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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. 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.

Dec 6, 2019

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...


Nov 27, 2019

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.


Nov 22, 2019

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...


Nov 15, 2019

This week, Lisa Smith, a former associate at Shearman & Sterling who later worked in business development for Pillsbury Winthrop and Patterson Belknap, talks with Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate The American Lawyer. Smith, now a consultant at Lisa Smith Advisory, hit bottom with drugs and alcohol...


Nov 8, 2019

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...