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I Am The Law is a show about law jobs. We profile recent and seasoned law school graduates in different jobs to help listeners learn about the legal profession.

I Am The Law is a show about law jobs. We profile recent and seasoned law school graduates in different jobs to help listeners learn about the legal profession.

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Atlanta , GA

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I Am The Law is a show about law jobs. We profile recent and seasoned law school graduates in different jobs to help listeners learn about the legal profession.

Twitter:

@LSTUpdates

Language:

English


Episodes

Litigating Brain Injuries Against Huge Insurance Companies as a Solo [AZ]

8/24/2020
Ilya Lerma, a 1999 graduate of the University of Arizona, runs a small solo practice where she takes on insurance companies in complicated brain injury cases. She discusses the difficulty of running a contingency-fee practice, litigating as a woman of color, and how she manages the stress of being a lawyer. This episode is hosted by Kimber Russell. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School Admission Council.

Duration:00:27:29

Real Estate Litigation and Transactions (FL): Times Are Changing [Law Firm]

8/17/2020
Dan Drake, a 1995 graduate of Stetson College of Law, is a real estate attorney at a small firm in Florida. This episode is hosted by Kimber Russell. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School Admission Council.

Duration:00:33:07

County Prosecutor (Iowa): How Prosecution Can Be Like a Mathematical Formula

8/10/2020
Jon Holscher, a 2011 graduate of Drake Law School, is assistant county attorney in Iowa. This episode is hosted by Derek Tokaz. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School Admission Council.

Duration:00:26:06

Doc Review Hell: A Culture of Fear But Not Totally Awful

8/3/2020
At the bottom of the legal profession hierarchy lays the opaque world of short-term contract work, also known as document review. Known to some as the circuit, it's filled with new graduates trying to break into the profession, older graduates trying to on-ramp back in, and others who need the money to get by as they start their own practice, balance a family, or try to start fresh after a grueling job. In this special episode, we dive into this world through a roundtable discussion with...

Duration:01:04:11

In-House Counsel at a Software Company (DC)

7/27/2020
Zoe Sharp, a 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School, is assistant general counsel at Optoro, a software company that keeps her busy in many areas of law. This episode is hosted by Kyle McEntee. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School Admission Council.

Duration:00:24:03

Sports & Entertainment Law (CA): Making a Solo Firm Work Against the Odds

7/20/2020
Jeremy Evans, a 2011 graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, runs his own sports and entertainment law firm in southern California. This episode is hosted by Kyle McEntee. It's sponsored by LSAC, the Law School Admission Council.

Duration:00:31:41

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

5/13/2019
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
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
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
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
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 School...

Duration:00:22:28

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

6/5/2016
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, Dan...

Duration:00:19:32

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

6/5/2016
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
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 legal...

Duration:00:21:20

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

5/15/2016
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
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
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 Electronic...

Duration:00:13:28

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

4/3/2016
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 second...

Duration:00:26:33

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

3/20/2016
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 town...

Duration:00:29:47

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

2/29/2016
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