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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 6, 2019

As The American Lawyer, an affiliate of, turns 40 years old this year, we take a look at the publication’s impact on the legal profession—especially Big Law—since the magazine’s debut in 1979. In this episode, Steven Brill, the founder of The American Lawyer, talks with current editor-in-chief Gina Passarella about how the magazine put a spotlight on the business of law and attorney compensation at the most powerful firms in the country. Legal Speak is brought to you by Econ One, offering economic expertise, consulting and dispute resolution, and data analytics.