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In-House Counsel at the City of Detroit [Government] (Michigan)

5/13/2019
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Choi Portis, a 2011 graduate of Thomas Cooley Law School, is a lawyer for the water and sewerage department in Detroit. She handles litigation for the department, develops policies and procedures, and reviews contracts—so one day is rarely the same as the next. This episode is hosted by Kimber Russell. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School Admission Council.

Duration:00:21:31

Criminal Defense: A Lawyer for Tourists Who Got Out of Hand (FL)

5/6/2019
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Alan Fowler, a 2006 graduate of Mercer University School of Law, primarily represents tourists who got in trouble while on vacation. He talks about finding clients, their urgency in resolving their legal trouble, and how he learns about what they really want. Alan reminds us that solo practitioners are small business owners who happen to provide legal services. This episode is hosted by Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School...

Duration:00:21:13

International Human Rights Lawyer at the United Nations (NYC)

4/29/2019
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Matt Hoisington, a 2009 graduate of Boston College Law School, explains his path to and through the United Nations. He talks about how he managed to obtain one of the most sought after jobs in the law as an international human rights lawyer. He discusses his time doing law and policy at UN headquarters in New York City, and time abroad in Abyei and Darfur, Sudan. This episode is hosted by Debby Merritt, a law professor at Ohio State University. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School...

Duration:00:29:17

State Public Defender: The Complexities of Criminal Defense (Montana)

4/22/2019
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Alisha Backus, a 2014 graduate of Barry University School of Law, has an inspiring passion for her work representing people accused of crimes. When she was younger, she experienced the ugly side of our justice system as a victim of domestic violence. While this understandably causes others choose a different path, it helps her suss out reliable information from not only victims, but her clients too. This episode is hosted by Kimber Russell. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School Admission...

Duration:00:29:33

IRS Tax Lawyer (DC): From Tax Strategist to the Government

4/15/2019
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Deepan Patel, a 2013 graduate of FSU College of Law, explains his role at the IRS. While the IRS has many types of lawyers, he focuses on business taxpayer guidance, which ensures certainty for businesses making major decisions. He describes how he got into tax, where his career might go, and trade-offs between government and private practice. This episode is hosted by Derek Tokaz, a former lawyer and academic writing instructor at American University. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law...

Duration:00:22:28

Plaintiff's Personal Injury (NYC): A Radically Changed Business [Small Firm]

6/5/2016
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When most people are injured in car wrecks or at work, they can't afford to pay a lawyer an hourly fee out of pocket to win their case against a large corporation or their insurance company. That's why attorneys for the plaintiffs in these lawsuits use a contingency fee, which pays the lawyer about a third of the total settlement or verdict -- but only if the plaintiff wins. That amount covers the work done by the lawyers, and compensates them for the risk of no payout. In this episode,...

Duration:00:19:32

Title: Plaintiff's Personal Injury (NYC): A Radically Changed Business [Small Firm]

6/5/2016
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When most people are injured in car wrecks or at work, they can't afford to pay a lawyer an hourly fee out of pocket to win their case against a large corporation or their insurance company. That's why attorneys for the plaintiffs in these lawsuits use a contingency fee, which pays the lawyer about a third of the total settlement or verdict -- but only if the plaintiff wins. That amount covers the work done by the lawyers, and compensates them for the risk of no payout. In this episode,...

Duration:00:19:32

Federal Criminal Defense: Representing Indigent Clients as a [Public Defender] (NJ)

5/22/2016
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The right to counsel for criminal charges is essential to our system of justice. The federal and state governments must provide you a lawyer if you can't afford one. As such, underfunded public defender offices raise serious constitutional -- not to mention moral -- questions. In this episode, Candace Hom, a 2001 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, explains her role in the criminal justice system. She also talks about how she builds trust between her and clients, the various...

Duration:00:21:20

Business Immigration (OR): Helping Companies Bring Foreign Nationals To The U.S. [Mid-Size Firm]

5/15/2016
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After graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2010, Melina LaMorticella began her career at a local immigration boutique. Several years later she joined Tonkon Torp, a mid-size firm in Portland, OR. Business immigration law, however, is Melina's third career. In the 15 years before starting law school, she worked in publishing and as a paralegal. In this episode, Melina explains how the U.S. considers immigration applications from professional workers. She also talks about the charged...

Duration:00:24:36

Estate Planning and Probate (SC): Counseling on Legal Services and Otherwise [Solo Practice]

5/8/2016
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Kathryn Cockrill is a 2009 graduate of Touro Law School. Despite going to law school in the Northeast, she moved south to Charleston following law school. While she started her career at a small firm, she recently went out on her own to reap the rewards of building a business in estate planning and probate. In this episode, Kathryn explains the ins and outs of probate, for both the living and the deceased. She also talks about how she avoids bill collection pitfalls, why she plans to hire...

Duration:00:23:49

A Look Into Our Archives

4/12/2016
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This episode is brought to you by BarBri Law Preview. They're giving away a $10,000 scholarship for a 1L this fall. If you want to apply, go to LawGiveAway.com. In this episode, Kyle McEntee (LST's executive director) and Derek Tokaz (one of IATL's hosts) discuss three episodes from the archives. They reflect on what they found more interesting and important, emphasizing the value in researching legal careers early and often. The three episodes are: e-Discovery (OH): Reviewing...

Duration:00:13:28

Appellate Lawyer (VA): Telling A Court They Got It Wrong [Small Firm]

4/3/2016
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There's an old saying: When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither is on you side, pound the table. But if you're an appellate lawyer? All you have is the law because the record (facts) is set at the trial level. Virginia Whitner Hoptman is a 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. Immediately following law school, she had back-to-back appellate clerkships. The first was with the Third Circuit and the...

Duration:00:26:33

Criminal Defense (OK): The Business Side of Being a Lawyer [Solo]

3/20/2016
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. When you are a solo practitioner, you are a small business owner who happens to provide legal services. Many new lawyers fail to fully appreciate this right away, aggravating the already tall challenge of learning to practice law on your own. Matt Swain is a 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Right after law school, he started his own criminal defense practice in a college...

Duration:00:29:47

Education Law (IN): Helping Schools Work With Families, Regulations, And More

2/29/2016
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. Many types of educational institutions exist in the United States. Schools can be public or private, and serve different age ranges and missions. Regardless, schools are highly regulated at the state and federal level and need lawyers to function. Seamus Boyce is a 2006 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and an education attorney at a 38-person firm with offices throughout...

Duration:00:16:35

Federal Government Transactions (WA): Affordable Housing Deals and Counsel

2/22/2016
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, through a system of rules, regulations, and incentives, seeks to create strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities in recognition of every citizen's right to affordable housing. Naturally, such a system requires lawyers to dot the i's, cross the t's, and keep the system moving and improving. Kevin Krainz is a 2013 graduate of the...

Duration:00:17:18

Criminal Justice Advocacy From Within The L.A. Mayor's Office (CA)

2/14/2016
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. When someone is jailed for a crime, the punishment often extends beyond the sentence because formerly incarcerated people face structural barriers in their transition to freedom. In particular, limited employment prospects too often lead to a cycle of crime that's difficult to escape. The City of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Mayor Eric Garcetti, established the Office of Reentry in response to...

Duration:00:21:52

Workers' Compensation (TX): Helping Injured Workers Fight Insurance Companies

2/7/2016
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. If you hurt someone, a court may require you to pay their medical expenses and for their pain and suffering. Workers' compensation insurance changes this process for employers and employees. An employee loses their right to sue their employer for negligence in exchange for an insurance plan that pays for the employee's medical expenses and wage replacement when they're hurt on the job. Workers'...

Duration:00:21:07

Business Law (PA): Litigation and Transactions for Commercial Lenders (Law Firm)

12/14/2015
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. In this episode, Andy Park, a 2014 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, discusses his work as a junior associate for a 23-attorney business law firm in Philadelphia. Due to the firm's size and staffing model, Andy has amassed substantive and diverse experience in just over a year of practice. He tells us about his involvement in negotiating and originating loans, litigating and...

Duration:00:14:12

In-House Counsel (CO): Where Prioritization Outweighs Perfection

11/23/2015
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. In this episode, Jessica Morgan, a 2012 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, discusses her areas of responsibility as Vice President of Legal for Boulder Brands, a public company that owns a variety of food manufacturers. Jessica oversees a team of regulatory experts, manages outside counsel, manages the companies intellectual property portfolio, negotiates contracts, and continues to...

Duration:00:20:26

Public Finance (NY): New York City Biglaw

11/9/2015
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp. Life at a large New York City law firm is all about tradeoffs. On the one hand, junior associates receive large salaries, good training, and interesting exit opportunities. On the other, the "life" part of work-life balance can sometimes be difficult to manage. In this episode, Joan Kerecz, a 2013 graduate of Duke University School of Law, discusses the various roles she played in public finance...

Duration:00:17:32