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Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donahue and Alex Lawson are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.

Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donahue and Alex Lawson are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.
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Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donahue and Alex Lawson are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.




Ep. 87: LIVE SHOW - SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting. We take a look at issues surrounding the #MeToo movement and how women are faring in the legal profession, with special guests Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York Colleen McMahon and NYSBA President Michael Miller. And are you still confused about how the judiciary will fare in the protracted government shutdown? We do a lightning round of what you need to know.


Ep. 86: Can Trump Declare A National Emergency To Build His Wall?

With the government shutdown nearing three weeks, President Donald Trump threatened this week to declare a national emergency to pay for a border wall that Congress won’t approve. Can he do that? To help answer that question, we’re joined this week by Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice, the author of a recent study on emergency powers. Also this week, we discuss how long the federal courts can stay open under the shutdown; Brett Kavanaugh’s first Supreme Court opinion; a...



Have you ever wondered what Amber, Alex, and Bill look like in person? Come find out when we appear at the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting at the New York Hilton Midtown on Wednesday, January 16 at 11 a.m. We'll be joined by special guests including NYSBA President Michael Miller and Hon. Colleen McMahon, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Don't miss the fun!


Ep. 85: YEAR END SPECIAL - The Biggest Legal Stories of 2018

2018 had no shortage of huge legal news developments. For our last show of the year, we’re sharing what we think were the three biggest legal stories, including: Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious journey to the High Court; an ongoing cycle where the Trump administration cracks down on immigration only to see their policies challenged in court; and the ever intensifying Mueller probe and criminal allegations against a long list of Trump associates.

Ep. 84: Clergy Abuse Victims Want New Shot At Justice

A bombshell grand jury report in Pennsylvania this summer that priests sexually abused a thousand children has kickstarted an effort to extend the amount of time that victims can sue, but not everyone supports the change. This week reporter Dan Siegal joins us to explain the situation and how similar provisions have worked out in other states. Also this week, we discuss Michael Cohen’s sentencing; and Federal Judge William Alsop quizzing potential jurors on whether they believe in UFOs and...


Ep. 83: You Copy-and-Pasted A False Statement. Are You A Fraudster?

Can you be held liable for securities fraud if you simply copy-and-paste someone else’s false statements? The U.S. Supreme Court wrangled with that question this week, and reporter Jon Hill joins us to explain the case. Also this week, we discuss President Donald Trump’s bid to collect attorneys' fees from Stormy Daniels after her failed libel suit; rapper Jay-Z’s successful fight for more diversity among arbitrators; and a lawsuit from Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen against a Florida...


Ep. 82: The Government Took My Land Rover. Now What?

If you’re charged with a crime, can the government just take your stuff? The practice of seizing property from criminal defendants, known as civil forfeiture, has skyrocketed over the past decade, but a new Supreme Court case looks likely to rein it in. To discuss the issue and the case, we’re joined this week by senior reporter Diana Jones. Also on this week’s show, we discuss another of President Trump’s controversial judicial nominees; Reed Smith firing a partner accused of sexual...


Ep. 81: THANKSGIVING SPECIAL - Pro Say's Legal Leftovers

In light of Thanksgiving this week, we’re taking a break from our normal show with a special holiday episode looking back at our favorite offbeat stories of the year. We revisit all the legal drama surrounding the West Virginia Supreme Court; a dine-and-dash dater; an attorney who called his client a “total moron;” a woman who took a toilet tumble at the White House Easter egg roll; and former Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s mounting legal troubles.


Ep. 80: CNN v. Trump

CNN took President Trump to court this week for banning reporter Jim Acosta from the White House, culminating on Friday in a major win for the network. Our own Bill Donahue was covering the case all week and walks us through the details. We’re also joined this week by John B. Bellinger III, one of several prominent conservative attorneys who say President Trump has undermined the rule of law. Also on this week’s show, a group of Harvard Law students organize a boycott against Kirkland &...


Ep. 79: Sessions Adjourned

President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions the day after the midterm elections, replacing him with a loyalist named Matthew Whitaker. At the end of a wild week, we’re talking about Sessions’ firing, about Whitaker’s controversial appointment, and about what it all means for Robert Mueller. Also this week, we talk about big votes on criminal justice and marijuana and interview a BigLaw attorney about her firm’s efforts to help voters on Election Day.


Ep. 78: Will RICO Suits Harsh The Weed Industry’s Mellow?

The tension between state and federal cannabis laws was on display this week in Colorado, where a marijuana farm beat accusations that their otherwise legal business amounted to federal racketeering. To break down the case’s big implications for a budding industry, we’re joined by Denver court reporter Diana Novak Jones. Also this week, we discuss Pittsburgh’s failed effort to hide the details of its bid for a new Amazon headquarters; and a litigious New York attorney who couldn’t shake a...


Ep. 77: BigLaw Quiet About Ties To Saudi Arabia

The murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi Arabian government has put U.S.commercial ties with the Middle Eastern nation under the microscope, and BigLaw is no exception. We’re joined by D.C. reporter Jimmy Hoover to talk about which firms have ties to the Saudis, the one firm that has already backed away, and the many others that have remained silent. Also this week, we discuss New York’s suit claiming Exxon Mobil defrauded shareholders by...


Ep. 76: Fla. Gov. Can’t Pick 3 New Justices On His Last Day

The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t pick three new high court justices in his final hours in office, capping off a strange judicial showdown in the Sunshine State. Carolina Bolado, our senior Florida reporter, joins us on the show this week to break it all down. Also this week, we’ll talk about a stinging dissent about criminal sentencing from Sonia Sotomayor; a case that’s been dubbed “The Biggest Class Action In History”; and more chaotic impeachment...


Ep. 75: The Supreme Court Loves Arbitration

The Supreme Court is once again set to weigh in on the important question of arbitration agreements, and what the justices decide in two big cases could have an impact on millions of workers across many industries. To unpack the new cases and what’s at stake in the term ahead, we’ll be joined by Law360 senior employment reporter Vin Gurrieri. Also on this week’s show, an accusation that a federal judge should have recused herself from a major case because she was in talks to join Cravath;...

Ep. 74: SUPREME COURT SPECIAL - Ex-Solicitor General Highlights Cases You Should Watch

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term officially under way, we're breaking it all down -- the important cases to watch, the petitions the court could grant, and how this term might differ from last year's whirlwind. Joining us to preview all things SCOTUS is Ian Gershengorn, a former acting U.S. Solicitor General and the current head of Jenner & Block’s appellate practice.


Ep. 73: Kavanaugh Showdown On Capitol Hill

All eyes were on Capitol Hill on Thursday for a pivotal hearing on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford described fearing for her life; Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegations. On this week’s show, we break down the whole chaotic week of news, including Thursday’s bombshell hearing and the latest developments from Friday. Plus, our reporter Michael Macagnone, who was in the room for the hearing, will join the show to...


Ep. 72: Manafort Plea Deal Spells Trouble for Skadden

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP is again facing scrutiny over its links to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The elite BigLaw firm has long denied any wrongdoing over its involvement in his shady lobbying for pro-Russian figures, but the plea deal Manafort struck with prosecutors last week seemed to contradict some of those claims. Law360 senior reporter Andrew Strickler, who has been following the Skadden story for months, joins us to break it all down. Also on this week's...


Ep. 71: EMMYS EXTRAVAGANZA - The Best In Legal Television

In honor of the Emmy Awards, we’re presenting our own honors to celebrate achievements in television that focuses on the law. Join us as we hand out awards for key legal moments from “Game of Thrones,” “The Office,” “Breaking Bad” and many more, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award for a certain long-running legal drama. Tune in.


Ep. 70: Kavanaugh Takes On Capitol Hill

Congress held confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week that included drama over documents, protests, and plenty of talk about big issues like abortion and gun control. D.C. reporter Michael Macagnone who was on the scene for the hearings comes on the show to give us an inside look at the action. Also this week, we discuss State Farm’s $250M settlement in a case over buying a judge; Facebook and Twitter execs weighing in on “fake news” and facing a suit over...


Ep. 69: Did State Farm Buy Itself A Judge?

State Farm is facing a trial this week over allegations that it spent millions of dollars to get a justice elected to the Illinois Supreme Court who later overturned a billion dollar verdict against the insurance giant. Law360 trials reporter Cara Salvatore, who will be in the courtroom for the trial, stops by to give us all the details. Also this week, we discuss Trump’s efforts to reshape the judiciary; a major ruling on the foreign reach of U.S. bribery laws; and a Texas federal judge...