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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.

Dec 6, 2019

This week we're focused on the historically high number of judges appointed to the federal bench by President Trump. As of late November, the Senate had confirmed a total of 48 of Trump’s nominations to the federal appeals courts, more than any other president at this stage of his presidency. To explore the impact of these appointments, litigation reporter Jacqueline Thomsen interviews Russell Wheeler. A visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, Wheeler describes the “bulldozer efficiency” that the Trump administration has used to get his picks on the bench.