Future Law Podcast

Future Law Podcast

This podcast cuts through the noise surrounding the future of law. All over the world and across all sectors, expanding and accelerating technologies are changing our lives and even changing us. How can the law and the legal profession keep up with all the changes? Law professors Michael Madison (US) and Dan Hunter (Australia) take a global view of the law and technology ecosystem, talking to lawyers, entrepreneurs, educators, students, and thought leaders across for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.

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May 16, 2022 25 min

The legal imagination often borrows from unexpected sources, one of those being a baking show! 

Watching baking competitions inspired Freshfields senior litigation partner Tim Harkness to reflect on different models of talent management in today’s law practice. 

Mike Madison talks with Tim about his new article, “Learning from baking shows,” in the April 2022 issue of Modern Lawyer.

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Guest: Tim Harkness 

Hosts: Dan Hunter an...

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Do you think it’s time to move past “thinking like a lawyer” as the key skill set that legal experts bring to their clients’ problems? 

As legal tech gets better and better, clients increasingly want more from their counsel: problem solving capabilities for dealing with “wicked” problems.

In this episode, Mike Madison speaks to senior lawyer and  Managing Director Duc Trang at legal recruiters Major, Lindsey & Africa, about wha...

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To code or not to code? That’s the question that legaltech founder Dorna Moini answered by creating Documate.

In this episode of the Future Law Podcast Dorna speaks to Dan about why it’s ok to be ashamed of your first tech build, as well as the skills and dispositions needed for the future of law.

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Hosts: Dan Hunter and Mike Madison
Executive Producer: Pariya Taherzadeh 
Editor/Mixer: Fyona Smith 

This podcast is powered by Que...

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How are incumbent lawyers standing in the way of the future of law? And what are future-oriented innovators doing about that?

Mike Madison chats with Eddie Hartman, well-known as a co-founder of the online legal technology company LegalZoom, and now a consultant and investor. Eddie focuses on thinking differently about the challenges and opportunities associated with expanding markets for legal services.  

Eddie shares his vision f...

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Lots of legal problems can be answered quickly, cheaply, and automatically – if only someone sat down and mapped out the steps. It’s just that there aren’t simple-to-use systems to do this.

So, two young lawyers and a computer programmer decided it was time to make a change.

Dan chats to Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder at Josef, Sam Flynn about an automated product he and his co-founder created, tailored for legal environmen...

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What do you think of when you hear an orchestra? Is it the music? Perhaps you imagine the conductor standing in front of a large orchestra waving their hands around?

What does all this have to do with law you ask? Good question, we asked it too. 

In this episode, Mike Madison chats with a conductor who has been leading symphonies and orchestras around the world for more than 30 years - Scott Speck, about how to guide a collection o...

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February 21, 2022 24 min

The growing role of technology in the legal industry is changing a lot of things for lawyers, but some fundamentals aren’t changing at all.  

One of those fundamentals is the key role that stories and storytelling play in legal practice, in judging, in designing and running systems, and in making and applying public policy. 

In this episode, Mike Madison interviews the Hollywood producer of American Beauty, Down With Love, Silver L...

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February 7, 2022 22 min

A lot has changed since the global pandemic hit, especially within the law industry. Working remotely has become the norm, and with that comes tech changes to the law. But what’s going to stay around once the pandemic eases up? The answer: everything! 

In this week's episode Mike and Dan talk about what matters, and what doesn’t, when it comes to lawyers knowing and using tech, including automation solutions, AI, and … blockcha...

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Are you worried about what automation will look like for you?

Perhaps you’re curious about how the disruptions of the pandemic will affect your job?    

Well, this season Mike Madison and Dan Hunter look at the skills and competencies of future law. 

Starting off the first episode of the year, Dan and Mike look at the changes they’ve observed in the legal industry over these last two years and how to best deal with this change.

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We're back for 2022 and this year we're shaking things up a little! 

This season we're delving into the skills and competencies in law: what’s classic and still in need, what’s new, and what’s getting more critical.

We'll also be looking at ways computers, algorithms, and data are being used to help (or maybe hinder) lawyers, clients, and even courts. 

Plus, every month we’ll be doing a deep dive with professionals ...

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"Legal" is today's buzzword for the roles that lawyers play inside companies. What does leading and managing "legal" look like, on the ground, in a sea of rapidly changing technology, talent, teamwork, and client needs? This episode features Stephanie Sciullo, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of MSA Safety, a Pittsburgh-based company with a long history and a critical contemporary mission. Listen to her co...

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TechLaw.Fest is a signature production by the Singapore Academy of Law, and the Future Law Podcast is pleased to continue the conversations hosted there with this podcast series on the future of law and technology. Rama Tiwari, Chief Executive of the Singapore Academy of Law, joins host Michael Madison of the University of Pittsburgh for a wide-ranging conversation about change management, in legal organizations and elsewhere. 

Lin...

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When will shifts to remote working bring changes to legal education as well? St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas recently received American Bar Association (ABA) approval to host a cohort of its JD students in a fully online environment. Even before the arrival of the COVID pandemic in early 2020, other US law schools had moved bits and pieces of their programs online. St. Mary's is the first school to...

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TechLaw.Fest is a signature production by the Singapore Academy of Law, and the Future Law Podcast is pleased to continue the conversations hosted there with this podcast series on the future of law and technology. This third episode in the series dives into law and technology at the heart of the technology industry, with a conversation about contemporary law practice in Silicon Valley. How are the needs and interests of the tech i...

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TechLaw.Fest is a signature production by the Singapore Academy of Law, and the Future Law Podcast is pleased to continue the conversations hosted there with this podcast series on the future of law and technology.

This second episode in the series features a conversation about judging and the role of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) in courts. Will robots replace judges? Hear from two senior lawyers with very different ...

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The future of law brings urgency to long-standing questions about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. This episode looks that those questions at ground level, in a complex business law firm.  It features an interview with Ellen McGinnis, a senior partner at the Haynes & Boone, a global firm with its roots in Texas.   

Ellen works in financial markets as co-chair of the firm's Fund Finance Practice Group.  She h...

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TechLaw.Fest is a signature production by the Singapore Academy of Law, and the Future Law Podcast is pleased to continue the conversations hosted there with this podcast series on the future of law and technology.

This episode features a conversation with Joyce A. Tan, a leading Singapore-based technology law, on innovation and technology and the challenges of staying one step ahead of the legal curve - or more. She is interviewed...

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Orrick, one of the world's best-known law firms, partners with The Future Law Podcast for a 4-episode look around the organization, taking stock of its people, its innovation practices, its organizational design, and its industry partnerships.  

This fourth episode in The Orrick series features a talk about Alternative Legal Service Providers (ALSPs) and related law and legal industry providers.  Are they law firm competitors? ...

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Bridget Mary McCormack, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan, has been aggressively pursuing court reform in that state's courts.  But "court reform" doesn't begin to describe the scope, ambition, and impact of what Michigan has been able to accomplish. Nor does the phrase "access to justice."  Listen to Chief Justice McCormack's provocative tour of the future of law, in conversation with Mike ...

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Orrick, one of the world's best-known law firms, partners with The Future Law Podcast for a 4-episode look around the organization, taking stock of its people, its innovation practices, its organizational design, and its industry partnerships.  

This third episode in The Orrick series features a talk about global operations and specifically about Orrick's Global Operations and Innovation Center (GOIC), its facility in Wheel...

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