Legal Rebels Podcast

51 ABA Journal Legal Rebels Podcast articles.

Reinventing the staid field of legal academic writing
Legal academic publishing isn't synonymous with innovation. The mere mention of it can, for some, bring up repressed memories of the most banal and stuffy aspects of law school. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to change that.
Listen to our 10 favorite podcast episodes of 2019
Looking for a new listen? We've picked our favorite 2019 episodes from each of the ABA Journal's three podcasts. And if this whets your appetite, you can find more than nine years of past episodes on our podcast page or your favorite podcast listening service.
Finding your niche: How one lawyer built a practice by defending a notorious accused hacker

Tor Ekeland’s advice to others looking to hang their shingle? Stay hungry and don’t shy away from imperfect—or even unpaid—opportunities. “The opportunities and taking the risks in one area put you in contact with a whole host of people,” he says.

Diversity in the legal tech community has been slow but steady

In this new episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, the ABA Journal’s Jason Tashea talks to Kristen Sonday of Paladin, a platform that helps organizations manage, staff and track pro bono efforts, about the slowly growing diversity in legal tech.

Expunging records with new technology

In this new episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, Legal Affairs Writer Jason Tashea talks to professors Colleen Chien and Sarah Lageson about their research into the modern trials and tribulations of expungement and sealing of criminal records.

Exploring new frontiers in research for the legal industry

In this new episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, the ABA Journal’s Jason Tashea talks to legal tech blogger Bob Ambrogi and Andrew Arruda, CEO of artificial intelligence company Ross Intelligence, about what new technology and AI can do for legal research.

How experiential learning in law schools became widely accepted
When Rodney Smolla was featured as a Legal Rebel in 2009, he was in the midst of leading an innovative plan at Washington and Lee University School of Law, which involved eliminating traditional third-year coursework and replacing it with experiential learning.
What’s your brand? Max Miller has some thoughts
It's good to be seen as a "thought leader," but don't call yourself that in marketing materials, says lawyer, professor and small business owner Max Miller.
Avvo founder unwinds as he thinks about the next step

Mark Britton, the former CEO and founder of the attorney ratings site Avvo, is taking a break. But he has some business development advice for the profession, he tells the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward.

David Van Zandt has made a career out of touching third rails in higher education
When David Van Zandt became dean of what is now Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law in 1995, he faced a steep learning curve. Up until then, he had never managed an organization of more than a few people.
Nonprofit law pioneer applauds ‘low bono’ growth
Before they were buzzwords, Luz Herrera was a pioneer in the world of "low bono" practice, nonprofit law firms and legal incubators. All three innovations have blossomed and spread across the country since then.
Not content with retirement, Jeff Carr continues the fight against billable hours

Jeff Carr has been on a 40-year path of improving lawyer efficiency and effectiveness. “There’s an old saying that if you pay for service by the hour, you buy hours and not service,” he says. “And I still believe that very much.”

Leading advocate for diversity in legal industry hasn’t seen much progress in 10 years

In the 10 years since Emery K. Harlan, co-founder of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms, was featured as an ABA Journal Legal Rebel, he says little has changed for diversity in the profession.

From consulting to politics, former Orrick CEO continues to beat the drum for change
When Ralph Baxter joined the inaugural class of Legal Rebels in 2009, he was the CEO and chairman of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Just a year into the biggest recession since the Great Depression, he caught the ABA Journal’s attention through his initiatives that took Orrick from a domestic, California-based firm to an international heavyweight while navigating economic turbulence.
Young lawyers can be technophobes too, says legal tech entrepreneur Monica Goyal
Many lawyers are reluctant to adopt new legal technology, says Monica Goyal, who developed platforms including My Legal Briefcase, which helps parties in the Canadian small claims courts, and Aluvion Law, which uses automation to cut legal services costs for small businesses.

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