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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 Law.com 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.

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.


Sep 17, 2021

This week’s episode of Law.com's Legal Speak features Law.com Editor-in-Chief Zack Needles' interview with legal recruiter-turned-career coach Steve Seckler. While the conversation around succession planning often centers on how to bring up the next generation of leadership, Seckler delves into an equally important...


Sep 10, 2021

In this week’s episode, Law.com business of law reporter Dylan Jackson talks to Yvette Ostolaza, the chair-elect of Sidley’s management committee, and Larry Barden, the firm’s outgoing chair. The conversation centers on the timeless topic of succession planning--an area too many firms neglect despite knowing...


Aug 27, 2021

We’ll be back in two weeks with new episodes, but until then we’re highlighting an interview from June that you might have missed on a topic that never goes out of style. is your chance to get some pointers on legal writing from a sitting judge without worrying about having your motion tossed out. Am Law...


Aug 20, 2021

In this week’s episode, business of law reporter Patrick Smith and McDermott Will & Emery chairman Ira Coleman discuss how to change the current law firm model to emphasize personal and professional fulfillment. After conversations with organizational psychologists and behaviorists, Coleman has decided the pathway...