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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.

May 12, 2021

This week's episode features a conversation with Patrick Krill, principal and founder of Krill Strategies, a behavioral health consulting firm focused exclusively on the legal industry. Krill raises an interesting and little-discussed point: as law firms continue to cut support staff and embrace automation,...


Apr 30, 2021

Despite—or, perhaps more accurately, because of—its rocky start, 2020 ended up being a banner year for Big Law financials. The pandemic forced law firms to cut costs in a major way, but there was a lot more than that behind firms’ soaring profits.<br/><br/>

In this week's episode, Gina Passarella, ALM’s...


Apr 20, 2021

This week's Legal Speak features reporter Cheryl Miller's conversation with attorney Dustin Robinson, whose Florida-based law firm is called Mr. Cannabis Law. Robinson and his colleagues represent clients in the marijuana and psychedelics space in everything from real estate deals, and M&A to IP and licensing. Robinson...


Apr 16, 2021

Legal recruiter Keith Wetmore discusses how the shift to remote work may help associates on their path to partnership, and why that change has been particularly tough on lawyers who are just starting their Big Law careers. 


Apr 9, 2021

In this week’s episode of Legal Speak, reporters from across Law.com's global newsroom discuss the aspects of remote work that are likely to stick for various sectors of the industry post-pandemic. Karen Sloan, who in addition to Legal Speak's co-host is Law.com’s legal education editor and senior writer, discusses...