Year in Review

Listen to our 10 favorite podcast episodes of 2020

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Looking for a new listen? We've picked our favorite 2020 episodes from each of the ABA Journal's three podcasts. And if this whets your appetite, find more than 10 years of past episodes on our podcast page or check out more legal podcasts from our producers at Legal Talk Network.

Asked and Answered
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Asked and Answered interviews experts to offer tips and advice for lawyers’ lives. Subscribe and never miss an episode.
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Getting real: What happens when clients go on reality TV: ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with two lawyers and a TV showrunner, who all are involved in the world of reality television.

Trials and tiaras: How do pageant winners fare as lawyers?: What are two activities where success comes from reading a room, speaking with authority and not appearing nervous, even if you are? Trying cases in court and also beauty pageants.

This law prof has been fighting off Twitter trolls during the coronavirus crisis: While Veena Dubal was adapting to working at home with three young children during the COVID-19 pandemic, the “reply guys” came after the California law professor on Twitter for her support of a 2020 state law that extends employee classification status to gig workers.

Legal Rebels Podcast
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The Legal Rebels Podcast speaks with trailblazers and explores legal tech trends. Subscribe and never miss an episode.
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Constant communication has been key amid COVID-19, law school dean says: The University of California at Irvine School of Law decided in March that all classes would be moved online because of the spread of COVID-19. L. Song Richardson, the law school’s dean, walked the ABA Journal’s Lyle Moran through the school’s decision-making process.

Bench trial by video? This lawyer says it went better than expected: Though the video proceedings were not without some technical challenges, Kathy Ehrhart, a partner at Freeborn & Peters in Chicago, says the overall experience was better than she expected.

Firms of the future: COVID-19 prompts more law firms to pursue real estate downsizing: In recent years, a growing number of law firms reduced their brick-and-mortar office space as a way to cut costs and also better meet the changing workplace needs of their attorneys.

The Modern Law Library
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The Modern Law Library showcases books and authors with a legal connection. Subscribe and never miss an episode.
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Knowing when to tell your client no and other ethical dilemmas: One of the most important ethical obligations a lawyer has is knowing when to tell their client no. But how do you know when that moment has come, and how do you deal with it? For legal ethics experts Lawrence J. Fox and Susan R. Martyn, teaching their fellow attorneys how to cope has been a passion for years.

What should you read about COVID-19? We asked an epidemiologist: In late March as the country was beginning to lock down, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles called her friend Mary Lancaster, an epidemiologist for the federal government, to discover how she evaluates the trustworthiness of news sources—and what she reads to take her mind off pandemics.

Lawyer recounts the life and legacy of the mysterious man behind Pilates: In 1963, John Howard Steel was a 28-year-old attorney with a challenging litigation practice, an unhappy marriage and a stiff neck. At the urging of his mother, Steel decided to try physical therapy at a gym owned by an elderly German immigrant named Joseph Pilates. It was a decision that would change Steel’s life.

We need to reckon with feminism’s contributions to mass incarceration, says law professor: As a law professor at the University of Colorado Law School, Aya Gruber has seen her Millennial students wrestle with a contradiction that she has long struggled with herself.

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