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Former Top NSA Lawyer Talks Spying, Leaks and Cybersecurity in the Age of Trump
When Rajesh De was first approached about joining the National Security Agency as its general counsel, advisers warned him he might be the last person standing between a free democracy and an Orwellian surveillance program.

Perkins Coie’s Marc Elias on “Explosion” in Election Law
The National Law Journal sat down with Perkins Coie partner Marc Elias, who served as general counsel of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, to talk about the phenomenon. Between redistricting cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump’s focus on voter fraud and upcoming elections heading into 2020, Elias said there’s plenty of work on the horizon.

Near Retirement, Judge Thelton Henderson Chafes at ‘So-Called Judge’ Label
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson discusses why he decided to leave the bench and the “slight pause and regret” he has about leaving at this particular political moment.

Online Sex Trafficking, Emojis, and How the Internet Has Changed Law
When Eric Goldman started practicing law, the Internet was a different place from the one we know today: a world of dial-up bulletin boards and web precursors like “Usenet” and “Gopher.” The legal aspects of cyberspace were murky at best.

At Zero-Hour for Bar Exam Takers, Here’s What They Had to Say
Hordes of attorney hopefuls sat for the bar exam across the country this week, with about 10,000 taking the test in New York state alone. We caught up with some of those people enduring the two-day Uniform Bar Exam at Manhattan’s Javits Center. Attitudes ranged from optimistic and cavalier to anxious and exhausted, especially by the second day of the exam. Listen to what they had to say about surviving the test.

Small Practices, Big Impacts: Meet the Lawyers Behind Two Major-League IP Cases
Andrew Dhuey, a solo practitioner in Berkeley, California, has the kind of practice a lot of lawyers dream of. He left a Big Law job years ago but still makes it into big intellectual property showdowns year in and year out.

The Washington Wrap Podcast: Episode Three
Has the lawyering in the Russia investigation moved into its next act? National Law Journal Editor in Chief Beth Frerking and Washington business of law Katelyn Polantz discuss how lawyers on the offense, Twitter and the FCPA law all came into the spotlight in the Russia investigation last week.

The Washington Wrap Podcast: Episode TwoWho would have guessed mid-July would be this busy in Washington, D.C.? Editor in chief Beth Frerking and business of law correspondent Katelyn Polantz of the National Law Journal discuss the past week’s developments in lawyering related to the Trump-Russia investigation, plus promotions, laterals and new ventures at Washington’s large law firms.

Will the DNC Hack Lawsuit Expose Trump-Russia Ties?
President Donald Trump is no stranger to lawsuits. But the latest case filed against his campaign over Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee is different, potentially unspooling in public view the ties between Trump, his allies and the Russian government.

The Washington Wrap Podcast: Episode One
Beth Frerking, editor in chief of The National Law Journal, talks with ALM legal business reporter Katelyn Polantz about her weekly column, The Washington Wrap, that rounds up law firm news, moves and other notable legal business stories in the nation’s capital. Think of it like the old Legal Times’ inads column come back to life for the digital age.

Podcast: Suing For Security and the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things has a certain allure. You can set your home at just the right temperature, or ask Alexa about the First Amendment. But if there was one takeaway from the Mirai botnet debacle that weaponized over a million internet cameras, it was this: a lot of these devices have serious security flaws. And those flaws, naturally, have opened the door to lawsuits.

Mark Krotoski, Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner

Big Tech’s Fight Over Foreign-Stored Data: A Podcast With Morgan Lewis Partner Mark Krotoski
In this podcast, we talk to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner and former Department of Justice criminal attorney Mark Krotoski to understand the controversy around the scope of the 1986 Stored Communications Act. What he sees is a novel, technical issue colliding with an ill-fitting legal framework.

Key Findings From the Am Law 100: A Podcast With Roy Strom
Reporter Roy Strom summarizes the key takeaways from the Am Law 100 rankings and what consultants say to look for in the coming year.

A Look Behind the Numbers With ALM Intelligence’s Nick Bruch
ALM Intelligence senior analyst Nick Bruch offers his perspective on what the numbers really show when you remove the noise, what the biggest takeaways are and some interesting thoughts on whether we might see a Magic Circle that includes U.S. firms.

Nissan autonomous car prototype (using a Nissan Leaf electric car) exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 (photo taken on the first press day) Norbert Aepli, Switzerland Wikimedia

Driverless Cars and Liability: A Podcast on Legal Questions Around Autonomous Vehicles
In this podcast, we hear from insurance litigator Dennis Cusack of Farella Braun + Martel, Ford Motor Co. in-house counsel Emily Frascaroli, and Baker McKenzie’s Lothar Determann, who has written about the “open” driverless car. If there’s one takeaway, it’s that things are about to get complicated for automakers.

Leading the DOJ: Lessons in Management, Leadership and Whats Up Under Trump
Don’t micromanage. Be accessible. Mentor your employees. After leading the Justice Department’s criminal division, Leslie Caldwell and Alice Fisher have a few words of wisdom for corporate counsel and law firm managers. Fisher is now a partner at Latham & Watkins, where Caldwell, just five months out of the Department, will join her in September. In this podcast, the National Law Journal sat down with Caldwell and Fisher to talk about management, leadership, and what to watch at DOJ under President Donald Trump.

Podcast: Exploring the Annual NLJ 500 Survey on Law Firm Growth, Diversity and Demographics
Beth Frerking, editor in chief of The National Law Journal, and Katelyn Polantz, NLJ’s data editor and business of law reporter, unpack the the 2017 NLJ 500 survey on growth at the largest U.S.-centric law firms. In 2016, law firms in the survey grew overall by about 2 percent compared to 2015. But that slight bump obscures larger and more intriguing swings at individual Big Law firms that are pursuing a variety of strategies to grow or, in some cases, tighten their ranks.

Podcast: D.C. Litigation Departments of the Year: Conversations With Our Winners
This week NLJ Managing Editor Lisa Helem spoke with Kirkland & Ellis partners Mike Brock and Dan Donovan and WilmerHale partners Amy Wigmore and Catherine Carroll. We looked back at 2016—the firms’ biggest wins how they are preparing the next generation of D.C. litigators and can they sum up their litigation teams in a Twitter hashtag? For the answers have a listen.

Law Firms & Diversity: A Behind the Scenes Look
In this podcast, reporter Meghan Tribe discusses her findings in reviewing our law firm diversity data as well as the industry’s reaction to more aggressive steps by general counsel to improve firm diversity.


In New Podcast, a Bracewell Lobbyist Reports from the Swamp
Josh Zive, a lobbyist and senior principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Bracewell, takes pride in his podcast series and claims it distinguishes him as perhaps the sole big-firm lawyer to host a podcast for his employer. His aim: to use the podcasts to elevate in the public debate his firm’s and its clients’ advocacy. Launched in earnest last month, the weekly series is known as The Lobby Shop.

Podcast: Google’s Courtroom Collision with Uber
In this episode of Unprecedented, we talk with veteran federal prosecutor-turned-white collar defense lawyer Jeffrey Bornstein of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld. Speaking at his San Francisco office, Bornstein gives us a look at how the criminal aspects of this case could play out, and also argues that the judge in the case may be setting a “dangerous precedent” by pressuring the Uber engineer, Anthony Levandowski, to yield his Fifth Amendment rights.

What’s Next in Legal Tech? A Podcast From Stanford’s FutureLaw
The legal profession is hardly immune to the changes being wrought by technology. And Stanford University’s CodeX Center—a partnership between its law school and computer science department—has been a significant contributor to those changes in recent years as an incubator for legal tech startups. Among the companies that have roots at CodeX are Bay Area legal analytics firms Lex Machina and Ravel Law.

Behind the Numbers: A Podcast on What the Am Law 200 Results Really Mean
ALM Intelligence senior analyst Nicholas Bruch breaks down the Am Law 200 results.


How to Serve the President Without a Secret Service Run-In: A Podcast with Scott Rome of Veritas Law
Even before he took over the Oval Office, President Donald Trump was no stranger to litigation. Post-inauguration, Trump’s policies have led to a flurry of lawsuits over everything from immigration to oil pipelines. Scott Rome, a principal at the Washington, D.C., law firm Veritas and a group of lawyers sued Trump alleging his D.C. hotel at the Old Post Office building, located just blocks from the White House, unfairly competes with local restaurants for business from diplomats and others seeking the president’s ear.

A Conversation with a U. Penn Grad on Acing the Law Firm Interview
ALM’s Legal Education Reporter Karen Sloan speaks with Sierra Shear, a 2016 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and first-year associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, about her on-campus interview experience. Shear interviewed with 26 law firms, received 20 callback interviews, and got summer associate job offers from all seven firms she visited during callbacks. Shear describes the on-campus interviewing process as both exciting and stressful.

Podcast: NLJ’s Go-To Law Schools Report Deconstructed
ALM Senior Editor Leigh Jones talks with law schools reporter Karen Sloan about top takeaways from The National Law Journal’s 2017 Go-To Law Schools report. Sloan provides context about notable changes in this year’s rankings, as well as a review of the lengthy research and reporting process behind the annual package.


Can Appellate Outcomes Be Predicted?
Kirk Jenkins likes to know the odds. As an undergrad at Harvard, the Chicago-based Sedgwick partner built regression models to predict decisions by the Federal Reserve Bank. So it’s no surprise that now, as a lawyer, he is among the early believers in the value of legal data analytics. And he has a message for the rest of the profession: there’s no going back.

An Insider’s Take on Litigation Funding
Vaughn Walker, the retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, made waves last fall when he teamed up with Bentham IMF as a member of its investment vetting committee.

What Firm Comp Systems Are Really Rewarding
Law firms are working hard at the difficult task of tailoring their compensation models to retain key talent, attract new talent, send the right message for what is valued at the firm and protect the firm’s culture all at the same time. It’s not easy and there is a lot of experimenting going on.