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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. 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 Editor-in-Chief Zack Needles and Newsroom Innovation Director Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Oct 22, 2021

In this week’s episode, Edelson PC Chief of Staff Kelsey McCann shares how the Chicago-based firm is diversifying its ranks by shattering the "illusion" that only Big Law can provide attorneys with stable, high-income careers.

Oct 15, 2021

In this week's episode of's Legal Speak podcast, litigation reporter Cedra Mayfield talks with Dax Lopez, who recently went into private practice as a personal injury lawyer after 11 years on the bench as a state court judge in DeKalb County, Georgia. Lopez draws on the perspective he’s gained from both...

Oct 8, 2021

This week's episode of's Legal Speak podcast focuses on an issue that plagues many professions but seems especially pronounced among attorneys. Business of law senior editor Lizzy McLellan speaks with Cameron Stout, a financial services defense litigator and mental health advocate, about the phenomenon...

Oct 3, 2021

In this week’s episode of Legal Speak, business of law reporter Patrick Smith chats with Rich Benenson, managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt, about how the hugely popular, high-end exercise bike has become something of a pandemic-era obsession for Big Law.


Sep 24, 2021

In this week's Legal Speak episode, Shannon Selden, a Debevoise & Plimpton partner and outside counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, presents the major legal questions she expects will be raised in upcoming arguments stemming from the U.S. Department of Justice’s action seeking to block Texas' SB-8.