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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.

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...

Mar 15, 2019

Being an effective GC requires more than being a skilled lawyer. It takes business savvy.

Mar 6, 2019

In this week's podcast, we hear from legal education editor Karen Sloan about some surprises—and some market stability—gleaned from this year's Go-To Law Schools report, including changes to traditional on-campus interviewing.

Mar 1, 2019

It’s been one year since partners at U.S.-based Bryan Cave and London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner voted to combine, creating a firm with more than 1400 lawyers and offices across the globe. On the first day of the combination, there were balloons, champagne toasts and swag with the new firm logo. But what’s...