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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.




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,...

Duration: 00:20:57

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 perhaps...

Duration: 00:22:01

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.

Duration: 00:07:13

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

Duration: 00:01:50

Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession

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

Duration: 00:01:39

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

Duration: 00:06:33

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.

Duration: 00:47:16

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.

Duration: 00:12:56

A Day in the Life of a KM Attorney - Morgan Lewis

Silvia A. LeBlanc of Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia discusses how the firm uses knowledge management and practice innovation, to collaborate with team members across Morgan Lewis’s global network and ensure they take full advantage of resources. She maps legal processes, creates productivity tools, and conducts training sessions that promote a culture of quality and consistency across matters.

Duration: 00:08:47

Tech Titans


Duration: 00:09:35

Data Security vs. Employee Rights

Balancing employee rights with employer's data security needs and data privacy requirements can be tricky. Anna Suh with Fenwick & West discusses how employers can manage this balance.

Duration: 00:10:06

Collaborative Disaggregation; a New Model for Firms? ILTACON 2017

Legal departments are increasingly turning to alternative legal service providers to handle certain legal tasks and matters on a more cost-effective basis. But now, some law firms are also engaging alternative legal service providers to help their client reduce costs and strengthen the firm’s client relationships Jeffrey Sharer co-chair of Akerman's Data Law Practice talked at ILTACON 2017 with Ed Sohn, Thomson reuters vice president of product management and partner management about his...

Duration: 00:10:28

IBM Watson Legal: Transforming the Business of Law with Cognitive Computing: ILTACON 2017 Keynote

Brian Kuhn, founder of IBM Watson Legal, addressed key misconceptions around artificial intelligence and cognitive computing in Tuesday’s keynote at ITLACON 2017. Kuhn talked with David Curle, Thomson Reuters director of market intelligence, and shared insights from business-of-law use case workshops IBM conducted with corporate legal departments and law firms over the last two years. He discussed patterns of customer interest and success related to the application of artificial...

Duration: 00:06:03

AI & Ethics - ILTA Day 1 Keynote Interview


Duration: 00:07:40

For Public Consumption Episode 2: An Interview with Diana White on the Future of the Legal Services Corporation

Earlier this spring, the Trump Administration released its full 2018 budget proposal, which outlined deep cuts, and even outright eliminations, of some agencies. Among the 19 agencies on the chopping block is the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), an independent nonprofit established by Congress to support low-income Americans with civil legal aid. While the budget for 2017 kept funding in place for LSC to the tune of $385 million, the expected budget showdown for 2018 has many legal aid...

Duration: 00:22:57

Brexit, Cuba & Trademarks

Brexit and Cuba may be oceans apart, but they share one common issue: a potential disruption of trademarks in both markets. Jeffrey Greene, a trademark partner with Fenwick & West discusses what issues need to be aware of if they are doing business or plan on doing business there.

Duration: 00:18:29

David Lat - Above the Law founder

Karl Florida, managing director of the small law firm business of Thomson Reuters, talks with David Lat, founder of the Above the Law blog about his experience as a pre-eminent blogger on the legal industry

Duration: 00:13:06

Fake News & Short Sellers

“Fake news” is nothing new, especially to corporations dealing with short sellers – investors who bet on falling stock prices, who have long been accused of deliberately spreading false information in order to drive bigger gains. But the Securities & Exchange Commission has been surprisingly powerless in dealing with short sellers. Mike Dicke of Fenwick & West, who formerly worked for the SEC, discusses what companies can – and can’t do – to combat fake news being spread by short sellers

Duration: 00:15:54


Soaring athlete contracts, growing TV revenues and cheating and doping scandals. Nope. Not the NFL or World Cup Soccer. It’s the burgeoning world of e-Sports or spectator video games. Video game live televised tournaments and leagues are fast becoming big business. And with it comes legal issues that are all too familiar for those who follow more established, traditional “ball-and-stick” sports leagues. Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law explores the new legal frontier of e-Sports. Coming...

Duration: 00:13:46

VANTAGE 2017 Keynote

A dicussion of the keynote at the 2017 VANTAGE Elite User Conference in Orlando.

Duration: 00:11:45

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