Amy Pearce 2017-12-07 03:22:05
Legal Podcasts Podcasts have swelled in popularity. According to a report published by Edison Research in April 2017, 40% of Americans (age 12 and above) have listened to a podcast. In the past month, 24% have listened to one, and 60% are familiar with the word “podcasting.” Podcasts are audio files available for listeners to listen to on their computer, or on a portable device such as a smartphone or tablet. Episodes can also be downloaded to listen to later (downloading a podcast is called podcatching). This makes it easy to listen to entertaining content while on the go. Podcasts are available for every imaginable subject—humor, current events, true crime, history, sports, etc. Many radio programs are also available as podcasts. If you find a podcast you enjoy, you can subscribe to it so that new episodes will automatically be downloaded to your podcast manager. A podcast manager, or podcatcher, is an application used for downloading, subscribing to, and organizing podcasts. A search of the Web will help you choose which podcast manager to use. There are multiple ways to find podcasts that might be of interest to you. You can search in a search engine using your topic and the word “podcast” as your keywords. Listen Notes (https://www. listennotes.com/) is a search engine for podcasts. You can search for individual episodes or podcast titles. Another way to identify podcasts is to search in your podcast manager. Listening to legal podcasts provides attorneys an opportunity to explore a new area of law, keep current on trends in their practice areas or just be entertained. The following are descriptions of recommended legal podcasts for you to explore. If you are interested in listening to any of these podcasts, search for the title in a search engine or in your podcast manager. Criminal defense attorney, J. Craig Williams, and Bob Ambrogi, a Massachusetts attorney with an interest in technology, host Lawyer2Lawyer. This podcast covers current events from a legal perspective. Episodes are approximately 30 minutes long and have included “Legal Implications of the Equifax Data Breach” and “DACA, DREAMers, and the Threat of Deportation.” Legal Current is a podcast from Thompson Reuters Legal that discusses the practice of law. The hosts vary and episodes are fairly short. Recent episodes have included “Dangers of Public Wi-Fi” and “Emoji Law and the Evils of Emojis.” Larry Port, CEO of Rocket Matter, a legal practice management software company, hosts a podcast that features interviews with industry leaders giving advice on running a legal practice. The episodes are all 10 minutes long, hence the title, The 10 Minute Law Firm Podcast. Previous episodes have included such topics as “How to Make Yourself Available to Clients” and “How to Make the Most of Attending Legal Conferences.” This Week in Law is available as both a podcast and vodcast (video). The hosts are Denise Howell, a technology lawyer, J. Michael Keyes, an intellectual property attorney, and Matt Curtis, a law student at Notre Dame. The episodes are 1.5 to 2 hours in length and cover current issues in technology law. Recent episodes have been entitled “Flying Car Law and Tuna Free Toys” and “Google Wants a Spanking.” Episodes cover multiple topics in a news show type format. Adriana Linares, a law practice consultant and legal technology coach, hosts New Solo. This podcast focuses on issues of concern to solo practitioners. Episodes have included “Word Up: Using Microsoft Word like a Pro” and “Using Technology to Sustain a Rural Practice.” The episodes are 20-60 minutes long. Life of the Law is a podcast produced by investigative journalists and scholars who explore our relationship to the law. Recent proximately 30-60 minutes in length. The American Bar Association hosts several podcasts - Asked and Answered, Legal Rebels Podcast, The Modern Law Library, and ABA Law Student Podcast. Most episodes are less than 30 minutes and some include transcripts of the discussion. The hosts of these podcasts vary, and the law student podcast is hosted by a law student. Recent episodes include “How Can Lawyers Help Hurricane Harvey Victims?” (Asked and Answered), “Bruce MacEwen Diagnoses and Prescribes for Law Practice Ills” (Legal Rebels Podcast), “What Can We Learn from the History of Interracial Relationships in America?” (The Modern Law Library) and “The Gamble of Public Service Loan Forgiveness” (Law Student Podcast). Opening Arguments is hosted by attorney Andrew Torrez and his comic co-host Thomas Smith. Each episode is around one hour long. Recent episodes have included “Who’s Afraid of the FCC?” and “Gun Control after Las Vegas.” The podcast provides background on legal topics so you can be prepared to argue your side of the issue. The Bloomberg Law podcast is hosted by attorneys June Grasso, Michael Best and Greg Stohr. Reporters from Bloomberg’s Washington, D.C. bureau also participate. Episodes are short, and several episodes are released each week. Episodes focus on news events.
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