Legal Current (podcasts)
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

Millennials are now the largest demographic group in the U.S.  Much has been written and discussed about how millennials often have unique preferences for how they prefer to shop for and purchases goods and services. 

How does this apply to law firms? 

Christi Krautbauer of FindLaw discusses the findings of a white new paper, Reaching a New Generation: Tailoring Your Marketing Your Legal Marketing to Millennial Consumers, which break downs what makes millennial consumers unique, and how law firms can market more effectively to them.

This is just one of many white papers and other helpful resources for firms on how to improve all aspects of their marketing.

Direct download: Tailoring_Your_Legal_Marketing_to_Millennial_Customers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

New Podcast Series on Government: For Public Consumption

 

Legal Current is proud to present a new podcast series: For Public Consumption.

 

Hosted by Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president, Government Affairs and Community Relations at Thomson Reuters, this podcast series examines issues that impact government, its services and the people it serves.

 

In this first installment, Sharon interviews Sally Heyman, Miami-Dade County Commissioner for the 4th District, on the mental health crisis, its impact on our judicial and correctional systems, and an innovative new approach in Miami-Dade County that may reduce costs to taxpayers while improving care for the mentally ill who enter the judicial and correctional systems.

 

To listen, click on the built-in audio player below, or download and listen later by right click here. Or you can subscribe to Legal Current podcasts on iTunes.

 

And check back for future episodes of For Public Consumption on Legal Current.

Direct download: For_Public_Consumption_-_episode_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

The Ark Group recently held its conference on Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library, Research & Information Services.

In this episode of KM with Kim, we discuss a recap of the conference with Kim Stein, national KM manager for Thomson Reuters

Direct download: Ark_Group_Conference_Recap_-_KM_with_Kim_episode_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

With the passage of the America Invents Act in 2011 and a string of Supreme Court decisions in recent years, the landscape for intellectual property filings and dispute resolution was supposed to become clearer.  But they have also brought new issues and uncertainty.

Jeremy Taylor with Baker Botts discusses some of the most important IP considerations that are commonly overlooked, or that companies fail to take into consideration and land them in hot water.

Direct download: Freuently_Overlooked_IP_Issues.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

In November, Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., United States ex rel. Rigsby, a case involving the False Claims Act and misclassified claims after Hurricane Katrina.  This case is important as litigation under the False Claims Act has grown remarkably in recent years. It also is relevant that the False Claims Act, which dates back to the Civil War, and provides for treble damages, mandatory minimum penalties, and recovery of costs, including attorney¹s fees, making successful litigation quite lucrative. Government Contractors have complained bitterly about what they regard as unduly lax applications of the statute by the lower courts.

Brian Markovitz of Joseph Greenwald & Laake discusses the intersection of Hurricane Katrina, Abraham Lincoln and the so-called “Lincoln Law”.

Direct download: Abraham_Lincoln_Hurricane_Katrina__Civil_War_Horses.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

ABA TECHSHOW 2017 is this week in Chicago.  ABA President Linda Klein discusses some of the initiatives and priorities for the ABA.

Direct download: ABA_TECHSHOW_2017_with_ABA_President_Linda_Klein.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

There’s no such thing as a typical day for someone who runs knowledge management for a law firm, in the same way that there’s no such thing as a typical KM setup, or even a typical person who manages KM for a firm.

The person in charge of KM can be anyone from a law librarian to a chief knowledge officer to a practice group leader, a IT manager, or even someone who does a little bit of all those things.

Welcome to KM with Kim, where we share best practices and the latest in getting the most from your knowledge management systems with Kim Stein, national manager for knowledge management for Thomson Reuters.

In this episode, Kim takes a look at “A Day in the Life of KM,” through the eyes of  David Hobbie, Litigation Knowledge Management Attorney at Goodwin Procter, LLP in Boston. at Goodwin Proctor.

David talk about how his firm uses KM, and he manages his role to make the firm more efficient and productive through its use of KM.

You can also visit David’s blog: http://caselines.blogspot.com/

Direct download: A_Day_in_the_Life_of_a_KM_Attorney.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

On Jan. 26, 1997, many homes across America were tuned-in to Super Bowl XXXI. While much of the game itself may be a blur, most people who watched that night likely remember one image from that night: Hollywood legend Fred Astaire, who had died nearly a decade before, dancing with an electric broom in a vacuum commercial. While many people were fixated on how the ad was created, some – including members of Astaire’s family – took issue with bringing the legendary performer “back from the dead.”

Now 20 years later, a new film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, puts a new spin on the debate in part because, unlike the brief appearance of Astaire in the vacuum ad, the new Star Wars film demonstrates that actors, can quite literally, return to the screen forever.

But what are legal ramifications to these posthumous performances, and how are today’s actors prepping for this future?

Join us for the latest Legal Current podcast, where we are joined by Brad Cohen, partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell in Los Angeles, where we break this down.

And be warned… there will be spoilers.

 

Direct download: The_Estate_Strikes_Back_-_Deceased_Stars_Star_Wars__Posthumous_Rights.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Geoffrey the Giraffe, Supreme Court & Online Sales Taxes

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case this term that could have provided some clarity to the bewildering array on jurisdictions and taxes involved with online sales.

Will the move lead to action by the states or Congress, or the potential for even greater confusion?

Matthew Hunsaker of Baker Botts discusses.

Direct download: Geoffrey_the_Giraffe__Online_Sales_Taxes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Managing a successful solo or small law practice means overcoming many challenges. These days, running a small practice requires many skills in addition to being a good lawyer: one often also needs to be a project manager, technologist, marketer and small business expert.

The State of the US Small Law Firms Study surveyed more than 300 solo and small law firm leaders to find out how they define success, their challenges and what the most successful firms are doing to develop and execute winning strategies.

In this podcast, we discuss the survey findings and what it reveals about the world of today’s solo and small law firm with Karl Florida, managing director, small law firms, Thomson Reuters; and Bob Ambrogi, practicing solo attorney, ABA Journal columnist and creator of the LawSites blog.

Here are some of Bob’s previous discussions of the Small Law Firms study

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/07/this-week-in-legal-tech-exclusive-results-of-a-new-small-firm-survey/

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/07/exclusive-survey-results-small-firms-greatest-challenges-theyre-address.html

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/08/exclusive-survey-results-small-firms-measure-success.html

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/08/exclusive-survey-results-small-firms-implementing-new-technology.html

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/09/this-week-in-legal-tech-survey-sheds-light-on-how-solos-differ/

 

 

Direct download: Thomson_Reuters_Solo__Small_Law_Firm_Survey.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT