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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.

Sep 10, 2021

In this week’s episode, 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 the potential cost of doing so. Barden and Ostolaza, who will be the first woman to lead Sidley in its 155-year history, discuss the firm’s philosophy on succession planning and its approach to cultivating a new generation of law firm leadership that is both diverse and innovative.