A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the many pleasures of podcasts, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
It started with Marc Maron and took off from there. Now I schedule podcasts as a daily treat, but of course there’s never enough time to listen to them all.
The great lure of podcasts is their portability. These little audio shows can be enjoyed at my convenience while driving, jogging or soaking in the bathtub.
Because of my fandom, I was excited to read the ABA’s list of top law podcasts. Here it is, with comments from ardent listeners, as reported in the ABA Journal:
- Amicus. Dahlia Lithwick’s podcast “breaks down legal issues in a way that’s informative and entertaining. It’s really fun to hear her interact with all the terrific guests.”
- The Citizen’s Guide to the Supreme Court. The two hosts are the Siskel and Ebert of high court navel-gazing.
- Conduct Detrimental. A pair of Dans (Wallach and Werly) go deep on legal issues and “explore possibilities that you probably won’t find elsewhere.”
- Criminal. Durham’s own Phoebe Judge presents “crime stories from the banal to the bizarre.”
- The Digital Edge. “Innovation, with an ear for the solutions lawyers need.”
- Evolve Law. “Brief but cogent interviews with technology innovators.”
- The Gen Why Lawyer. “Quality content relevant to young lawyers … a source of weekly inspiration and thought-provoking discussion that truly helps develop my skills and growth as a Gen Y/millennial lawyer.”
- The Happy Lawyer Project. “Interviews cover law practice, career development and work-life balance.”
- Hsu Untied. “A quirky selection of authors, entrepreneurs and celebrities—including Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, and Caroll Spinney, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch’s puppet master.”
- Hustle & Flow. “A former BigLaw partner and practice group leader addresses the hustle of business and career development and the flow of cultivating inner peace.”
- The Lawfare Podcast. Host Benjamin Wittes made news himself regarding his discussions with former FBI Director James Comey. “Let the cannonballs fly.”
- Law School Toolbox. “I started listening to this podcast the day after I took the LSAT.”
- Lawyerist Podcast. “The nuts and bolts of law practice - a voice for the often-overlooked solo and small-firm lawyers.”
- Lawyer 2 Lawyer. Episodes pair lawyers with opposing perspectives on legal issues in the news.
- The Legal Geek Podcasts. “Heavy doses of comic books and sci-fi make this chatty podcast a guilty pleasure for fans of the Justice League and other defenders of justice.”
- Legal Toolkit. Strong focus on project management techniques.
- Maximum Lawyer. Guests explore issues of lead generation and practice management faced by solos and small firms.
- New Solo. Building a solo practice and transitioning from a firm.
- Reasonable Doubt. “Adam Carolla, a comedian and former contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, engages criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos in pop culture bro banter.”
- Resilient Lawyer. Interviews with “lawyers at all stages of their careers, including many at the highest levels of BigLaw, CEOs and corporate counsel, to find what’s worked for them to be more resilient.”
- Sword and Scale. “Among the wave of true crime podcasts, Sword and Scale is notable for covering a wide range of sordid and bizarre events and documenting how they wind their way through the justice system.”
- Thinking Like a Lawyer. “Insightful and hilarious.”
- This Week in Law. Tech issues from drones, virtual reality and privacy to the latest news from the Kardashians.
- Un-Billable Hour. Business and tech experts discuss topics such as blockchain, bookkeeping, litigation financing and process management.
- Undisclosed. True crime offering inspired by the Serial podcast.
So what podcasts would you add to the list?
Source: ABA Journal www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/best_law_podcasts_web_100/P1
Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. During the course of his 35- year career, he has been a solo practitioner, corporate lawyer, legal editor, Legal Aid staff attorney and insurance risk manager. Today he helps lawyers and firms succeed through marketing, work-life balance and reclaiming passion for what they do. He is available for consultations, retreats and presentations (www.yourlawlife.com). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-619-2441 to learn how Jay can help your practice.