In Seclusion

In Seclusion

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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.


We’ll Be Two Meters Apart, But Still Face to Face - Justin North, Janders Dean
May 22 • 14 min
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.…
Continuing our Connectedness… Just in a Different Way - Sherry Kapple, Litera
May 21 • 14 min
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…
Expanding Community, Creativity, and Clients during a Crisis - Aurelia Spivey, Digitory Legal
May 20 • 12 min
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…
The Distance has Kept Us Together - Colin Lechance, VLex
May 19 • 13 min
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…
Navigating So Many Rules as We Start to Reopen - Mary Jenkins, Accufile
May 18 • 15 min
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…
Missing the Natural Serendipitous Exploration of Ideas - Kristin Hodgins
May 15 • 11 min
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,…
Legal Marketing Association’s Mission During the Pandemic - Jill Huse (President) and Kelly MacKinnon (President-Elect)
May 14 • 16 min
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…
Providing Legal Information Services in America’s Last Frontier - Susan Falk, Alaska State Law Librarian
May 13 • 16 min
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…
Providing Access to Justice in Paradise - Jenny Silbiger, State Law Librarian/Access to Justice Coordinator, Hawaii State Judiciary
May 12 • 17 min
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…
Young Lawyers Working and Living Through the Pandemic - Victor Flores, City of Plano and President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association
May 11 • 12 min
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…
NYLI’s Seven Guidelines to Return to Business - Lucy Curci-Gonzalez and Emily Moog, New York Law Institute
May 8 • 16 min
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…
What Does Reopening Georgia Mean for One County Law Library? - Sarah Mauldin, DeKalb County Law Library
May 7 • 15 min
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…
Creatively Diversifying a Print-Centric Library - Holly Riccio, California Judiciary Court Library
May 6 • 10 min
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…
How Do We Continue to Serve People Who Are Far Away? - Amy Small, Texas State Law Library
May 5 • 14 min
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…
Serving the Public’s Legal Information Needs During a Pandemic - Joe Lawson, Harris County Law Library
May 4 • 17 min
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…
During an Emergency, KM Professionals Really Show Their Value - Jennifer Mendez, Fisher Phillips
May 1 • 13 min
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…
Changing Jobs Mid-Pandemic - Maribel Nash, Cooley, LLP
Apr 30 • 9 min
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…
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
Apr 29 • 13 min
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…
Connecting Law Students to Employers During a Pandemic - Alicia Currin-Moore, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Apr 28 • 14 min
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…
Lateral Recruiting in the Age of COVID-19 - Richard Hsu, Major, Lindsey, and Africa
Apr 27 • 9 min
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…
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 5 - Michael Anderson, Emory University School of Law
Apr 24 • 14 min
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…
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 4 - Kanza Khan, Michigan State University Law School
Apr 23 • 12 min
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…
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 3 - Rachel Sodee, Vanderbilt Law School
Apr 22 • 10 min
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…
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 2 - Morgan McGreevy, University of Texas Law School
Apr 21 • 10 min
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…
How Are Law Students Learning In Seclusion? - Pt. 1 - Stephanie Nweke, University of Houston Law Center
Apr 20 • 10 min
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…
Working Remotely, Together - Christine Sellers Sullivan and Jeremy Sullivan
Apr 17 • 14 min
#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…
Will WFH Finally Drag the Legal Industry Into the 21st Century? - Kristin Tyler - LAWCLERK
Apr 16 • 10 min
#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…
Managing Our Expectations of Ourselves, and of Others - Steve Matthews - TRG Screen
Apr 15 • 11 min
#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…
Transforming the Business - Steve Roses - William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
Apr 14 • 10 min
#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…
Catching Our Breath… And Focusing On It - Heather Simmons (UGA) and Kyle Courtney (Harvard)
Apr 13 • 11 min
#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…
Reporting Legal News During a Pandemic - Amber McKinney - Law360
Apr 9 • 12 min
#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…
Simultaneously Preparing for the Best and the Worst - Joy Heath Rush - ILTA
Apr 8 • 13 min
#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…
Dean Sonderegger - Adapting to Customers Living in a Virtual World - Wolters Kluwer
Apr 7 • 14 min
#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…
The Era of Asynchronous Collaboration - Matt Homann - The Filament
Apr 6 • 14 min
#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…
Learning as We Go - Nicole Morris - Emory University School of Law
Apr 3 • 20 min
#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…
Tossed into the Deep End - Andrea Markstrom - Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Apr 2 • 13 min
#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…
Managing to a Clock is a Bit Lazy - Kris Martin - HBR
Apr 1 • 11 min
#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…
Getting the Legal Information to the Legal Professional - Neil Sternthal - Thomson Reuters
Mar 31 • 13 min
#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…
The New ‘New Normal’ - Michelle Cosby - Temple Law School, AALL President
Mar 30 • 12 min
#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…
The Need for Next-Gen Roles in Law Firms - Toby Brown - Perkins Coie
Mar 27 • 15 min
#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…
Zoom’ing Right Along - Cat Moon - Vanderbilt Law School
Mar 26 • 15 min
#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…
Planning for the Unexpected - Vani Ungapen - Executive Director of AALL
Mar 25 • 10 min
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,…
Remote Work is About the Process - Andrea Cannavina - CEO LegalTypist
Mar 24 • 13 min
#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…
This is a Marathon, Not A Sprint - Jim Calloway - Oklahoma Bar Association
Mar 23 • 12 min
#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…
In Seclusion Podcast Miniseries - Starts March 23, 2020
Mar 22 • 0 min
#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…