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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 27, 2020

In today's episode, you'll hear from Bill Brandt, founder of DSI Civic, a financial restructuring firm. Brandt, who for 35 years has helped handle workouts, turnarounds and restructurings for nearly 40 law firms, talks about the comparisons and contrasts between the Great Recession and the current situation for law...

Mar 20, 2020

On this week's podcast, we check in with three lawyers to ask how they're coping with remote work in the age of COVID-19. Hear from Facebook deputy GC Paul Grewal, Orrick partner Kelsi Corkran and Stroock partner Kim Pagotto about the challenges, from sharing Wi-Fi and staying connected with colleagues to maintaining...

Mar 13, 2020

In this episode, we explore law student activism and how future attorneys attending law schools at Harvard, Yale, New York University and elsewhere are using their leverage to protest some of Big Law's policies and practices. We also dive into the major takeaways from the 2020 Go-To Law Schools report,'s annual...

Mar 6, 2020

The coronavirus has upended legal operations at law firms, in-house departments and law schools in the U.S. and abroad. In this episode, you’ll hear from journaiists who are closely covering how the legal industry is coping with the spread of COVID-19.