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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 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 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.