Episode Archives

Lizzy Shackelford, Lawyer, Diplomat, and Author

Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shackelford took her law degree and followed her dream to serve internationally, eventually spending more than seven years with the US Department of State in a series of posts in Eastern Europe and in Africa. Now retired from her diplomatic service and the author of a recent book on US foreign policy and…

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Tom Dreyfus, CEO and Co-Founder of Josef, an Australian LegalTech Startup

Dean Dan Hunter chats with Tom Dreyfus, CEO and co-founder of the Melbourne-based legal technology firm Josef. Josef gives both practitioners and law students a leg up in creating bots – automated processes for legal analysis – without expecting lawyers to know how to code and without expecting that legal experts should be cut out…

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Miguel Willis, Founder of the Access to Justice Technology Fellows Program

Miguel Willis caught the innovation and entrepreneurship bug early in his law school career, and he exited with a JD and leadership of an innovative program that blends technology skills, design, law, and the public interest. The Access to Justice Technology Fellows program connects law students with civil justice organizations for an immersive, 10-week, paid project-based fellowship…

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Duc Trang on Competition and Change in the Legal Services Marketplace

Duc Trang, former private practitioner, general counsel, and now Managing Director of Major, Lindsey & Africa Transform Advisory Services, talks with Mike Madison about the changing marketplace for legal services and legal professionals and what those changes mean for private firms, for legal technology development, and for legal education. Also featured in this episode:  Michael…

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A Recent Graduate on Technology and Innovation in Law: Eric DeChant

Eric DeChant isn’t a lawyer. He’s a recent graduate of the novel Master of Science in Law program at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, which aims to give STEM professionals (like Eric) enough grounding in law to accelerate them into careers as allied legal professionals but not so much that they qualify to become…

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Dean Dan Rodriguez on Challenges and Opportunities in Legal Education

Dan Rodriguez, formerly Dean of Northwestern Law and president of the Association of American Law Schools, gets inside the future of legal education for the benefit of legal professionals and new law graduates.  The interview is hosted by Mike Madison. 

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Building a LegalTech Startup with Kevin Miller, CEO of LegalSifter

Mike Madison sits down with Kevin Miller, CEO of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based LegalTech firm LegalSifter.  LegalSifter is powered by tech developed in Pittsburgh’s AI and robotics ecology, centered on Carnegie Mellon University. A seasoned lawyer-entrepreneur, Kevin shares his thoughts about what lawyers and law firms are doing well, and what they can do better with…

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Legal Innovation and the Client Experience with Carl White, CEO of CX In Law

Dan Hunter talks legal innovation and the future of law practice from the client’s perspective with Carl White, founder and now Director and Chief Experience Officer with CXINLAW. CXINLAW partners with law firms in Australasia and the UK for training and education on excellence in client service.

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A Legal Education Call to Action with Trish White and Andrea Sinner of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Ed

Mike Madison talks with Dean Trish White and Andrea Sinner, the chair and director of the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Education. The Commission wrapped up two years’ worth of work in March 2020 and published a report that reads more like a manifesto for change than a conventionally sober reflection. …

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Legal Innovation and Design Thinking by Students Working with DWF Connected Services

Dan Hunter chats with University of Manchester students, Cian Heeley, Mandeep Hayer and Wunmi Akanji who were lucky enough to spend two weeks working with the geniuses at DWF on a legal design/innovation project with a very well-known sporting club in Manchester. Inspiring insights into the way that this sort of program changes how students…

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