Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Free Paralegal Resource: Legal Talk Network

Legal Talk Network's wide array of legal podcasts are available at no cost to in absolutely free. This is a really convenient way to stay informed about trends in the legal profession...brought to you by leading experts in the legal community.

Take a look at this week's new podcasts: 

Darvon & Darvocet Litigation: An estimated 10 million Americans are taking Darvocet, Darvon and other medications today for their pain. Darvon and Darvocet were removed from the US market after a safety study showed heart risk. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney Frank Woodson, from the Montgomery, Alabama firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., to take a look at the effects of Darvon and Darvocet, the FDA's role and the litigation that will follow. Larry and Frank discuss how the FDA has changed under the new Obama administration, what to do if you are experiencing side effects from these drugs and if we will see an increase in lawsuits involving Darvon/Darvocet in 2011.

The Defense of Marriage Act:  On February 23rd, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Obama administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in cases pending in federal court. Attorneys and co-hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams welcome Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Ken Klukowski, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, to discuss this controversial decision. Tobias and Ken discuss how this decision could affect current court cases, the impact on same sex-marriage and if this is the beginning of a DOMA repeal.

The Practice of Franchising:  How did franchising develop? In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Attorney Morton Aronson, Of Counsel at the firm of Federal & Hasson, LLP, to spotlight the practice of franchising. Dan and Mort discuss the key elements of successful franchising, domestic vs. international franchising and how franchising can help in our difficult economic times.

You ARE Backing Up, Right?  Everyone (well, we hope everyone) knows data backup is important. That's why we always vow to be more diligent after we lose more data at an inopportune time. Data backup has become more complicated over the past few years as our data moves out from our computers to the cloud. We know what to do, so why don't we? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss current good practices for data backup, whether backup fundamentals are changing, and how to walk the backup walk and not just talk the backup talk.

Maximizing Popular Applications for Legal & ABA TECHSHOW 2011 Preview:  How important is it for lawyers to stay on top of technological developments? Very. On the Legal ToolKit, host Jared Correia, Law Practice Management Advisor with Mass. LOMAP, welcomes Paul J. Unger, an attorney and partner with Affinity Consulting Group and the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2011, to talk about how attorneys can get the most out of some popular computer applications and to do a quick preview of the upcoming ABA TECHSHOW 2011.

Retiring Baby Boomers' Impact on Law Firms:  Could it be possible that Baby Boomers in IT and litigation support really might retire? Will law firms and law departments be caught off guard and face a sudden talent drought? In this March edition of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay welcomes David Cowen, founder and president of The Cowen Group and Michael Potters, CEO/managing partner of The Glenmont Group, to explore the ramifications and offer tips on how organizations can prepare for the brain drain.

Revitalizing Your Career with Continuing Education:  Looking for new opportunities in the paralegal world? On The Paralegal Voice, co-host Vicki Voisin welcomes Karen G. McGee, ACP, President of NALA and Christine E. Porter, ACP, Chair of NALA's Continuing Education Council, to talk about opportunities through NALA and how you can revitalize your career with continuing education. They discuss Advanced Certification and all of the options available in specific practice areas, as well as NALA's new "blended learning" approach and how to use these tools for career growth.

The Making of Out of the Ashes: 9/11:  Just days after the devastation of September 11, 2001, the federal government created the Victim Compensation Fund, a fund designed to help grieving families get through the tragedy. From this tragedy a documentary titled, Out of the Ashes: 9/11 was born. On Lawyer2Lawyer, attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi welcomes executive producer, writer and co-director of this documentary, Marilyn J. Berger from the Seattle University School of Law and Debra Brown Steinberg, partner with the firm, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, to get an in-depth look at the making of the incredibly compelling documentary. This documentary examines the legal, moral, and ethical ramifications of the Victim Compensation Fund and its impact on the civil justice system.

Inside ITC Investigations:  Why are companies choosing the International Trade Commission over district court litigation for patent disputes? On this edition of IP Counsel, host Attorney Peter Lando, partner at the firm of Lando & Anastasi, LLP, welcomes Attorney Craig R. Smith, partner at Lando & Anastasi, LLP, and a leading intellectual property trial attorney, to talk about why companies are choosing the International Trade Commission over district court litigation for patent disputes. Peter and Craig give an inside look into ITC investigations, and tackle a number of issues including recent holdings and other activity that have made the ITC a more popular forum.

Performing Quality E-Discovery Searches: Is it Time to Set Some Standards? Is it time to set some standards when it comes to quality searching in e-discovery? On Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises welcome Jason R. Baron, the Director of Litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration, to talk about e-discovery searches and whether it is time to set some standards to ensure quality searches. Jason talks about how best to search for electronic evidence in civil litigation, how searching has changed since the early days and also how the courts are handling thorny questions involving searches. He also shares information on the upcoming DESI IV workshop.

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