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Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.
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Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.




Elite VANTAGE 2018 - Day One

Elite 2018 VANTAGE Worldwide User Conference - Day One


KM with Kim - Interview with Scott Bailey, Squire Patton Boggs

Welcome to another edition of KM With Kim, with Kim Stein, knowledge management manager at Thomson Reuters, Kim talks with Scott Bailey, Global Director of Research Services at Squire Patton Boggs about his firm’s use of km technologies and the importance to his firm of thought leadership in knowledge management.


Antitrust Under Trump

Developments this week in two mega-mergers are raising questions about what the Trump administration’s approach to corporate mergers. T-Mobile and Sprint announced plans to merge after similar plans were benched in 2014 over concerns the Obama administration would oppose the merger. And closing arguments were held in the Justice Department’s antitrust trial seeking to block the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. Mark Ostrau, head of the antitrust group with Fenwick & West discusses...


Are You High? Marijuana Laws & the Employer Drug Testing Haze

Marijuana use is now legal in dozens of states. But laws vary considerably. Is it medicinal use? Recreational? Do federal laws still take precedence? What are employers’ rights to screen to marijuana use? What are employees’ rights in jurisdictions where marijuana use is legal? Elizabeth Levine with Ghoulston & Storrs’ labor & employment practice provides some guidance through the hazy legal landscape for employers.


Document Automation – Workflow Strategies for Competitive Firms

Geoff Goldberg, Manager of Contract Express Service and Support for Thomson Reuters, recently moderated a panel about document automation hosted by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute at Legalweek 2018 in New York. Titled “Document Automation – Workflow Strategies for Competitive firms”, Goldberg and panelists discussed how firms can use document automation to meet client expectations for more innovative practices and greater efficiency; all with the end goals to provide...


Can the US Government Seize Overseas Data?

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have far-reaching implications on law enforcement’s ability to access digital records. In US v. Microsoft, the tech giant is challenging a US search warrant involving data stored in servers located in Ireland. The case poses major questions over data access in the Internet age. The case hinges on the Stored Communications Act, which was passed in 1986, long before the explosion of emails and the Internet. The...


Will the Supreme Court Legalize Sports Gambling?

The Supreme Court, in deciding Christie v. NCAA, could open the door for legalized sports gambling across the U.S. What are the odds? What would be the impact on professional sports? Glen Rothstein of Rothstein Law tackles the issue


For Public Consumption episode 3 - Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

As Congress continues its budget negotiations, concerns are rising about the potential on federal support of legal aid for people with low incomes, seniors, people with disabilities, and others who lack ready access to legal services. In this episode of For Public Consumption, Sharon Sayles-Belton, vice president of Government Affairs for Thomson Reuters, talks with Drew Schaffer, executive director of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.


Race to Judgement, a new book by Judge Frederic Block

Frederic Block is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, a musician, and a noted author. His first book, Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, provides aunique behind the bench look at some of the controversial cases Judge Block handled over his 23 years on the federal bench in Brooklyn. includiing the Crown Heights riots and the trial of Peter Gotti of the Gambino crime family. His...


Trump, the Presidency & the History of Executive Orders

President Trump signed more executive orders in his first 100 days in office than any US President since World War II. Ronald D. Rotunda, a U.S. legal scholar and professor of law at Chapman University School of Law, discusses the history of Presidential executive orders.


Do Corporate Boards Need More Millennials?

Aging corporate boards are getting lessons on how to foster the next generation of directors. Younger directors remain rare but they’re increasingly in demand for their skills and perspectives on topics such as cybersecurity, e-commerce and marketing to millennials. They can also bring diversity to otherwise “pale, male and stale” boardrooms. The next generation of board leaders say too many boards lack effective on-boarding practices for new members. What are best practices for...


Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

Free wi-fi is widely available and tempting to use, especially when traveling. Hotels, airports, coffee shops, even NYC subway stations provide it. But the dangers of public wi-fi are many-fold. Not only are they hunting grounds for hackers, but a new report from security firm FireEye claims a Russian hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, used hotel Wi-Fi networks to spy on high-value guests. While use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can safeguard against unsafe wi-fi networks,...


Emoji Law & the Evils of Emojis

Emojis are cute, fun...and can get you in a whole lot of legal trouble. “Emoji law” is increasingly a factor in e-discovery, particularly in labor and employment cases such as sexual harassment and discrimination. Jay Holand, chair of labor and employment at Joseph Greenwald, says it has gotten to the point where e mployment attorneys should start thinking about setting up emoji-awareness seminars for companies on how emoji and applications like Slack are creating new questions, and...


SCOTUS v. Federal Circuit?

As the Supreme Court prepares to open its 2017-2018 term, all eyes will on the docket to see which cases the high court decides to take up. In recent years, the Court has been taking an increased focus on IP cases. Wayne Stacy of Baker Botts says his analysis reveals that this is part of the Court’s growing scrutiny of the Federal Circuit Courts.


How NAMWOLF Partners With Big Law on Diversity in the Legal Profession

NAMWOLF CEO Joel Stern discussed how NAMWOLF works with large law firms to boost diversity and inclusion in the legal profession


Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession

NAMWOLF CEO Joel Stern discusses how unconscious bias impacts diversity and inclusion in the legal profession


How NAMWOLF Partners with Corporate America on Legal Diversity & Inclusion

NAMWOLF CEO Joel Stern discusses innovative partnerships NAMWOLF forms with Corporate America to boost diversity and inclusion in the legal profession


The Importance of Diversity in the Legal Profession - Interview with NAMWOLF CEO Joel Stern

The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession through greater corporate retention of minority- and women-owned law firms. CEO Joel Stern recently discussed NAMWOLF’s work with Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president, Government Affairs and Community Relations for Thomson Reuters.


Hurricanes & Disaster Recovery Legal Issues for Businesses

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have produced numerous fatalities and billions of dollars in property damage. As devastated areas move into recovery mode, numerous legal issues will arise for impacted businesses. Rachel Steely of Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston discusses what businesses need to keep in mind as they recover from the aftermath of storms and other natural disasters.