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Could you be replaced by a robot lawyer?

Do you really need a human for the so-called human touch in lawyering, particularly when a big part of the job is convincing the client to be reasonable? Maybe not, according to some people who created apps that they claim help people accomplish tasks traditionally carried out by lawyers.

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Dems, GOP Bring in Military Officers to Discuss Kagan’s Harvard Policies (Podcast)

Yesterday afternoon, in the tradition of U.S Supreme Court confirmation hearings, witnesses came in to testify regarding Elena Kagan’s nomination. Among others, Democrats brought in thepresident of the Harvard Law Armed Forces Association; and Republicans brought in two retired officers and an Army National Guard captain to testify about Kagan’s military recruiting policies while dean of Harvard Law School.

To hear about these and other key witnesses from Thursday, Richard Brust, the ABA Journal’s U.S. Supreme Court editor, debriefs reporter Mark Walsh, who is covering the confirmation hearing for the Journal. Walsh is calling in from one of the Senate’s old-fashioned phone booths.

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Law School Cases, Press Coverage and Other Notable Items (Podcast)

The Senate Judiciary Committee has finished questioning U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Still to come today is testimony from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary regarding its “well qualified” rating of Kagan.

To take a look at the testimony left for today and a look back at issues of interest in the first three days of the hearing, such as questions about Kagan’s curriculum calls as dean of Harvard Law School, Richard Brust, the ABA Journal’s U.S. Supreme Court editor, debriefs reporter Mark Walsh, who is covering the confirmation hearing for the Journal.

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GOP Takes 2nd Round: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Military Recruiting (Podcast)

In day three of Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing, Republican senators went back on the offensive, exhausting the military recruitment and “don’t ask, don’t tell” line of questioning. Was Kagan more polished today than the past few days? Well, there were fewer laughs.

To get a sense of the mood and learn about key news developments Wednesday, Richard Brust, the ABA Journal’s U.S. Supreme Court editor, debriefs reporter Mark Walsh, who is covering the confirmation hearing for the Journal.

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GOP Takes Aim at Kagan’s Record, But She Has Breezy Conversation with Graham (Podcast)

In day two of Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing, senators on the Judiciary Committee began questioning of the Supreme Court nominee. Republican senators took aim at Kagan’s record. And Kagan backed off a pre-law school paper that’s drawn some fire since her nomination.

To get a sense of the mood and learn about key news developments Tuesday, Richard Brust, the ABA Journal’s U.S. Supreme Court editor, debriefs reporter Mark Walsh, who is covering the confirmation hearing for the Journal. Walsh is calling in from one of the Senate’s old-fashioned phone booths.

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Busy Last Day at the Court Collides with Busy Hearing Day On the Hill (Podcast)

Elena Kagan’s first day before the Senate Judiciary Committee came after a busy morning at the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued some of its biggest decisions of the term, and on the Hill, as lawmakers mourned the death Sunday of Sen. Robert Byrd.

To get a sense of the mood and learn about key news developments Monday, Richard Brust, the ABA Journal’s U.S. Supreme Court editor, debriefs reporter Mark Walsh, who was at the high court in the morning and wrapped up his day covering the confirmation hearing.

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Attorneys in SCOTUS’ Honest-Services Cases Discuss Future of Fraud Prosecutions (Podcast)

The U.S. Supreme Court today narrowed the honest-services fraud statute in rulings that favored Enron’s Jeff Skilling, former Alaska legislator Bruce Weyhrauch, newspaper mogul Conrad Black and Hollinger International general counsel Mark Kipnis.

This afternoon, ABA Journal Podcast moderator Stephanie Francis Ward spoke with attorneys who participated in these cases about the future of fraud prosecutions. Business of Law reporter Rachel Zahorsky (@LawScribbler) tweeted their conversation live.

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How Law Schools Can Help Next Gen Lawyers Take Gamble Out of Hefty Tuition (Podcast)

More and more, critics of ever-increasing law school tuition say enrolling only makes economic sense if students don’t have to pay tuition, or graduate from a top-tier school.

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Chemerinsky, Stras & Turk on Kagan’s Nomination (Podcast)

President Obama announced this morning that Solicitor General Elena Kagan is his pick to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens.

Kagan, if confirmed by the Senate, is expected to be a lasting legacy for Obama. Her relative youth—at age 50 she’d be the youngest justice on the court—could mean decades of progressive jurisprudence.

This morning ABA Journal Podcast moderator Stephanie Francis Ward spoke with three individuals who’ve closely followed the Supreme Court and weighed in with their take on the president’s choice.

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Management on Social Media: Good Employee Communication Tool or Liability? (Podcast)

Using social media is as easy as sending an e-mail and is quickly becoming the preferred way for many to communicate.

But is it the right platform for managers looking for ways to keep their employees informed and engaged? Or are they risking too much by exposing themselves and their companies to unnecessary liabilities?

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Lat, Volokh & Thai on Front-Runners & Dark Horses to Replace Stevens (Podcast)

Long before Justice John Paul Stevens made it official, U.S. Supreme Court watchers were speculating about who would be named to fill his shoes.

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Alt. Billing is Part of Fundamental Shift in Buying Trends, Corp. Counsel and Partners Say (Podcast)

 

The topic of alternative billing keeps coming up as the antidote to the oft-vilified billable hour. But when we’ve tried to pin down law firm leaders and chief legal officers to ask them if they’re using alternative billing and how, we get silence or lots of excuses and finger pointing to explain why they aren’t opting for billable hour alternatives.

This made us wonder who is actually using alternative billing. For those who are using it, how’s it working out? For those who aren’t, why not?