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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'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 editors Leigh Jones and Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Apr 19, 2019

In this week’s podcast, Mike France, a former Big Law attorney-turned-partner at advisory firm Brunswick Group, talks about the fight—yes, fight—that he says law firms need to prepare for when reporters come calling.

Apr 12, 2019 reporter Caroline Spiezio talks to former in-house leaders at top companies who are candid about what law firms need to do for their clients.

Apr 5, 2019

A 1995 Yale Law School graduate, Acker was a litigator at a number of major law firms, but these days she's a judge on Hot Bench, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin.

Mar 29, 2019

William Alsup was born in Jackson, Mississippi and came of age during an era when segregation was accepted by most whites. Today he's a federal judge in San Francisco. In this Legal Speak episode, Alsup, 73, describes the evolution of his views on race and why he decided to tell his story in new memoir. Legal Speak...

Mar 22, 2019

What separates a successful communications strategy from a forgettable one? Who should law firms have in mind when they craft their messaging? How can struggling partners win and keep clients? On this Legal Speak episode, Deborah Farone, the former chief marketing officer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, shares lessons from...