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

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

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.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

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.”


After a prolonged absence due to holidays, vacations and two feet of snow in the Washington, D.C. area, the guys are back!!

The show starts out with the show recounting the story of two Virgina Tech college students (male and female) who were involved in the disappearance of a teenage girl.  The guy discuss how the use of the app "Kik" was used by the perpetrators of this crime to ultimately lure the young girl to her death.  This then leads to a discussion about mobile apps and the dangers that they pose to teens and young children and potentially adults as well.  

Moving on deeper into the show, the discussion transitions into a discussion surrounding inappropriate photos and text messages sent via cell phone or other mobile devices.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

The Legacy of Justice Scalia & the Future of the Supreme Court

What impact did Justice Antonin Scalia have on the Supreme Court? And what lies ahead for the Court? 

Legal Current explores these questions with Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda, The Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Chapman University, and co-author of Nowak and Rotunda's Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

New Rules on Proportionality & Spoliation in E-Discovery

Last summer, in the case of HM Electronics Inc.v. R.F. Technologies Inc., a federal judge ordered severe sanctions because of e-discovery failures. How do new rules on proportionality and spoliation impact how e-discovery is handled? Robert Brownstone with Fenwick & West discusses.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Can Marijuana Be Patented or Trademarked?

As more states move towards legalized marijuana, business entities such as medical marijuana dispensaries or other marijuana-related businesses are starting to bump up against patent and trademark issues that may prevent them from enjoying many of the intellectual property protections that other businesses use.  

Doug Sorocco of Dunlap Codding looks at some of the "grassroot" IP obstacles facing businesses in the cannabis trade.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Law firms invest significant effort and finances developing savvy marketing campaigns that drive traffic to their websites or phone calls to their law firms, only to drop the ball when it comes time to turn that prospective client into a paying one.

It all comes down to intake – the processes a law firm uses to collect and manage leads, with the goal of converting them into clients. Intake is an essential function of any successful legal business, and one that is often mismanaged or underdeveloped. What’s worse, our research shows that most attorneys think they’re actually doing a good job at intake. The sad truth is that their perceptions simply don’t match the reality.

FindLaw’s white paper, “Failing At The Finish Line: How Law Firms Lose Prospective Clients At The Front Door” examines how firms can improve their intake practices.


2016 State of the Law Firm Market

 James W. Jones, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, discusses the "2016 State of the Legal Market" report by the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Fitbits, Wearable Fitness Monitors & Data Privacy

Are you sporting a new FitBit or an Apple Watch with a fitness monitor app? If it’s part of your employer’s wellness program, who owns and has access to your data?

Tyler Newby , litigation partner at Fenwick & West looks at the wearable fitness monitor craze and some of the data privacy implications they bring.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm EDT