The Legal Update

Are podcasts a part of your daily life yet? Research suggests that there are over 630,000 podcasts in existence today in more than 100 languages. In South Korea, 58% of people are podcast listeners, while the UK languishes behind at 18%.

In the legal sphere, there is also a growing number of engaging and diverse podcast series covering topics ranging from criminal cases-  such as popular modern podcast pioneer Serial – to industry current affairs and wellbeing.

Podcasts are a great way to learn, relax and broaden the mind. If you’re looking to increase your podcast listening this year, start with our list (in no particular order) of the best podcasts for lawyers we’re listening to in 2019.

#1 Resilient Lawyer

The resilient lawyer in question is Jeeno Cho, partner at JC Law Group PC and co-author of The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation. Cho’s podcast share tools and strategies for finding more balance, joy, and satisfaction in your professional and personal life. She talks to lawyers, entrepreneurs, mentors and teachers about their approaches to mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing while navigating the demands of their professions.

#2 Legal Current

A staple for many podcast-loving lawyers, Legal Current by Thomson Reuters makes the list again as it continues to run a series of commentary on the business and practice of law. Based in the USA, it has a global outlook and explores many issues that affect legal practitioners in other countries.

#3 Legal Toolkit

Legal Talk Network’s Legal Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for people in law practice management. With a new episode every month, Jared Correia invites forward-thinking lawyers to discuss the services, ideas, and programs that have improved their practices. In January’s episode, Sarah Schaaf talks about how lawyers can optimise their payment processes with technology and automation.

#4 Sworn

From the makers of Up and Vanished comes a new series pledging to pull back the curtain on the criminal justice system. Host Philip Holloway is a defense attorney and former prosecutor with a background in law enforcement. He delves into the legal aspects of major cases as well as discussing the emotional consequences of their outcomes.

#5 Beyond Brexit

If you haven’t read/heard enough about the latest Brexit updates and opinions, check out PwC’s Beyond Brexit discussing all aspects of how life post March 29th 2019 will impact life and business in the UK. GDPR, trade negotiations, the economy and immigration are all discussed in depth with experts to provide some clarity in the face of increasing uncertainty.

#6 Happy Lawyer Happy Life

Of course we endorse the message Clarissa Rayward brings, and the infectious energy she brings to each episode will hopefully help you manage different life stresses, deal with grief, or give you the advice you need to launch a legal start-up, Happy Lawyer Happy Life makes for great listening and the popular Facebook page is very lively.

#7 The Gen Y Lawyer

This forward-thinking blog continues to explore the new age of law, with the first episode of 2019 focusing on Twitter and how Jaime Santos and Kendyl Hanks (appellate advocate and appellate litigation associate respectively) created their movement to highlight women in law and call out sexism in the industry.

#8 Modern Law Library

A great podcast by ABA Journal for lawyers who are avid readers as well as listeners. Lee Rawles interviews authors of recently published books to hear their unique insight on the next additions to your to-read list. Recent featured authors include Stewart Levine author of The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness,  and Nancy Maveety author of Glass and Gavel: The U.S. Supreme Court and Alcohol.

#9 West Cork

An Irish true crime series made by a British couple, if you didn’t get a chance to listen to one of the most talked about podcasts of 2018, now’s the time. Even gaining praise from documentary high king Louis Theroux himself, West Cork puts the victim of the crime at its heart, with the makers ensuring heavy involvement from Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family and their solicitor. Without the sensationalism that sometimes features in podcasts of this genre, the 13 part series explores the complexities around the unsolved murder and the accused’s High Court action against the State for wrongful arrest.

#10 The Happy Lawyer Project

Moving back to happier subject matter, Okeoma Moronu Schreiner continues her mission to help young lawyers find the formula for a happy life of accomplish and contentment in law. Through her podcast we hear the stories of legal professionals who have worked for change in their industry and community, and who have managed to find a way to create balance in their own lives. It’s an inspirational and uplifting series that will motivate you to refocus on your own personal priorities.

#11  UK Law Weekly 

Hosted by former university professor Marcus Cleaver, UK Law Weekly is a great resource for studying and practicing lawyers alike. The series focuses on the week’s legal decisions and news, therefore giving listeners analysis not just of topical talking points but specific cases that have recently gone through Supreme and other UK courts.

#12  Thinking Like a Lawyer

Hosted by Above the Law’s Ellie Mystal and Joe Patrice, this podcast takes on a range of topics that are talking points amongst the wider population, and in their own words ‘shine it through the prism of a legal framework.’ This results in lively and fascinating conversations around issues as broad as free speech, drones and droids, weddings and parenting. Definitely one for broadening the mind!

#13 LeGal LGBT

LeGal was one of the USA’s first associations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) legal community, and this podcast consists of lively discussion with LGBTQ lawyers, policy experts and activists on the latest legal news affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the US around the world.

#14 The Docket

Canadian Criminal Defence Counsel Michael Spratt discusses the intersection of the law, the courts, and government. He has spoken to guests such as former Canadian Supreme Court Justice and UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Louise Arbour, and topics include political scandals, best fictional lawyers, and women and the law.

#15 Talking Law

The youngest podcast on our list, Women in the Law UK launched their new series on 7th January 2019. It is hosted by Women in The Law UK’s founder, the award-winning barrister Sally Penni, and produced by the BBC Radio5Live presenter Sam Walker. The first episode interviews Jodie Hill, managing director of Thrive Law.

Bonus: First 100 Years

To add to your ‘one to watch’ list, First 100 Years has recently launched a series of 10 podcasts following the course of the 100 years of women in law. In collaboration with Goldman Sachs and Linklaters, it charts the history of women in the legal professions. Progressing decade-by-decade, the podcasts will be 45-minute discussions between legal pioneers, historians, academics and legal practitioners based on key themes, including gender stereotypes, work/life balance and diversity.

Do you have an essential listen to add to our list of podcasts for lawyers? Let us know @ObeliskSupport

The Legal Update

It was quite a year, but 2017 is (finally) over and 2018 is starting strong. Here, we highlight the Internet’s pick of 2017’s best legal blog posts and most memorable stories on The Attic. These are the inspiring professionals and thought-leaders who have shared their Michelin kitchen stories or who take us behind the scenes of their legal department. Our own best-of lists also got their fair share of clicks and acknowledged stellar talent in the legal sphere.

Without further ado, here are our top 10 legal blog posts for 2017 on The Attic, in growing order of popularity.

#10 How To Keep Up with Company & Commercial Law

New tax and insolvency rules, not to mention on-going political changes in U.S. and U.K. affecting global trade and exports have increased the demand for corporate lawyers for both local and multinational companies. Of course, it means for those providing legal services in corporate law it is more important than ever to be ahead of the curve in your expertise and resources.

Read the rest here.

#9 Redefining Success: The Myth of Having it All

What we still currently define as success is an outdated model of money and power. When we exclude the facets of life that can attribute success to an individual, we forget that for many people a large part of an individual’s perception of success is not just about work but also about family, and about balance. There are many campaigners and high profile women who are turning away from those ideas and redefining success on their own terms.

Read the rest here.

#8 The Discounted Value of Working Mothers

 

Work-life balance is a zero sum game, as employers make the assumption that mothers cannot be equally committed to their family and their work – so working mums suffer from ‘discounted value’. This is as ludicrous as it is unfair. Working mothers are way more focused and organised once they return to work – in fact, 73% of women say they are better employees as a result of becoming a mum. Having advised and encouraged hundreds of women facing this situation to continue working flexibly, here is the best way to approach it.

Read the rest here.

#7 Snapshot: Henrieta Iyer, Obelisk Consultant

Tell us a bit about the jobs you’ve had – how has working differently benefited you?

I have been lucky to have worked on two long term assignments. The first one was for the Equities Legal team at Goldman Sachs and lasted 1 and 1/2 years. I felt both challenged and independent in this role and Obelisk was helpful in negotiating working hours that suited my personal life, all in all a fantastic way to return to work.

Read the rest here.

#6 The 15 Best Legal Podcasts for Lawyers to Listen to in 2018

best legal podcasts

Legal podcasts are an excellent way for lawyers to stay current and up to date with their understanding and interpretation of the law. In no particular order, we take a look at the best ground-breaking legal podcasts, well-established and new, to add to your 2018 listening-list.

#5 Black History Month: Debbie Tembo, Obelisk Client Relationship Manager

As October and Black History Month comes to an end, Debbie Tembo reflects on her career journey and the importance of identity and diversity in her work.

Read the rest here.

#4 The ethics of lawyers – what makes them lose their moral compass?

How do lawyers behave when the commercial drives of a business push the boundaries of ethical conduct? This is the core question that was discussed in an insightful talk given by Professor Richard Moorhead to clients and consultants in The Attic.

Read the rest here.

#3 Top Blawg: The Best of the World’s Legal Blogs 2017

Legal blogs, or blawgs as they are sometimes known, are changing the way that law is discussed and debated in the industry. Legal blogs can be a valuable outlet and asset for lawyers and companies alike: acting as a marketing tool for your expertise, and allowing some creative headspace to examine issues of personal intrigue outside of your own work.

Read the rest here.

#2 Mark Maurice-Jones, General Counsel at Nestlé UK & Ireland, discusses Flexible Working

The Attic recently caught up with Mark Maurice-Jones, General Counsel at Nestlé UK & Ireland, to discuss legal team management and flexible working. With 15 members working with the company’s United Kingdom and Ireland divisions, Maurice-Jones’ legal team focuses on internal business partnerships to proactively shape and challenge the company’s business agenda. For Maurice-Jones, flexible working is a common sense work arrangement for modern lawyers – here, he tells us why.

Read the rest here.

#1 What This Michelin Star Chef Has in Common with Lawyers

Claudio illuminati Michelin Starred Chef

At a recent client event, Obelisk Support welcomed one of our most interesting guests to date–Claudio Illuminati, Michelin star chef. On the surface, it may have seemed that chef Claudio did not have much in common with our audience of general counsels, but through candid anecdotes and quiet confidence, he drew some very interesting parallels between the culinary life of high-pressure kitchens and the law.

Read the rest here.

The Legal Update

Legal blogs, or blawgs as they are sometimes known, are changing the way that law is discussed and debated in the industry. Legal blogs can be a valuable outlet and asset for lawyers and companies alike: acting as a marketing tool for your expertise, and allowing some creative headspace to examine issues of personal intrigue outside of your own work.

Whether you are thinking of starting your own legal blog and need some inspiration, or simply want to follow for extra insights and opinion, here are some of our picks of the world’s most highly rated and recommended English-language legal blogs.

This list comprises on blogs covering all areas of law and the largest English-language markets around the globe. If you’re particularly interested in legal technology, watch this space. We’ll be doing a round-up of the best legal tech sites very soon!

UK Legal Blogs

UK Criminal law blog 

Authors: Dan Bunting, Sara Williams, and Lyndon Harris

Founded by three lawyers after a conversation on Twitter, the UK Criminal Law Blog  aims to tackle the lack of public understanding and misreporting in media about the criminal justice system and sentencing.

Family Lore

Author: John Bolch

Family Lore was founded by John Bolch back in 2006. Three years later Bolch left practice to take on writing full time, publishing a book and running a second website. The blog posts a mix of news digests, musings on topical issues and legal updates, with occasional humour and irreverence.

Barrister Blogger

Author: Matthew Scott

This award winning legal blog is direct and simple in approach. Scott is not afraid to share his decisive opinions on legal issues dominating the news sphere, and has a way of setting the scene of well-read (and some not-so-well read) legal stories that keep you engaged from post to post.

The UKCLA Blog

Authors: Various

The United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association publish this highly credible resource of expert comment and analysis on matters of constitutional law in the UK and further afield, with articles cited in academic writing, official publications and in the news media.

Jack of Kent 

Author: David Allen Green

Green offers his liberal and critical perspective on law and policy in the UK. Since mid-2016, the blog has had an almost exclusive focus on Brexit, though Jack of Kent came to broader public attention back in 2013 with its coverage of the #TwitterJokeTrial and its implications on governing free speech and publishing.

European Law Blog 

Authors: Various

A legal blog that does exactly what it says on the tin – this is a concisely written resource for updates and commentary on EU case law and legislation. It also has a Brexit countdown clock on the homepage, in case anyone needs reminding.

Kluwer Competition Law Blog 

Authors: Various

Produced by Kluwer Law International, this blog updates with information and news on international competition and antitrust law, written by practising lawyers, academics and economists, covering Europe and also the US. They actively encourage interaction and invite guest contributions.

Techno Llama 

Author: Andres Guadamuz

Cyberlaw is one of the fastest moving areas of law, and there’s plenty of interesting analysis and thought pieces over at TechnoLlama, with emphasis on open licensing, digital rights, software protection and virtual worlds. Articles are often whimsical, with a serious message.

USA Legal Blogs

Lawyerist

Authors: Various

What began as a one man legal blog turned into a full-blown media company, home to the largest online community of solo and small-firm lawyers in the world. Articles, survival guides and podcasts share ideas, innovations and best practices, with a particular focus on technology.

Ward Blawg

Authors: Various

Founded by Gavin Ward, the blog has expanded to include legal guides and resources for UK audiences. There are sections on areas of law including commercial, property and criminal law, offering a mix of advice, analysis and news updates.

Associate’s Mind

Author: Keith Lee

Lee began his blog back when he was in law school, and it has grown to be one of the most popular legal blogs in the US. He focuses his content on helping lawyers new to the profession transition from amateur to professional and to navigate the on-going changes in the industry.

Gen Y Lawyer 

Author: Nicole Abboud

This series of podcasts interviews a new generation of professionals who are doing something a little differently in the profession. Abboud talks to millennials both inside and outside of the legal profession who are going after what they want on their own terms.

The Law for Lawyers Today

Authors: Karen Rubin, Tom Feher, Frank DeSantis, guests

Published by Thompson Hine LLP, TLLT is a resource for lawyers, departments and firms focusing on legal ethics, the ‘law of lawyering’, risk management and legal malpractice, running a legal business and other related topics.

Law 21

Author: Jordan Furlong

With the tagline ‘dispatches from a legal profession on the brink’, Furlong analyses the trends and changes that are occurring or that are indeed overdue in the legal industry – from women in law, to technology and market pricing.

Australia Legal Blogs

Barnold Law

Author: Bruce Baer Arnold

If you’re looking for detailed updates on a range of topics such as Australian health law, data, technology, theoretical discussion and, at the author’s own admission does of irreverence, irony, indignation and honestly-held opinion, this is the place to start.

LGBT Law Blog 

Author: Stephen Page

Page is a leading divorce and surrogacy lawyer committed to championing the rights of and interests of LGBTI people in Australia. His posts tackle discrimination parenting, property settlement, same sex domestic violence, and same sex law issues. This will be one to follow as Australia goes to postal vote on same sex marriage laws.

TressCox Lawyers Blog 

Comprehensive and expert thoughts and opinions from the TressCox Lawyers team, this is a great example of how a law firm can use blogging effectively. The blog focuses on corporate, employment, insurance and litigation law.

India Legal Blogs

Legally India

Authors: Various

Legally India provides a platform to bloggers of all legal and writing experience to express themselves and communicate with the wider legal community in India. The blog is regularly updated with breaking news, analysis and original content about the Indian legal market.

Livelaw

Authors: Various

Livelaw is a comprehensive legal news portal, which in their own words is set to redefine the standards of legal journalism in India. The website also reports on foreign and international law and provides a range of resources for practicing and studying lawyers.

iPleaders

Authors: Various

iPleaders aims to help make the law more accessible, by researching and developing resources through blogging, educational resources, workshops, and interactive software for legal entrepreneurs. They publish on a range of blog platforms on subjects such as sports law, outsourcing, marketing and advertising, and business law.

Law and Other Things

Authors: Various

Law and Other Things publishes informative court and case updates, news articles, interviews, book reviews, petitions and announcements relating to India’s laws and legal system, courts, and constitution.

 

Finally, we couldn’t go without including Obelisk’s own thinking space! The Attic offers a weekly mixture of thought pieces on working culture in the legal industry, profiles of consultant and event speakers, and guidance on career development for lawyers and legal consultants looking to work differently.

What legal blogs do you follow? How do they help you in your work? Send us your recommendations at laure [at] theattic [dot] london and we’ll update our list…