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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.

Jan 15, 2021

Latham & Watkins litigation chair Michele Johnson shares her predictions for 2021 and discusses what courtroom technology changes may stick around beyond the pandemic.


Jan 8, 2021

In this week's episode, business of law reporter Dan Packel talks with consultant Marcie Borgal Shunk, president and founder of The Tilt Institute in Houston, about what lies ahead for law firms following one of the most transformative years the legal industry has ever experienced.

Dec 18, 2020

As we say goodbye to 2020, we’re taking a look back at some of our standout Legal Speak podcasts during the past year with a focus on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear clips from our favorite interviews on law firm leadership, remote business development strategies, virtual trials and the challenges...

Dec 11, 2020

It’s now been more than six months since the killing of George Floyd. On this podcast, we hear from diversity leaders at three Am Law 200 law firms: Yusuf Zakir, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Davis Wright Tremaine; Fenimore Fisher, chief diversity and inclusion officer at DLA Piper; and Narges Kakalia,...

Dec 4, 2020

This week's podcast explores a potential dark side of the legal industry's shift to remote working. editor Jonathan Ringel and legal recruiter Richard Hsu of Major, Lindsey & Africa discuss whether offices will still play a role in the legal profession post-pandemic. Hsu says firms that adopt a hybrid system in...