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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.