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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 Senior Litigation Reporter of the Daily Report Cedra Mayfield and Senior Staff Writer for the American Lawyer Patrick Smith, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

May 25, 2018

Not long ago, the idea of a self-executing contract enshrined in computer code sounded like science fiction. But with the rise of blockchain technology, so-called smart contracts are starting to enter the mainstream. While some lawyers are wary, others are building frameworks that would allow practitioners to more...

May 18, 2018

This week Legal Speak focuses on substance abuse and mental health problems plaguing the legal profession. We know from a 2016 breakthrough study that lawyers suffer from alcoholism, depression and anxiety at rates higher than in other professions.

May 11, 2018

This week we explore the rationale behind the “one-and-done” first-year exam model and how it's changing—ever slowly.

May 4, 2018

The country’s largest law firms are increasingly operating in an environment marked by volatility, where client demand ticks up one year and down the next. That leaves law firm managers to grapple with how to plan, how to budget and, not insignificantly, how to manage partner expectations. In this week’s Legal Speak...