In Seclusion

In Seclusion

By Greg Lambert
Work From Home (WFH) is the new default for the legal industry. Host Greg Lambert talks with a wide range of legal professionals who share their stories on this new work model.
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Now’s the Perfect Time To Experiment - Maya Markovich
Maya Markovich, Chief Growth Officer at Nextlaw Labs, thinks that the current environment within the legal industry is the perfect time to rethink the old ways of doing things. The time is ripe to try new processes as well as experiment in ways that we might not normally try because we have somewhat of a safety net to try and fail with less judgment. For those with an entrepreneurial mindset, this might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to put your ideas into action. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
09:44
June 1, 2020
Don’t Lose Sight of the People Part of the Law - Heather Morse
Heather Morse, the Chief Business Development Officer at McGlinchey Stafford in New Orleans reminds us of the saying that “one size fits one” and that there isn’t a single way to approach how to manage the current situation. One of the key aspects of legal marketing and business development is that we are in the people business, and especially at this time, we need to understand how to personalize our responses to our staff, our attorneys, and our clients. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
15:53
May 29, 2020
It’s Time to Put Our Energy Into New Engagement Models - Roy Sexton
Clark Hill's Director of Marketing, Roy Sexton talks with me about how law firm marketing teams have really stepped up over the past couple of months to help their attorneys find appropriate ways to engage with their clients, and with each other. As we begin the slow process of moving away from the needs of the crisis and into the long-term redevelopment of marketing strategies, Sexton thinks that we will have to completely rethink how we engage with people, because of their needs and willingness to do events and interactions changed. We’re going to have to find ways to personally and virtually engage in ways that grab more people than don’t. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
16:13
May 28, 2020
It Turns Out That Law Firms ARE Pretty Adaptable - Tim Corcoran
Tim Corcoran advises law firms on how to improve the business delivery side of things. One of the positive aspects of the pandemic has been the ability for firms to actually look at the processes of their business, and not just focusing on the tools. As we begin to develop a hybrid office where some people will be working in the office, and some will continue to work remotely, it will test how good our management skills really are. Maybe now we'll give some real management training. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:18
May 27, 2020
We’re Getting Used to This New, Ambiguous, Different, and Uncomfortable Work-Life - Marcie Borgal Shunk
Marcie Borgal Shunk of The Tilt Institute, Inc. is used to working closely with attorneys and law firm leadership. Traditionally, this meant gathering large groups of lawyers into a room for hours, or days at a time, and walking through scenarios together. With the current situation, it means having to adjust to fit the online nature of education and training. For many lawyers, this is new, it’s ambiguous, it’s different, it’s uncomfortable… and they’re actually getting used to it. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
11:38
May 26, 2020
We’ll Be Two Meters Apart, But Still Face to Face - Justin North, Janders Dean
Janders Dean founder, Justin North, has seen many downturns in the economy and legal industry before but he thinks that the ability for us to keep our stories alive on how we handled downturns before, has helped many navigate this particular situation. And through a bit of planning, and a little bit of luck, he finds his company accidentally ready for this pandemic. When we make our way back to the office, we'll be two meters apart, but we'll find ways to essentially be face to face. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:28
May 22, 2020
Continuing our Connectedness… Just in a Different Way - Sherry Kapple, Litera
Sherry Kappel from Litera, flew back to the US just in time to avoid the travel ban on March 11th, and then immediately began preparation and action to move employees across the world to work from home. In the more than two months since this time, she has focused on interacting with her fellow workers, customers, and the legal community through virtual conferences and even daily tv-style presentations. She sees a future that continues to stress our ability to connect to one another… it's just going to happen in a different way. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:54
May 21, 2020
Expanding Community, Creativity, and Clients during a Crisis - Aurelia Spivey, Digitory Legal
While we may be in the middle of a crisis, there are certain processes and relationships we need to maintain in order to make sure we have those as we make our way out of the crisis. Aurelia Spivey from Digitory Legal and the host of the Pricing Matters Podcast discusses the need to maintain our community, be creative, and focus on the needs of our clients. These three C's will be determining factors on how well we perform both during and after the pandemic and economic troubles. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
12:47
May 20, 2020
The Distance has Kept Us Together - Colin Lechance, VLex
One of the themes I’ve picked up on with the now 41 episodes of this series, is that the transition to remote working environments caused by the pandemic was helped immensely by the increase in cloud and communications technology, as well as our need to work between multiple offices across vast distances. Colin Lachance from vLex solidifies that theme and tells how his recent international merger didn’t seem to slow the transition at all, in fact, it may have helped make that transition even more efficient. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
13:19
May 19, 2020
Navigating So Many Rules as We Start to Reopen - Mary Jenkins, Accufile
Mary Jenkins, Director of Research Solutions and Senior Law Librarian at Accufile, contracts with multiple law firms and corporations ranging from smaller firms companies all the way up to some of the largest national, and international law firms. Trying to navigate the individual rules of the businesses, the buildings, and the local, state, and federal governments can be quite complicated, but it gives her some insights on what is working, and where she thinks we are heading as we look to reopen offices, and how this pandemic is going to affect us long term. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
15:25
May 18, 2020
Missing the Natural Serendipitous Exploration of Ideas - Kristin Hodgins
One of the things that many of us struggle with, but may not admit to others, is that we actually really miss the office environment. Whether it is the ability to duck into another worker’s office for advice, or bouncing ideas off others in breakrooms, there is definitely processes of an office setting that are very difficult to replicate. I talk with Kristin Hodgins and ask her about how she is adjusting to a remote working environment that is missing many of the things that she really enjoyed about her job, and working in an office. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
11:52
May 15, 2020
Legal Marketing Association's Mission During the Pandemic - Jill Huse (President) and Kelly MacKinnon (President-Elect)
During a crisis, professional associations become a touchstone for many in the profession in order to stay in touch with our peers and to continue professional development and even potential employment opportunities. I talk with the current Legal Marketing Association (LMA) President Jill Huse and LMA Vice-President Kelly MacKinnon to see how they are reacting to the needs of their members during this crisis.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
16:30
May 14, 2020
Providing Legal Information Services in America's Last Frontier - Susan Falk, Alaska State Law Librarian
Yesterday I went virtually to Hawaii to see how the pandemic has affected one of the United States’ remote locations. Today I get to go to another paradise, albeit a little bit further north, and a lot cooler, to talk with Susan Falk, the State Law Librarian at Alaska Court System. While Alaska may have missed the brunt of the pandemic, it was not immune to the changes that a work from home environment has created. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
16:31
May 13, 2020
Providing Access to Justice in Paradise - Jenny Silbiger, State Law Librarian/Access to Justice Coordinator, Hawaii State Judiciary
The pandemic is sparing no one, even in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. I talk with the Hawaiian State Law Librarian, Jenny Silbiger about how she lead her staff through the transition to remote work and service to the courts, the bar, and to the citizens across the multiple islands of Hawaii. As many law librarians do, she reached out to others across the country and sought best practices guidance from librarians, museum curators, and government agencies like the CDC. It shows that even those who are thousands of miles away are still not alone.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
17:29
May 12, 2020
Young Lawyers Working and Living Through the Pandemic - Victor Flores, City of Plano and President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association
The pandemic and the changes in our overall work structure can be challenging to even the most experienced of us in the legal industry. For younger lawyers, those just starting off, or those who are having to take care of younger children at home while balancing work, this can be overwhelming. I talk with Victor Flores, Assistant City Attorney at the City of Plano, who is managing all of these challenges and is leading some 27,000 of his peers through his work as the current President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
12:56
May 11, 2020
NYLI's Seven Guidelines to Return to Business - Lucy Curci-Gonzalez and Emily Moog, New York Law Institute
Lucy Curci-Gonzalez is the Executive Director, and Emily Moog is Research Librarian for the New York Law Institute (NYLI). Late last year, NYLI updated its business continuity plans to include the possibility of a pandemic shutting down access to the physical location. This helped the staff and leadership navigate through the effects of the pandemic which hit New York City especially hard. Now they have created seven guidelines to help lead them back into the eventual reopening of services for the institute's members.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
16:52
May 8, 2020
What Does Reopening Georgia Mean for One County Law Library? - Sarah Mauldin, DeKalb County Law Library
The State of Georgia was one of the last states to restrict movement and one of the first states to announce plans for reopening for business. I talk with DeKalb County Law Librarian, Sarah Mauldin, about her experiences over the past two months as her county went into lockdown, and is now looking to gradually reopen.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
15:35
May 7, 2020
Creatively Diversifying a Print-Centric Library - Holly Riccio, California Judiciary Court Library
Holly Riccio and I have a lot in common. We are both former Presidents of the American Association of Law Libraries, and we have worked in a variety of different types of law libraries over our careers. At the beginning of 2020, Holly became the Director at the California Judicial Center Library. In her five months there, half of her time has been spent working remotely. We discuss how the courts she supports have changed how they conduct their business, and how that has changed how her library changed their support for the courts. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca (check out Jerry's new EP release on Bandcamp.) Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
10:44
May 6, 2020
How Do We Continue to Serve People Who Are Far Away? - Amy Small, Texas State Law Library
One of the bright spots of this pandemic, when it comes to the legal industry, is that many of us are realizing that the important thing we provide is tied to our services rather than our physical location. Law Librarians have been saying this for well over a decade, and now other parts of the industry are realizing that we are much more than an office in a tall building. Today I talk with Amy Small, Assistant Director of the Texas State Law Library, who is coordinating efforts across the state to provide services to a public who is in need. Amy sees the future of her services as being focused on how do we create services that focus on providing help to those who are far away. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:09
May 5, 2020
Serving the Public's Legal Information Needs During a Pandemic - Joe Lawson, Harris County Law Library
May 1st began phase one of the reopening efforts for the State of Texas. Governor Abbott's order specifically lists libraries as one of the businesses which can open at a 25% capacity rate (and social distancing), but not all libraries are ready to open right away. I talk with Joe Lawson, Deputy Director of the Harris County Law Library about how he and the staff in Texas' largest metropolitan area are preparing to open later this month, and how they are providing vital services to the courts, the bar, and the general public. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca (check out Jerry's new EP release on Bandcamp.) Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
17:20
May 4, 2020
During an Emergency, KM Professionals Really Show Their Value - Jennifer Mendez, Fisher Phillips
Sometimes it takes an emergency situation for resources to really show their value. Many of us are seeing this when it comes to the Knowledge Management tools and process improvement methods that KM professionals like today's guest have been promoting for years. Add to this, she's only been at her current position for less than two months. Jennifer Mendez is the Director of KM Innovation at Fisher Phillips, and while she is new at the firm, she brings years of experience in addressing the current needs of her new firm. As the saying goes, "never let an emergency go to waste," Mendez is finding the situation is allowing her to bring in new ideas, test and implement new processes, and quickly show the value of the KM and process improvement tools.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
13:05
May 1, 2020
Changing Jobs Mid-Pandemic - Maribel Nash, Cooley, LLP
On April 6, 2020, most of us were just hitting our third week of working remotely. For Maribel Nash, she was starting a new job at Cooley, LLP. While the timing may have complicated things like getting computer equipment from the new employer and orientation, Nash actually found that there were actually many opportunities in transitioning at this time. Whether it was getting more "face" time with her fellow employees, or getting to know others at the firm on a more personal level, it wasn't as much of a challenge as many of us might think. While this type of change isn't optimal by any stretch of the imagination, she found the experience to be pretty positive. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
09:42
April 30, 2020
What's It Like to be a New Fall Associate in 2020? - Tori Coates, Baylor Law School and Daniel Maldonado, St. Mary's Law School
This week I am focusing on the employment opportunities for lawyers during this pandemic crisis. I hit up my alma mater yesterday, and today I go even closer to home by interviewing two incoming Fall Associates at my law firm, Jackson Walker. Tori Coates is graduating from Baylor Law School in Waco and will join us in our Austin office. Daniel Maldonado is about to graduate from St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio. He will start in that same city's office this fall. Obviously a lot has happened between the time they left as Summer Associates last July and they have some wisdom and experiences to share with those going into Summer Associate positions this year.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
13:17
April 29, 2020
Connecting Law Students to Employers During a Pandemic - Alicia Currin-Moore, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Last week I talked with a number of law students about their adjustments during the pandemic for school, graduation, the bar, and employment. This week I wanted to focus more on getting, and keeping these students employed. I reached out to my alma mater and talked with the Director of Career Development, Alicia Currin-Moore, to see how the University of Oklahoma College of Law is keeping the pipeline of students to employers flowing. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:24
April 28, 2020
Lateral Recruiting in the Age of COVID-19 - Richard Hsu, Major, Lindsey, and Africa
While most of us haven't been in a physical office for more than a month, that doesn't mean that people aren't changing jobs. The legal industry's lateral movement was white-hot before the pandemic, and there while things have definitely slowed down according to today's guest, Richard Hsu, it hasn't stopped. Richard is a former BigLaw Partner and is currently the Managing Director for Major, Lindsey, & Africa in San Francisco. In addition to his day job, Richard also runs a fantastic podcast called, Hsu Untied, where he talks with legal and other business leaders (including people like Steve Wozniak, Mark Cuban, Angela Duckworth, and more) about entrepreneurship, leadership, and business strategies.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
09:33
April 27, 2020
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 5 - Michael Anderson, Emory University School of Law
In the final installment on how law students are coping with the changes in remote learning, I talk with Michael Anderson, 3L from Emory University School of Law. Michael discusses how he finished his semester at his family's home in Maryland rather than returning to Atlanta, and how he is planning to study and take the Georgia Bar Exam and plan for the start of his legal career. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:31
April 24, 2020
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 4 - Kanza Khan, Michigan State University Law School
In part four of our week-long series on how law students are coping with the changes in remote learning, I talk with second-year law student Kanza Khan. Kanza's story is a bit different than the previous episodes in that MSU's grading is not entirely pass/fail, and her classes continued to follow a fairly strict schedule to mimic the normal class lecture process. In addition, there's been a twist to her plans for her summer work. It just proves that this pandemic effects law students in many different ways. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
12:43
April 23, 2020
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 3 - Rachel Sodee, Vanderbilt Law School
In part three of our week-long series on how law students are coping with the changes in remote learning, I talk with third-year law student Rachel Sodee. Rachel discusses her experience with Vanderbilt's transition to online courses and her preparation for finals. We also discuss how the state of Tennessee is still planning for a July Bar Exam with an October option as well. And finally, we discuss how she is communicating with her Nashville law firm she is scheduled to begin working at in September. There are a lot of issues that 3Ls have to think about in a normal year. There's a lot more on the plate of law grads in 2020. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
10:11
April 22, 2020
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 2 - Morgan McGreevy, University of Texas Law School
In part two of our week-long series on how law students are coping with the changes in remote learning, I talk with second-year law student Morgan McGreevy of the University of Texas. Morgan started law school after working the past decade as an insurance underwriter. He walks me through how his classes transitioned to online teaching. How the University of Texas made clear, decisive decisions for how the Spring Semester would continue. And, the status of his summer associate position at an AmLaw 100 firm in Houston. There are a lot of moving parts going on for all of these law students as they prepare for Spring finals. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
10:48
April 21, 2020
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 1 - Stephanie Nweke, University of Houston Law Center
This week, I interview 2L and 3L law students about how they are adapting to their online classes, pass/fail grades, the upcoming finals, and what, if any, changes are occurring with their Summer or Fall Associate positions.  My first guest is Stephanie Nweke from the University of Houston Law Center. Stephanie is a 2L who is scheduled to go to California to work for a large law firm as a Summer Associate. She is also the co-founder of Blademy, an online learning tool for black millennials.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
10:51
April 20, 2020
Working Remotely, Together - Christine Sellers Sullivan and Jeremy Sullivan
#HOMEsweetHOME Today's guests bring home this podcast's catchphrase that "we're in this together." Christine Sellers Sullivan and Jeremy Sullivan are both legal information professionals, and a married couple working at home. While there are many married couples who planned their lives around working together, the pandemic has tossed many married couples into a togetherness that no one really expected. For some, this would be tough, but for the Sullivans, they seem to know each other's strengths, weaknesses, as well as good and bad habits. Throw in moving houses, and bringing their adorable Scottish Fold cat, Fred, and you have the makings for some pretty good stories.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:52
April 17, 2020
Will WFH Finally Drag the Legal Industry Into the 21st Century? - Kristin Tyler - LAWCLERK
#houseandHOME While the legal industry is adjusting to its new work from home reality (the running joke is "we are all in-house attorneys now"), today's guest manages a stable of some 2,800 lawyers who all work remotely. Kristin Tyler is the co-founder of LAWCLERK, a company that connects freelance lawyers with on-demand project-based work. She talks with me about how the legal industry may finally have a reason to move into the 21st Century and look at different technologies, and work structures that better fit today's lifestyles and work needs. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
10:01
April 16, 2020
Managing Our Expectations of Ourselves, and of Others - Steve Matthews - TRG Screen
#HOMEfieldadvantage Today's guest, Steve Matthews, CEO of TRG Screen (owner of Research Monitor), talks with me about how our decade long journey to the cloud has helped him seamlessly migrate his staff to a completely online work environment. This migration also makes the use of products like Research Monitor and Quest easily manageable within a remote work environment. Steve also discusses as our shelter-in-place situation extends, we need to understand our limits, as well as the needs and limits of those we manage.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
11:37
April 15, 2020
Transforming the Business - Steve Roses - William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
#inHOMEservice Steve Roses is a road warrior. As the Director, Sales William S. Hein & Co., Inc, and HeinOnline, he is at conferences and tradeshows constantly. While that may be put on pause for this pandemic, the need to help the customer continues as strongly as ever. Whether it is opening access to the academic community, or providing special PDF outputs for the courts, Steve Roses communicates and listens to the customers to make sure they have the resources and training they need to get through this tough time.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
10:41
April 14, 2020
Catching Our Breath… And Focusing On It - Heather Simmons (UGA) and Kyle Courtney (Harvard)
#HOMEbreath We are all busy and extremely stressed out at the moment. Heather Simmons of the University of Georgia School of Law and Kyle Courtney of Harvard University discuss how we need to make time for ourselves and take some time to think about mindfulness. Five minutes of sitting quietly and focusing on our breathing may not sound like a lot, but right now, it is. Simmons and Courtney penned an article a few years ago for AALL, that is a good place to start if you need more information.  In a time where we may be asked to take care of so many others, please don't forget to take care of yourself first. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
11:54
April 13, 2020
Reporting Legal News During a Pandemic - Amber McKinney - Law360
#HOMEcloset Amber McKinney is the Managing Editor for Law360 and is the host of one of my favorite legal podcasts, Law360's Pro Say. I got to see Amber's new recording studio, which also doubles as the closet of her apartment. There are a number of issues that Amber had to address as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down courthouses across the country, and began having a major effect on the legal industry as a whole. How should Law360 pivot to cover these issues, and still cover the bread-and-butter topic of all the other legal news?  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
12:35
April 9, 2020
Simultaneously Preparing for the Best and the Worst - Joy Heath Rush - ILTA
#HOMEtech When you run a large legal technology association, you know your members are one of the biggest reasons that most of us can work from home. It also means that there is a lot of pressure on those members to make sure everything is running correctly and that you understand tools that you may never have used before. In other words, your members are a little stressed out right now. Today's guest, Joy Heath Rush, CEO of ILTA, is using the resources of her organization to make sure that members are sharing ideas and experiences, and learning from one another during this very complex time.  She explains that ILTA and its members are having to plan for short-term and long-term issues. This also means having contingency plans for the worst-case scenario, as well as the best-case scenario. If there was ever a time to lean on one another, this is that time, and Joy wants to make sure that ILTA is positioned to be there through this time, and beyond. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
13:38
April 8, 2020
Dean Sonderegger - Adapting to Customers Living in a Virtual World - Wolters Kluwer
#HOMEawayfromHOME As the coronavirus spread along the global distribution chain, it became apparent that eventually, all global markets were going to be affected. For Dean Sonderegger, Senior Vice-President and General Manager at Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory US, the signs started in January, and by mid-March, the company was essentially an all-remote workforce. The new reality was that information needed to be fluid. Customers and non-customers were in need of reliable information. Students needed access to casebooks and study guides. Lawyers and Judges needed access to materials they only had in print. A global company needed some innovative answers to satisfy all of these disparate needs.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:15
April 7, 2020
The Era of Asynchronous Collaboration - Matt Homann - The Filament
#HOMEturf Matt Homann is the founder of The Filament in St. Louis. If your business is facilitating in-person meetings, like Matt's is, you might think that this time of quarantine and isolation would be disastrous for you.  While that is what Matt's traditional business model is, he’s using that experience to usher in new ways of thinking about asynchronous collaboration. That's not letting an emergency go to waste. Remember, we may all be in seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
14:04
April 6, 2020
Learning as We Go - Nicole Morris - Emory University School of Law
#HOMEfires Nicole Morris is the Director of the TI:GER Program and Professor in Practice at Emory School of Law. She shared with me a number of stories, both personal and professional about transitioning to teaching online courses. While things are happening at a rapid pace, she's trying to remain dynamic in how she approaches her teaching, and she makes sure that she shares her experiences with other professors, and listens to them for their own experiences and suggestions. It's important to remain flexible and be cognizant of the issues going on in the students' lives. And according to her, online teaching actually saved her house from burning down.  Remember, we may all be in seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
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April 3, 2020
Tossed into the Deep End - Andrea Markstrom - Taft Stettinius & Hollister
#HOMEscreen The speed at which the COVID-19 crisis hit the legal industry made it especially difficult for our technology staff and leadership. Now imagine that you’re the CIO and have been at your firm for less than 90 days and had to lead them through this unprecedented remote work structure. That’s exactly what today’s guest found herself doing. Andrea Markstrom, CIO at Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister's Minneapolis office joins us to share her story of finding herself leading the charge for an entirely remote law firm working environment. Andrea is also heading up a campaign through her i.WILL (Inspiring Women Igniting Leadership & Learning) program. Check it out and contribute. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
13:13
April 2, 2020
Managing to a Clock is a Bit Lazy - Kris Martin - HBR
#HOMEflipping We’ve talked a lot about managing remote people on the series so far. For Kris Martin, management consultant for HBR, that scenario was his daily life, except for one twist. He was the remote worker, and his employees were the ones in the office every day. Now, he has to adjust to the new situation where everyone is now remote. Oh… and add to that the fact that he lives in El Salvador and most of his staff is in New York City and Chicago. Remote workers will magnify how good, or bad a manager is. The key piece is knowing when to trust your works, and when to make sure they know you're available for them. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
11:55
April 1, 2020
Getting the Legal Information to the Legal Professional - Neil Sternthal - Thomson Reuters
#driveitHOME What role does the Legal Information Publisher play in this new work from home model for the legal industry? Neil Sternthal from Thomson Reuter talks with me to explain how they are supporting the industry in creative ways. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
13:45
March 31, 2020
The New 'New Normal' - Michelle Cosby - Temple Law School, AALL President
#HOMEloans  The New Normal was coined to define the changes after the Lehman Brothers collapse. There is another New Normal that is already happening around the legal industry. Today's guest, Michelle Cosby, has double-duty as the Director of the Law Library at Temple University, and as the President of the American Association of Law Libraries. She has to help her law students, student workers, law professors, and association members handle this remote work environment.   There's a need for leaders to be transparent and make sure that those who rely upon them, know what is going on. Michelle says that she is focused upon that need and letting everyone know what is happening, and what her plans are for both the Temple law library and AALL's immediate future.   Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
12:52
March 30, 2020
The Need for Next-Gen Roles in Law Firms - Toby Brown - Perkins Coie
#HOMEeconomics While law firms have been relatively well prepared for this transition to work from home, the future will have a number of challenges for legal professionals. Toby Brown is always looking at trends in the industry and understands that there are waves of challenges coming. Law firms are doing a good job of responding to needs, but they struggle with handling what comes next. Clients are going to start looking at their future needs, and firms need to do the same. He lays out some of the issues that hit the industry in the Great Recession and sees some of the same pressures (and opportunities) in the current situation. Are law firms situated to handle the upcoming challenges? Are they equipped with the proper staffing roles to take advantage of the opportunities? Are they hiring the "next-gen" roles like pricing and project management professionals? Are we ready for Summer Associates in May? Are we ready for pass/fail grades? Are we ready for a bust in the oil and hospitality businesses?  Are we continuing to react, or are we thinking ahead?  Speaking of 'next-gen' roles, Toby has helped create the new Legal Value Network as a place for these roles to find and share with each other. While the timing of the new community may be poorly timed with the current situation, Toby thinks it actually might be the perfect time since pricing and other professionals are going to need a community to help each other proactively address the market as we struggle with the changes that lie ahead. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
15:09
March 27, 2020
Zoom'ing Right Along - Cat Moon - Vanderbilt Law School
#HOMEschooled While the remote work and teaching environment might be new to most law professors, Vanderbilt Law School's Cat Moon has lots of experience. That's not to say she hasn't had her own frustrations, but she's coping better than most. She talks with me about the issues that law professors and law students are going through as all US law schools find themselves to be online schools. In a survey she gave Vanderbilt students, they pointed out a number of simple issues that are happening as professors teach remotely. Things like not using a microphone (earbuds/microphones), or not facing the right direction while teaching. Granted, these professors are being thrust into a teaching style they may have never experienced. And, they were forced into this within a matter of days. We're all learning, and we all need to give each other a little slack.  One thing this model does expose, however, is the lack of technology skills that law professors have.  It's something that many of us have pointed out for years, and now we're seeing it in real life. As you'll hear me say over the lifetime of this podcast, "never let an emergency go to waste." The silver lining may be that we finally convince law professors that they absolutely need to be better with technology.  There is a lot coming down the pike for law schools and the legal industry. The LSAT may be cancelled this summer. Is there going to be a Bar Exam? How are those hiring law students going to react to PASS/FAIL grades? Everyone is anxious about all these changes, and the leaders of the industry need to step up and ease these concerns by facing them and giving these students solid answers. Cat sees this as an opportunity and lists a few things that we could actually benefit. Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
15:23
March 26, 2020
Planning for the Unexpected - Vani Ungapen - Executive Director of AALL
Vani Ungapen prides herself on being a planner. So how does one plan for a future that is uncertain? By being nimble, flexible, go with the flow, and most importantly, don't panic. As the Executive Director of the American Association of Law Libraries, she is having to apply all those skills. With an annual conference scheduled in less than four months, there's a lot of uncertainty leading up to the New Orleans event.  The Association upgraded the staff's laptops, network, document, and phone systems over the past couple of years, and those upgrades are making it a lot easier for the AALL staff to work remotely. However, there are still things which don't work very well in a remote working environment. Such as, mailing out checks to pay bills. Everyone is learning that no matter how well you prepare, there are still processes that have to be adjusted in this work from home model. We are all being caught off-guard, but it's important to be prepared, and make sure that you are communicating with everyone involved.  Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
10:51
March 25, 2020
Remote Work is About the Process - Andrea Cannavina - CEO LegalTypist
#HOMEbase Andrea Cannavina understands the process of remote legal work. She's been at it for nearly 20 years as the CEO of LegalTypist. Andrea gives us a checklist of tasks that those new to the remote work environment needs to be successful, and stay sane. From the physical aspects of setting up a work area in your home, to the equipment needed, to the routine you'll fall into as you become more aware of the requirements of remote work. You're not just taking your normal work routine from the office and reapplying it to an in-home situation. It's going to be different. It's not just the workers who are going to struggle with the new work from home model. Managers will have a difficult adjusting as well. Especially those who think that if they don't have their eyes on their employees, that means they are slacking. Andrea's advice here is that managers need to understand that work at home is a process. If something isn't going well, it is the process that needs evaluating more than the people. It's especially important that managers not immediately go into "blame mode" when something doesn't quite work out. Remember to work on the process before you blame the people. Products Mentioned LegalTypist D-A-F-T System Dymo Twin Turbo Microsoft Teams Zoom Ruby Smith.AI Law Clerk Legal Law Firm Solutions Blog Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
13:43
March 24, 2020
This is a Marathon, Not A Sprint - Jim Calloway - Oklahoma Bar Association
#oklaHOMEa In the inaugural episode of In Seclusion, we talk with Jim Calloway, the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program (MAP). Calloway and I go back to my early legal days with the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network. He discusses the issues facing the state bar, the courts, and the members of the bar as everyone faces the reality of working from home over an extended time period.  Jim reminds us that this is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. Take care of your practice's number one asset...  yourself. The primary focus on most institutions is "life-saving" processes, and that means the legal system is going to be backed up.  Products: Oklahoma Bar Association's COVID-19 website Oklahoma Supreme Court's County Court Notices Law Practice Tips (Jim Calloway blog) The Digital Edge Podcast LawPay (credit card processor) United States Postal Service (stamps) Cloud-based Practice Services (e.g., CLIO) Password Manager (e.g., Dashlane) Video Conference Software (e.g., ZOOM) Electronic Signature Software E-Filing Services Electronic Notary Remember, we may all be In Seclusion, but we're in this together. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
12:30
March 23, 2020
In Seclusion Podcast Miniseries - Starts March 23, 2020
#mobileHOMEtrailer Welcome to the In Seclusion Podcast miniseries, with Greg Lambert. Over the next few weeks, we'll push out daily podcast where Greg talks with colleagues across the spectrum of the legal community about the new work at home model for legal professionals.  In Seclusion episodes cover our struggles, how we adapt, and tips and warnings for working In Seclusion. Just remember, while we may be In Seclusion… we’re in this together.  The first episode drops Monday, March 23rd on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or where ever you listen. Host: Greg Lambert (@glambert) Producer: Janice Anderson Artwork: Dean Lambert Music: Jerry David DeCicca Twitter: @InSeclusionPod
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March 22, 2020