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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.

Oct 15, 2021

In this week's episode of's Legal Speak podcast, litigation reporter Cedra Mayfield talks with Dax Lopez, who recently went into private practice as a personal injury lawyer after 11 years on the bench as a state court judge in DeKalb County, Georgia. Lopez draws on the perspective he’s gained from both vantage points to explain what litigators should and, perhaps more importantly, shouldn’t do inside and outside the courtroom.