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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.

Oct 16, 2020

This week’s podcast is a conversation between Law.com business of law reporter Patrick Smith and Stephanie Biderman, a managing director of global consultancy Major Lindsey & Africa. They dive into the topic of associate life during COVID-19, discussing the challenges—and benefits—young lawyers have encountered...


Oct 9, 2020

Susman Godfrey's founder, Stephen Susman, died in July after a serious cycling accident and a bout with COVID-19. In August, the firm partnership elected Los Angeles litigator Kalpana Srinivasan to serve as a managing partner. She is the first woman and the first attorney outside Susman Godfrey’s Houston base to have...


Oct 2, 2020

So much for the wheels of justice turning slowly. These days, developments at the U.S. Supreme Court are moving at warp speed. On this episode, Law.com Supreme Court correspondent Marcia Coyle and federal litigation and politics reporter Jacqueline Thomsen discuss the upcoming term and how Trump's conservative court...


Sep 25, 2020

This week’s podcast is a conversation between Jonathan Ringel, the Atlanta-based managing editor of the Daily Report, and Chris Wilson, a corporate and finance partner at hybrid law firm Taylor English Duma, which has one office in Atlanta, and lawyers elsewhere who work remotely. Wilson talks about how his firm...


Sep 18, 2020

This week’s podcast features business of law reporter Patrick Smith's conversation with Seth Zachary, chairman of Am Law 50 firm Paul Hastings. Zachary talks about how his firm is faring during the pandemic, including its aggressive pursuit of lateral hires at a time when many other law firms have been forced to...