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

A new report from Georgetown University Law Center and Peer Monitor warns that unless law firms re-examine their traditional business models and embrace change in how legal services are delivered, they will not be able to successfully adjust to the significant outside forces that are reordering the industry. The “2014 Report on the State of the Legal Market” highlights recent trends in the legal market, as well as factors that will likely impact the market in 2014 and beyond.

James W. Jones, senior fellow at the Georgetown Law Center for the Study of the Legal Profession is lead author of the report, which can be downloaded at: https://peermonitor.thomsonreuters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2014_PM_GT_Report5.pdf

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In the January 2014 edition of the Legal Current podcast, we cover:

  • Legal news: Is emoji death threat a criminal defense? One law professor says that it just may be.
  • Legal trends & insights: Are privacy class action suits the next big practice areas?
  • News from Thomson Reuters: Jim Jones, a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center, comments on the new report from Peer Monitor and the Georgetown University Law Center.
  • On the legal blogs: A 7-foot statute of Satan is being proposed for the Oklahoma State Capitol.

You can listen to the episode now by clicking the play button on the built-in player below. We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

If you have a suggestion for a future interview or episode theme, leave a comment on this blog post or send an email to contact@legalcurrent.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @legalcurrent.

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iPhone and Android lovers are rejoicing the increasing adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies that permit them to use their own smartphones on corporate networks.  But Fabio Marino with McDermott Will & Emery says BYOD policies can create tremendous headaches for companies in dealing with legal holds and trying to prevent theft of intellectual property.

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NSA data, law firm challenges for 2014, a West Key Author helps a wrongly convicted person and the Gaming Judge -- in the December 2013 edition of the Legal Current podcast.

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Crowdsource funding is the hot new buzzword among startups.  The 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups (JOBS) Act was intended to open up crowdsource funding and other social media as a means for startups to raise capital.
Tom Murphy of McDermott Will & Emery says the reality is somewhat muted compared with buzz, but says the JOBS Act has opened up other avenues for startup capital, and that social media may still a future in small business capital.
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How to Get the Most From Your Online Marketing

Many law firms believe top search engine rankings are a silver bullet for their online marketing — a magic tool that will deliver a steady flow of business. But are specific keyword phrases such as “Boston personal injury attorney” or “Miami DUI lawyer” really the key to online marketing success?

A new FindLaw study analyzed search-generated traffic to thousands of law firm websites, and many people may be surprised by the results.  Mark Jacobsen, FindLaw senior director of strategic development and thought leadership, discusses what actually drives traffic to law firm websites.

A copy of the white paper, “The Futility of Chasing Silver Bullets” can be downloaded here.

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New legislation pending in Congress – the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act promises to reduce spurious patent litigation filed by Non-Practicing Entities, commonly referred to as “patent trolls.”

However, Yar Chaikovsky of McDermott Will & Emery notes that previous attempts to rein in patent trolls, including the America Invents Act, have proven largely ineffective.

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November 2013 Legal Current Podcast

Upcoming Supreme Court cases, A Day in the Life of a Case on Westlaw, and Fruit Flies Like a Banana, on the November 2013 edition of the Legal Current podcast.

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Thomson Reuters Experts-On-Call provides dedicated business law research support for transactional attorneys. Experts On-Call offers specialized assistance in dealing with SEC developments and market trends, as well as business law research including corporate organizations, company debt structures, and corporate employment and compensation.

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In the September 2013 edition of the Legal Current podcast, we cover:

  • Legal Trends & Insights: Software coding resources for lawyers
  • Legal News: An international custody battle involving an ancient Cambodian statue
  • News From Thomson Reuters: FindLaw and Univ. of Wisc-Stout start the first search engine optimization course in the nation
  • On the Legal Blogs: Gun ownership laws and the blind

If you have a suggestion for a future interview or episode theme, leave a comment on this blog post or send an email to contact@legalcurrent.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @legalcurrent.

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The 2013-14 term of the US Supreme Court begins shortly.  Prof. Ronald Rotunda, Doy and Dee Henley Chair Distinguished Professor Jurisprudence at Chapman University comments on what the 2012-13 term told us about how the Roberts Court has been handling some of its major decisions. 

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The Legal Current podcast emerges for the second time since its renewal with more unique insights into the Legal market. In the August 2013 edition of the Legal Current podcast, we cover:

  • Legal Trends & Insights: The Peer Monitor Index (PMI) provides some hope in the second quarter as the law firm market improves
  • Legal News: In a settlement over fracking operations, a unique situation arises when a family’s children are subjected to a confidentiality agreement
  • News From Thomson Reuters: CLEAR helps Capital Stack engage in merchant funding, a new alternative for businesses that need capital
  • On the Legal Blogs: Findlaw blogged live from the ABA Annual Meeting, covering Attorney General Eric Holder’s new drug sentencing policy.

If you have a suggestion for a future interview or episode theme, leave a comment on this blog post or send an email to contact@legalcurrent.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @legalcurrent.

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A new study found that drafting software tools for transactional attorneys can cut review time in half and catch more errors than manual proofreading. 

This podcast discusses what features are important to look for in automated drafting tools. 

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Just in time for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Meeting in San
Francisco later this week, Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president of Community Affairs
at Thomson Reuters, chatted with this year’s ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
Section (TIPS) Liberty Award recipient, Steven Shapiro. The award, sponsored by
Thomson Reuters, will be presented to Shapiro by Sayles Belton during the TIPS
Welcome, Pursuit of Justice and Liberty Achievement Awards Reception on Friday, Aug.
9 at the law offices of Sedgwick LLP.

As the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Shapiro directs a large
staff of lawyers who deal with a broad range of issues, including free speech,
racial justice, religious freedom, due process rights, privacy rights, reproductive
and women’s right, immigrant’s rights, LGBT rights, voting freedoms and prisoner’s
rights. He has appeared as counsel or co-counsel on more than 200 ACLU briefs
submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is a leader in promoting diversity
within the legal profession. Shapiro is also an adjunct professor of constitutional
law at Columbia Law School and a frequent speaker and writer on civil liberties
issues.

The TIPS award was created in 2008 to honor lawyers and judges who demonstrate
leadership by actively promoted diversity in the legal profession.

To listen to the podcast interview with Sharon Sayles Belton and Steven Shapiro,
click the play button below. Also, watch for coverage of the Awards Reception and
other ABA Annual Meeting events later in the week on Legal Current.

The National Association of Women Lawyers recently concluded its annual meeting in New York.  Among the topics discussed at the meeting was skills, strategies and stumbling blocks for women lawyers in their career path.

Last year, NAWL released its National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms and remarkably little has changed for women at senior and partner levels.

Angela C. Agrusa of Liner Grode Stein, who was one of the first women to graduate from UCLA’s Women Studies’ Department, talks about her personal experiences and ideas on women in the law.

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In the July 2013 edition of the Legal Current podcast, we discuss:

Legal Trends & Insights:  The impact of the new RTA Claims Portal on personal injury claims in the UK

Legal News: An interview with Prof. Ronald Rotunda of Chapman University on the recently concluded US Supreme Court 2012-13 term

News From Thomson Reuters: Results from a new survey of law enforcement on cybercrime

On the Legal Blogs: Did a new mother fail a drug test because of poppy seed bagel?

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Predictive coding can provide major benefits when dealing with high volumes of electronically-stored information (ESI).  But at the same time, it is far from a “silver bullet” in handling ESI. 

There are four essential concepts that emerge when examining matters that have successfully and unsuccessfully utilized predictive coding.

Ed Sohn, assistant vice president for professional and consulting services at Pangea3 has written a white paper examining “The Four Pillars of an Effective Predictive Coding Workflow.”

http://www.pangea3.com/effective-predictive-coding-workflow.html

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Thomson Reuters Company Investigator helps users find information on companies to assist with business development, litigation, due diligence and a host of other applications.  Company Investigator accesses more than 30 million company profiles, including 20 million hard-to-find private companies, including general company information, subsidiary data, legal disputes, secretary of state filings, regulatory filings and material agreements.

Company Investigator is available on WestlawNext and presents information in a manner that makes it easy to analyze corprorate "family tree" structures, relationships among corporate entities, and other company-related information such as recently filed court dockets, bankruptcy filings and more.

 

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In the case of Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. the  U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but synthetic complementary DNA ("cDNA") is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.

The distinction is a critical one, as it opens the door for broad application certain genetic testing, while preserving important patent rights for the biotechnology industry.

Jorge Goldstein, Ph.D, of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC, who is one of the leading pioneers in biotechnology patent law, discusses both legal and scientific ramifications of the case in this podcast interview.

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The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters recently published a new study called Building Bricks, in which the global research impact of what are known as the BRIC nations. Over a ten year period, global research publications and R&D spending were studied in relation to the patent activity of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Korea. Bob Stembridge, the IP Analyst on the report, comments, “The technology coming out of the BRIC nations is certainly on the rise, and it’s important, I think, for governments to keep a close eye on technology coming out of those countries and to be aware of what’s going on and to track those developments.” Stembridge discusses global innovation and patent growth further in the podcast below.

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Law firms are beginning to borrow from the corporate world to incorporate aspects of their clients' business models. Fenwick & West has created a new Product Manager role that borrows from the consumer products world and is modeled on a structure commonly seen in their clients' businesses.  Managing Partner Kate Fritz discusses Fenwick's innovative efforts in this area and the increasing ways in which law firms must adapt today to fit their clients' needs.

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Celebrity Scandals

Celebrity scandals always seem to capture the public’s attention, as evidenced by recent headlines involving Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o, Lindsay Lohan, and any number of celebrities that you see populating the checkout line magazine rack.

But after the headlines fade, what are the consequences of these scandals?  Why do some scandal-scarred celebrities rebound while others merely show up weeks later amidst more headlines?

Ronald Camhi is a partner at Michelman & Robinson's Los Angeles office, is the Chair of the Firm’s Advertising, Marketing and Media Department and is a member of the Firm's Recruiting Committee. Mr. Camhi discusses some of the legal aspects of celebrity scandal.

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Recent news reports have called attention to the risks of American businesses and government agencies being hacked by Chinese agents.  And a new classified National Intelligence Estimate reportedly lists several other nations, including France and Israel, as sources of cyber-espionage against US targets.

Peter Toren, IP and Computer Crimes expert with Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC discusses the landscape of cyber-espionage risks and how law firms can help their clients.

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The Super Bowl is almost as well known for its commercials as it is for the game itself.  And those commercials are also well known to lawyers, since trademark infringement against the NFL is becoming a major issue. Attorney Greg Korn of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump and Aldisert LLP discusses some of the pitfalls that await businesses that run afoul of the National Football League and its trademarks.

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LegalCurrent_Nov2012

Our episode this month highlights some great legal aspects of interesting news stories. To start, our “Chaos in the Courts”segment talks how not to use Twitter during a natural disaster. 

Then in our  On the Blawgs” segment, we feature a story how not to use Instagram when you’re voting

Our interview segment is with Christopher Bright, an attorney who discusses why intellectual property is one of the hottest areas of law right now.

The complete interview with Anthony Curto can be found here.

We then wrap-up with our “In the News” segment featuring a story from Thomson Reuters News & Insight: Shakespeare said “a rose is a rose” but will the FDA say that 7UP Cherry is a cherry?

If you have a suggestion for a future interview or episode theme, just leave a comment on this blog post or send an email to contact@legalcurrent.com. You can also follow us on Twitter, it’s @legalcurrent.

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Christoper D. Bright, an attorney with McDermott Will & Emery LLP discusses why intellectual property litigation is currently one of the fastest practice areas in law.

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Thomson Reuters has announced the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators list, honoring 100 corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics. The full report is available at http://www.top100innovators.com.

Financial analysis of the acknowledged companies gives credence to their significance in that these organizations outperformed the S&P 500 by three percent in their market cap weighted revenue (15 percent versus 12 percent). This year’s winners also added 124,214 new jobs over their prior year employment figures.

"Innovation is the foundation for economic prosperity and technological advancement," said David Brown, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. "Our Top 100 Global Innovator methodology demonstrates the insight that can be gleaned from the analysis of patent data and confirms the fact that companies focused on innovating drive growth and financial success."

In this podcast, Bob Stembridge, a researcher with Thomson Reuters, discussed the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators.

See the Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators at http://www.top100innovators.com.

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Our episode this month highlights some great legal aspects of interesting news stories. To start, our “Chaos in the Courts” segment shows one way of getting to know the local wildlife. 

Then in our “On the Blawgs” segment, we feature a story about a supposed wine collection of Thomson Jefferson’s.

Our interview segment is with Anthony Curto, a New York attorney and author of the recently published, The Time For Justice: How the excesses of time have broken our civil justice system.

The complete interview with Anthony Curto can be found here.

We then wrap-up with our “In the News” segment featuring a story from Thomson Reuters News & Insight about federally created floods and who should, if anyone, be liable for damages.If you have a suggestion for a future interview or episode theme, just leave a comment on this blog post or send an email to contact@legalcurrent.com. You can also follow us on Twitter, it’s @legalcurrent.

Show notes for October 2012:

0:00-0:44 Open
0:49-2:28 “Chaos in the Courts
2:33-4:09 “On the Blawgs
4:10- 6:07 Interview/Anthony Curto
6:13-7:54 “In the News” with Thomson Reuters News & Insight 
7:55-8:18 Closing comments

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LegalCurrent_TheTimeforJustice

In his new book, THE TIME FOR JUSTICE: How the excesses of time have broken our civil justice system (Onward Publishing, June 2012) New York attorney Curto highlights the inequities that arise from the egregious excesses in time required to resolve legal disputes and provides targeted 'time fixes’ to correct the system.

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Legal Current Podcast - September 2012

Our episode this month highlights some great legal aspects of interesting news stories. To start, our “Chaos in the Courts” segment shares how one Portland man used Craigslist to get his stolen bicycle back. 

Then in our “On the Blawgs” segment, we feature a story about an alleged penny skimming scheme.

Our interview segment is with Ahsan Shaikh of McDermott Will & Emery, who talks about the increase in intellectual property disputes in the video game industry.  

The complete interview with Ahsan Shaikh about the patent trolls of the video game industry can be found here.

We then wrap-up with our “In the News” segment featuring a story from Thomson Reuters News & Insight about a recent lawsuit over an AutoHop feature that gives customers the option to skip commercials on previously recorded TV shows.    

If you have a suggestion for a future interview or episode theme, just leave a comment on this blog post or send an email to contact@legalcurrent.com. You can also follow us on Twitter, it’s @legalcurrent.

Show notes for September 2012:

0:00-0:40 Open

0:46-2:04 “Chaos in the Courts

2:10-4:20 “On the Blawgs

4:26-6:40 Interview/Ahsan Shaikh

6:48-8:35 “In the News” with Thomson Reuters News & Insight 

8:36-8:58 Closing comments

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Legal Current - videogame patent trolls

The video game industry continues to grow and become more sophisticated with advancements in technology every day. With annual revenues of over $10.5 billion, surpassing both the movie and music industries, there are many people outside of the industry who are looking to cash in on the success of video games.

That includes patent trolls, who are finding that many companies aren’t properly protecting their creations. Because of this they are becoming more successful in their suits against video game companies.

Ahsan Shaikh, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, shares some of the background of patents and copyright laws that affect the video game industry and how people, including patent trolls, are finding ways to go after the companies.

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Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox Opts for a Total Thomson Reuters Solution for Firm Workflow Vision

Thomson Reuters announced today that Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox  P.L.L.C. (Sterne Kessler) has selected Thomson Reuters to provide its leading technology products and services for a firm initiative that will integrate law firm practice management, matter management, IP solutions, legal research and more into a comprehensive, firm-wide workflow system. The integrated enterprise system will help the firm create high-quality work product with unprecedented efficiency and deliver greater value to clients.

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We’ve got a terrific episode for you this month highlighting the legal aspects of some major news stories. To start, our “Chaos in the Courts” segment highlights an unusual way a woman tried to ditch law enforcement which included being “slightly pregnant and slightly in labor”. 

Then in our “On the Blawgs” segment we feature a blog post about social media privacy laws.

Our interview segment is with Jon Steinsapir of Kinsella Weitzman, who talks about the controversial “mockbuster” industry and the legal implications concerning these knockoffs of Hollywood’s biggest hits.  

We then wrap-up with our “In the News” segment featuring a story from Thomson Reuters News & Insight about recent agreements between branded and generic drug companies allegedly colluding to delay generic competition.   

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Political Campaign Music Strikes Sour Notes

As the political conventions kick into high gear, there'll be balloons, speeches and....lots  of music. But along the long and winding road that is the campaign trail, the music used by campaigns can often hit a sour note with the artists and musicians whose works are blared at campaign rallies or used on Internet videos.

Last week, former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snyder got into the act, demanding that Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan stop using his hit song "We're Not Gonna Take It."  It's not the first time artists have pulled the plug on the music.  Attorney Larry Iser with Kinsella Wietzman Iser Kump & Aldisert has been at the center of some landmark cases on the use of music by campaigns involving some of the biggest names of both the political and musical stages.

Larry Iser discusses the fight to ensure that political campaigns play by the rules when it comes to using music

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Mockbusters - Hollywood's Knockoff Competition

Have you seen any of these movies?  Puss in Boots - A Furry Tail?  American Battleship?  Chop Kick Panda?

They're not what you think they are.

With plots and designs that depict an obvious resemblance to Hollywood’s major movie titles, smaller entertainment companies are playing off of big-name studios and attempting to deceive consumers into thinking their movies are the same films found in the theatres.

Since the start of knockoff films, with the first studios creating an obvious depiction of a major movie title in the 1950s, knockoff films have continuously been on the rise and have become a bigger and bigger problem each year with significant advancements in technology.

Jon Steinsapir, partner at Kinsella Weitzman, shares with us the story behind the controversial mockbuster industry and some of the legal implications concerning these knockoff films.

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Legal Current - July 2012

We’ve got a great episode for you this month highlighting the legal aspects of some major news stories. To start, our “Chaos in the Courts” segment features an interesting story about an alleged burglar who was found stuck under the garage door of a Rent-A-Center store.

Then in our “On the Blawgs” segment we feature a blog post about an infringement suit involving an 80’s guitar player and an NBA player.

Our interview segment is with Josh Roth of Eisner Kahan & Gorry, who talks with us about the street murals of Los Angeles and the recent attention they have been given by city legislators working to put in place a new ordinance to end the ban on artistic murals.

We then wrap-up with our “In the News” segment featuring a story from Thomson Reuters News & Insight about the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history.  

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The City of Los Angeles is considering an ordinance that would permit the legal creation of public murals on certain buildings.  Legal Current's Rachel Billman talked with Josh Roth, an intellectual property attorney at Eisner, Kahan and Gorry on the impact of the proposed new ordinance.

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A great episode discussing IP wars between smartphone companies and legal issues surrounding Google.

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Why are all the major smartphone manufacturers suing each other?

Stan Gibson, partner and chair of the patent litigation group at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell talks about why smartphone patent litigation is spreading.

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Fantastic episode this month featuring an interview segment  with Ferd Mitchell, an author and healthcare expert who joins us to discuss President Obama’s healthcare law. A more detailed version of Ferd’s perspective on the law can be found in his new book, Legal Practice Implications of the New U.S. National Health Care Plan.
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We’ve got an entertaining and informative episode for you this month kicking off with our “Chaos in the Courts” story highlighting the unique way a drug smuggler got nabbed just south of the Canadian border.

Then in our “On the Blawgs” segment we feature a blog post with advice for lawyers who are looking to purchase an iPad.

Our interview segment is once again with Robert Brownstone, technology and e-Discovery counsel for Fenwick & West LLP, this time Robert talks to us about how social media is blurring the line between our personal and professional lives and how this impacts workplace privacy.

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We’ve got a great episode for you this month, with several segments highlighting the legal aspects of some recent news stories including the incident at the Heart Attack Grill as well as the latest on the lawsuits relating to the Italian cruise ship disaster.

Our interview segment is with Robert Brownstone, Technology and E-Discovery Counsel at Fenwick & West LLP where we learn more about what could happen to companies who illegally destroy electronic evidence.

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2011 might have ended on a bit of a low note for IPOs in many industries, but the energy sector isn’t one of them. To learn more about why this industry is barreling forward with stock offerings when others are pulling back, we are speaking with Rob Reedy, managing partner at Porter Hedges in Houston to talk about how the energy sector is uniquely positioned for success.

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Overall, the end of year rush for IPOs didn't go as expected and investors are eyeing the market with caution going into the New Year.  But with several high-profile internet companies announcing plans for IPOs in the near future, 2012 could start out with a lot more action than you may think.

To learn more the current IPO market and what we can expect to see happening over the coming months, we are turning to Tom Murphy, a partner at the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery and head of the Securities & Capital Markets Affinity group.

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We’ve got a great podcast this month to kick-off the New Year featuring an interview segment with attorney Yar Chaikovsky about monetizing patents and the forthcoming impacts of patent reform.

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With the launch of the Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global InnovatorSM program, Thomson Reuters has recognized the companies and institutions that lead the world in innovation activity.

To learn more about the program, we speak with Bob Stembridge, Intellectual Property analyst at Thomson Reuters. 

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Our last Legal Current podcast of 2011 has a bit of a political twist as we feature two segments that take a closer look at the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform.

In our interview segment, we talk with Andrew Selesnick, a partner at Michelman & Robinson LLP, about the proposed healthcare bill and its impact on the 2012 presidential election.

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We’ve got a great social technology-focused episode this month, starting out with our “Chaos in the Courts” story about a new anti-theft app for the iPhone.

In our “On the Blawgs” segment we feature a post from the China Law Blog about registering for video game copyrights, why it’s important, and what problems some companies may run into if they don’t. You may recognize The China Law Blog from a previous podcast where we interviewed the blog’s creator, Dan Harris.

In our “In the News” segment, we feature a recent news story from Thomson Reuters News & Insight about new developments in the escalating legal battle between Samsung and Apple.

Then, in our interview segment, we speak with Peter Toren, of Shulman Rogers, about his experience in intellectual property litigation and what legal battles he thinks might be on the horizon in the social gaming industry.

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In many cases, face-to-face interactions are declining while digital communications such as email, instant messaging and text messaging are on the rise. While these more virtual interactions do make it easier to do business anytime and anywhere, they are also a potential breeding ground for white collar crime.

 

Today’s executives need to be increasingly aware of their communications and interactions in order to avoid finding themselves in legal hot water.

 
To learn more about the growing white collar crime trend, we turned to Stuart Gasner, former federal prosecutor and senior partner at Keker & Van Nest LLP. Stuart sheds some light on why we’ve seen this area of crime increase substantially in recent years as well as provides some practical advice on “how to not become a white collar criminal."

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With the trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak still frequenting global news headlines, the spotlight for anti-money laundering and anti-corruption issues has largely stayed on the Middle East. But there’s another part of the world, a little closer to home, where U.S. companies still need to exercise caution and that’s Latin America.

To learn more about the anti-money laundering enforcement efforts in Latin America, as well as how U.S. companies can re-double their efforts to ensure compliance, we are speaking with Will Barry and Jeff Lehtman, both partners out of the Washington D.C. office of Richards Kibbe & Orbe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

We’ve got an entertaining episode this month, starting out with our “Chaos in the Courts” story about a 22-year-old self-proclaimed vampire, just in time for Halloween.

In this month’s interview segment, we speak with Sally Abel from Fenwick and West about some potential trademark issues that are being created with the new .xxx domain for the adult entertainment industry.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

We’ve got a great “back to school” episode this month – featuring two segments about employment opportunities for law school graduates.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

Social media seems to be just about everywhere, and used by just about everyone. But with a lack of legal boundaries surrounding social media, it becomes difficult to determine what is fair game for law enforcement and what is private property. We spoke with John Browning, managing partner for the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith, and author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Social Networking: Understanding Social Media’s Impact on the Law about this issue.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:16pm EST

We’ve got a great episode this month! Our interview segment features Owen Nee, the first person to open a Western law firm in China. Owen describes the legal landscape in China and how it compares to that in the US. He also tells us about his career, which is made up of many “firsts.”

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Hear Craig Newman, partner in the New York office of Richards Kibbe and Orbe LLP talk about when it makes sense for companies to go after anonymous online posters in court and when it could backfire and make the situation worse.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

Richard Gabriel, a trial advisor for Casey Anthony's defense team, talks about the jury selection process and the unprecedented challenges that the team faced in order to ensure that their client received a fair trial.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

We have a very lively episode this month – the highlight being an interview with Dana Kravetz, an employment law expert, looking at the recent Supreme Court decision on what is being called the biggest class-action sex-discrimination case in over 50 years.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Microsoft, granting Toronto-based i4i $290 million, brings up several questions. What impact will this decision have on intellectual property law in general? As innovation and technology continue to advance, will we see more IP lawsuits in the future?

For answers to these questions and to learn more about how this case will affect IP law, we interviewed Rod Berman, Chair of the IP Group with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell L.L.P.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

ProLaw XII is launched, built on .NET technology for improved reporting features and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

Mark Medice, program director, Hildebrandt Baker Robbins Peer Monitor, comments on the Q1 2011 report.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

This month's episode features a discussion on social media and its impact on political unrest in the Middle East with Reuters journalist Peter Apps. We also have "Chaos in the Courts," and "On the Blawgs," plus our new segment "In the News."

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Join us for the close of our three-part series with author John Browning on the ethical implications of social media. We also have "Chaos in the Courts," and "On the Blawgs," plus our brand new segment "In the News."

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

Join us for an interview with Steven Plitt, author of Couch on Insurance and his latest book Practical Tools for Handling Insurance Cases.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Join us as we talk to Andrew Serwin, partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and author of Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance as well as the Internet Marketing Law Handbook about how social media is impacting privacy law.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Topics: Patriotic episode featring interviews with a freelance journalist who participated in the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitutional and an interview with the former general counsel of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Susan Lambreth of Hildebrandt Baker Robbins discusses project management processes for law firms.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, go to legalcurrent.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

Topics: Social media themed episode with discussions on the business benefits of blogging as well as the impact social media is having on jury conduct and juror selection.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Is China about to overtake the U.S. and Japan in innovation?  Bob Stembridge, IP analyst and manager at Thomson Reuters IP Solutions discusses the findings of the 2011 Innovation Report.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

Topics: social media and the law, LegalTech New York preview, the future of legal technology

For show notes and time codes, or for more information on Thomson Reuters Legal, go to Legal Current

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Lauren Chung for Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, discusses recent trends in salaries for in-house legal counsel and the results of the 2010 Law Department Survey.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Topics: Law firm trends for 2011 and details on the Thomson Reuters partnership with Books For Africa, and more.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Jonathan Bellis, who leads the Law Department Consulting Group for Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, discusses the 2010 Hildebrandt Baker Robbins Law Department Survey. This is part one of a three-part series.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Mark Medice, director of Peer Monitor for Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, discusses the current state of law firm rates and some of the economic challenges facing law firm leaders.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Topics: The sale of violent video games to minors, the Oklahoma amendment to ban the consideration of international law in the state's courts, and more.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Topics: The outlok for women as leaders in law firms with author Ida Abbott, details on a contest from FindLaw.com and an employee's tribute to Thomson Reuters, in song.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Topics: A course at Duke University School of Law dealing with well-being and lawyers, an interview with author Ari Kaplan on trends in the practice of law, and more.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38am EST

Mark Medice, director of Peer Monitor for Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, discusses the PMI for the third quarter of 2010, regarding law firm performance.

For more information about the latest PMI, go to http://peermonitor.hbrconsulting.com.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:23pm EST

Lisa Smith from Hildebrandt Baker Robbins discusses the company's latest law firm MergerWatch report for the third quarter of 2010.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:54am EST

Topics: The key cases of the new U.S. Supreme Court term, a discussion about trends in law firm mergers and an interview about the Mexican legal system and developments affecting.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Mark Medice, director of Peer Monitor for Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, discusses the company's survey of law firm staffing and the trends it contains.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

Topics: The 2010 International Bar Assocation Conference, human rights and the use of torture, the TrustLaw initiative for legal pro bono work by Thomson Reuters, and more.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:07am EST

Matthew Fletcher, associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, talks about the Tribal Law and Order Act as well as its impact on pre-existing laws affected by the legislation.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:33am EST

Jim Jones and Alan Nathanson from Hildebrandt Baker Robbins talk about law firm billing models and Thomson Reuters Engage, one of the first engagement managament tools for law firms.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Chris Dale of the e-Disclosure Information Project in Oxford talks about global trends in e-discovery and e-disclosure.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

Topics: Global trends in e-discovery with Chris Dale of the e-Disclosure Information Project; and trends in litigation for new lawyers, with attorney/author David Herr of the "Fundamentals of Litigation Practice."

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

Topics: Cyberbullying, trends in legal technology regarding knowledge management and client-centric activity, and the host of the ABA Journal's podcast.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

Direct download: LegalCurrent090710.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:58am EST

Jeffrey Rosen, law professor at George Washington University, discusses the issues in online privacy that are at the heart of his July 2010 article in The New York Times Magazine, titled "The End of Forgetting."

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:33am EST

Topics: A series of interviews from the first day of the 2010 ILTA Conference that address legal technology spending trends, knowledge management, social medita, e-discovery, e-mail managament and more.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20am EST

Allison Guidette, vice president and general manager or Litigation for West, talks about trends in litigation workflow and recent additions to the suite of products from Thomson Reuters, Legal.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

Andy Popper, author of "Materials on Tort Reform," published by Thomson Reuters, discusses tort reform education in law schools. He also addresses his novel, "Rediscovering Lone Pine."

More information on Andy Popper is at http://bit.ly/chpAce.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Topics: A bill in the U.S. Congress regarding foreign companies and defective or unsafe products, the 2010 ILTA Conference and the 2nd quarter 2010 Peer Monitor Index of law firm performance.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

Direct download: LegalCurrent080910.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

Mark Medice, director of Peer Monitor for Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, discusses the PMI for the second quarter of 2010, regarding law firm performance.

For more information about the latest PMI, go to http://peermonitor.hbrconsulting.com.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

Direct download: LegalCurrent_Q210PMI.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

Topics: The status of legal education in China and development of its law schools, a global legal research training trip by one of our employees to support the JAG Corps, our our "Chaos in the Court" segment offers up a lesson in airport security.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Mike Thompson, director of Marketing at IP Solutions, part of Thomson Reuters, Legal, talks about a report on nanotechnology titled "Can Nanotech Unlock the Fountain of Youth?" The report finds that the beauty industry has begun to make an aggressive foray into nanotechnology, using tiny molecular compounds to improve the performance of creams, sunscreens, shampoos and other personal-care products.

You can access the report at http://bit.ly/nanotechreport

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to http://legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

James Jones, senior vice president at Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, discusses the factors currently affecting law firm productivity and the importance of efficient legal technology within a firm.

For more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to http://legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Topics: Information about a new blog by the West Reference Attorneys; Attorney Bob Matthews talks about the recent court ruling by the United States Supreme Court in a business method patent case, and more.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

Direct download: LegalCurrent071210.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

Topics: Arthur Miller discusses the nomination and confirmation hearing for Elena Kagan, for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court; attorney Anthony Davis talks about trends in risk management for law firms, and more.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

Direct download: LegalCurrent062810.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:41am EST

Topics: The market forces affecting the global legal profession, the litigation outlook for the BP oil spill and more.

For show notes and timecodes, and more information on Thomson Reuters, Legal, go to legalcurrent.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34am EST