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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.

Nov 7, 2020

As a wild week came to a close (with still no closure), we spoke with ALM journalists who have been following both the leadup to and the aftermath of Election Day. In this episode, business of law reporter Dylan Jackson discusses his reporting on how lawyers and staff at law firms have attempted to stay focused on work this past week. Fellow business of law reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys explains why dealmakers remain optimistic about M&A next year, regardless of who the president is. And Pennsylvania bureau chief Max Mitchell talks election-related legal challenges in the battleground state. We also discuss the mental toll this election cycle has taken on lawyers and legal professionals.