Legal Current
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.
Your Next Client Wants to Hire You...NOW!

You know that choosing the right attorney is no small decision.

Yet surprisingly, people looking for a legal representative don’t exactly take it slow. Once they understand that they’re facing a legal need, today’s legal consumers get right to work finding a firm.

Why the need for speed?

FindLaw’s new white paper on legal consumer behavior examines how the power of emotion and the fear of loss often lead to these urgent behaviors. Legal consumers typically recognize that they’re facing potentially major risks – perhaps financial, perhaps penal – and they worry accordingly. They’re anxious to stave off any future legal or financial difficulties that they or their loved ones could be facing.

Logically, to avoid the negative outcomes they fear, legal consumers urgently seek competent, skilled representation. They want an attorney whom they can trust to deal with those potential consequences as soon as possible.

The bottom line for your practice: If you can convince them that you have the credentials and experience to keep them safe, your firm becomes a very attractive choice to today’s legal consumers.

Direct download: Get_More_Clients_By_Understanding_Consumer_Behavior.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

Transforming How Technology is Taught in Schools: Mind Your Business

An interview with Debbie Foster, co-CEO of Apps for Good, whose mission is to transform the way technology is taught in schools; to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create solutions to the problems they care about, using technology.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Business_-_March_2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Wait, What?   Episode 16 - The Podcast Awakens

If you're looking for ONES and ZEROS this is not the episode for you, this episode is all about popular culture!!  The show talks at length about the latest installment of Star Wars (SPOILERS IN PODCAST).  The guys tell stories of their immediate reactions and emotional responses to the key events of the film -which included some tears.  There are even some great Wookie impressions done as well.

After the initial discussion about the actual movie, the guys go on a ride that asks some tough questions, such as:  "How does Chewbacca work on such small instruments with so much fur on his hands?" and "How does Rey master "The Force" in such a short time in the movie?"

So, buckle you seat-belts and get ready for an entertainment-heavy version on "Wait, What!?"

What do you think about the topic in this episode? Do you love us? Hate us? Got some great ideas? Please send your thoughts, feedback and show ideas to our NEW email address: (or Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.



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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28pm EST

What Kind of Supreme Court Justice Would Merrick Garland Be?

The nomination of Merrick Garland as U.S. Supreme Court justice is raising numerous questions – both legal and political. Both aspects are discussed with Prof. Ronald Rotunda, Professor, Doy and Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

Direct download: What_Kind_of_Supreme_Court_Justice_Would_Merrick_Garland_Be.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Professor Scalia & the Paper Chase

Justice Antonin Scalia made his mark in jurisprudence as a Supreme Court Justice, but he also touched people's lives as a law professor.

Justice Scalia served on the faculty of both the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Chicago Law School.

Michael Whitener of VLP Law Group studied under Justice Scalia and reflects on Antonin Scalia the law professor.

Direct download: Having_Justice_Scalia_as_a_Law_Professor.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

The Supreme Court Without Scalia - An Interview with Reuters Legal Columnist Alison Frankel

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session with eight seated justices, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia,  And Justice Scalia's absence from the bench is already impacting significant class action cases that are coming before the Court.

Reuters legal columnist Alison Frankel discusses how this is affecting these key cases.  In a recent column, Frankel noted that Dow Chemical last week settled a class action case and dropped its petition for Supreme Court review, citing "“increased likelihood for unfavorable outcomes for businesses involved in class action suits.”