel

49 min2014 MAR 6
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 11: Getting Better

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 10: Legal Research and Writing

Westlaw? LexisNexis? Casemaker? Fast Case? Private subscription? Public library? Annie and Ben talk about the programs and companies they use to do the legal research that supports their sparkling, incisive legal scholarship. What to know before you spend thousands of dollars on a multi-year contract with one of the jackals of the legal research world. Also, how legal writing is basically childbirth.

66 min2014 JAN 21
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 10: Legal Research and Writing

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 9: Approaches to Case Management

EBen and Annie walk all up and down the third rail of law firm management topics: case management software. Annie and Ben both use cloud-based solutions: Clio and Rocket Matter, respectively. There's stuff they love about their CMSs and stuff they want to change. Also: Annie describes her dictation workflow and Ben rants about fax machines.

60 min2014 JAN 6
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 9: Approaches to Case Management

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 8: Processing Words

EIn this episode, Annie and Ben discuss the programs they use to turn pixels into words, words into sentences, and sentences into motions and briefs—documents that, they hope, will turn into justice for their clients. Annie is experimenting with Scrivener, Ben is stuck in Microsoft Word, and they both rave about TextExpander. Also: Ben talks a little about typefaces and typography. ​

45 min2013 NOV 21
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 8: Processing Words

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 7: Getting Help, Part 2

EAnnie and Ben discuss the various avenues available to small firms and solo practitioners to get the legal work that needs doing done. When do you need to hire an associate? A paralegal? How does co-counseling a case work? When would you want to seek the help of a co-counsel? All this, plus law students, interns, administrative assistants, and contract attorneys. ​

45 min2013 OCT 31
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 7: Getting Help, Part 2

BONUS: Getting Things Done and the Law

In this informal bonus material, Ben and Annie discuss a few basic principles in David Allen's book, Getting Things Done, and how they use Omnifocus, Moleskines, Field Notes notebooks, and 3x5 cards to stay sane and practice law.

47 min2013 OCT 19
Comments
BONUS: Getting Things Done and the Law

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 6: Getting Help, Part 1

EWhat is your job and what should be someone else's job when you're starting a law firm? Ben and Annie begin talking about the questions of whether and when and how to hire help by talking about an area in which they both (badly) needed help (and fast): bookkeeping. Quickbooks is the program that most bookkeepers use to keep books. Ben and Annie both tried with varying success to use it themselves to keep their books when starting out. We don't know anyone that loves Quickbooks. But, for double-entry bookkeeping, it's the lingua franca of the business world.Lynda.com: online tutorials for all sorts of things from photography, to computer programming, to, yes, Quickbooks.Quickbooks University: A Quickbooks training program by Mat HultquistAnnie's fru-fru college that didn't teach her math is New College. Other famous alums include David Allen and Merlin Mann. Austin Cooper, Ben's Louisvill

57 min2013 OCT 14
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 6: Getting Help, Part 1

Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 5: The Law Firm Electric, Part I

EIn this episode, Annie and Ben survey the computer hardware they use in their law practices. They begin by encouraging lawyers to use whichever platform—Mac or PC—with which they're most comfortable. (Turns out, starting a business is not a great time to master new systems.) Then, our nerds reveal the computers, monitors, printers, scanners, and, yes, power strips they use to covert 1s and 0s into justice for the little guys and gals of Kentucky. ​

62 min2013 OCT 3
Comments
Let's Start a Law Firm, Episode 5: The Law Firm Electric, Part I
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