Episode Archives

Interview – Richard Hsu

Lisa Leong and her business partner, Tristan Forrester, escape Melbourne and travel to San Francisco, to record this special Future Law Podcast bonus episode. They track down Richard Hsu – the Managing Director of the Partner Practice Group of recruitment firm Major Lindsey & Africa. Richard is the host and producer of an ABA award winning podcast HsuUntied– and author of the LMA award winning blog HsuTube. Oh, and he was a lawyer! (Amongst other legal roles, he was an IP partner at Shearman & Stirling). Richard spoke about creativity, being trained as an Engineer – and how his HsuTube offering came to be.

Episode 10 – Where Have All The Lawyers Gone?

Lisa Leong, Dean Dan Hunter, and Mike Madison take apart the challenges of modern law practice:  clients increasingly want multi-functional capabilities from their lawyers and firms. The profession is full of talk of “T-shaped” lawyers, who combine deep legal knowledge and broad business and organizational skills. How can firms find, train, and keep these “T-shaped” professionals happy and productive? How can T-shaped lawyers find success in law firms, or beyond?

Interview – Deborah Merritt

Professor Deborah Merritt of the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University talks with Dan Hunter and Mike Madison about the sources of critical challenge in US law schools today and describes paths to re-invention, including a new focus on clients, for herself, for current students, and for law faculties.

Interview – Michele Pistone

Professor Michele Pistone from the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University in Philadelphia talks with Dan Hunter and Mike Madison about disruption in law practice and legal education, about change management in higher education, and about working across the university to build new, cross-disciplinary training for law.  

Interview – Mark Tushnet

In this interview, we chat with Prof Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School about the changes that he’s seen in US legal education over his illustrious 50 year-long career, and discuss his views about the way that law schools need to change to respond to the challenges ahead. 

Ep 9 – The Future of Legal Education in the US

US law schools today face a double shot of post-2008 challenges. They face changing demand for legal services and legal education, plus changing demographics of prospective students. Law faculty are just now starting to accept that those factors point to large scale disruption of the traditional law school.  Lisa, Dan, and Mike take an inventory of how US law schools got where they are, look at the likely shape of change to come, and – as always – deliver some practical take-aways.

Interview – Dean Gordon Smith

Dan and Mike talk with Gordon Smith, Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University (BYU) about emerging challenges and opportunities for US law schools.  Gordon’s research and teaching background is in business law and entrepreneurship.  In this interview, he talks about bringing his expertise to bear on innovation and entrepreneurship inside a law school.

Ep 8 – Innovation on the Cheap

Lisa, Dan, and Mike take a tour through strategies for initiating innovation and change, for people who don’t have “innovating” in their professional portfolios – and who may not have budgets.  They have case studies to share, from their own experiences In law firms, companies, and law schools.  Anyone can put themselves in a position to innovate.  Here’s how to get started.

Interview – Ray Worthy Campbell

Dean Dan talks with Professor Ray Campbell, from Peking University-School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Before becoming a law professor, Ray clerked for U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court, and was a partner in the multinational law firms of Kirkland & Ellis and Jenner & Block. Listen to his fascinating take on the future of law and the future of legal education in a globalised world. 

Ep7 – The End of Law Schools

Dean Dan and Mike Madison talk about whether the future has caught up with law schools. They catch up with Professor Ray Campbell, from Peking University-School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China, who suggests that the future of legal education doesn’t look like the way that we’ve always done things…