Mar 13, 2022
Top Nine Legal Podcasts You Are Not Listening To, But Should
Mar 13, 2022
By Kristine Cirby
My podcast listening has typically been limited to the New York Times’ The Daily or NPR’s UpNext to learn what is happening in our world each morning. I recently began expanding my listening horizons at the suggestion of friends, who recommended some law-related podcasts. To compile a broader list, I also asked some local lawyers for their suggestions and through research included several that were repeatedly recommended. I hope you enjoy them.
Ear Hustle: This local podcast is a Radiotopia podcast that began at San Quentin State Prison. It was co-hosted by Earlonne Woods, then an inmate at the prison. Governor Newsom saw fit to commute Mr. Wood's sentence in 2017 but the podcast carries on and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize last year. Its episodes are informative about life inside prison, but also poignant, thought-provoking, and hilarious. Anyone who listens will come away understanding that none of us can be defined by the worst thing they've ever done.
New Solo: New Solo covers a diverse range of topics including transitioning from a law firm to a solo practice, rainmaking, law practice management, networking, job searching, technology, and much more. The goal is to answer the questions that arise throughout all phases of a solo career, providing an opportunity to continue learning and improving.
Law360’s Pro Say: Pro Say provides a recap of what happened in the legal world in the past week. The hosts are legal journalists who discuss big stories, as well as a few that didn’t make the headlines. With the help of their expert guests, they present stories in an easy-to-digest format.
Lawyer Entrepreneur: Host Neil Tyra focusses on “What They Didn't Teach Us About Running a Business in Law School.” The podcast is born out of that frustration and his experiences from running his firm. Tyra talks with successful solo and small firm practitioners along with leading business entrepreneurs and shares how he implements what he learns with the goal of helping you take control of your practice, and your life.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast: For over 15 years, this podcast has covered relevant, contemporary news from a legal perspective. Host J. Craig Williams invites industry professionals to examine current events and recent rulings in discussions that raise contemplative questions for those involved in the legal industry.
LawNext: Bob Ambrogi, publisher of LawSites, and publisher and editor-in-chief of LexBlog.com, features interviews with innovators and entrepreneurs who are changing the future of the legal industry. From small firm and legal technology startups to new legal business models, Ambrogi’s podcast provides predictions on legal tech products, services, and the future of law.
Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick: Amicus is a show about the law and the nine Supreme Court Justices who interpret it for the rest of America. Dahlia Lithwick is a Canadian-American lawyer, writer and journalist who is Slate's legal correspondent, providing summaries and commentary on current United States Supreme Court cases
Legal Wars: This riveting show dives deep into some of the U.S.’s most famous court cases. Author, actor, entrepreneur, and Harvard Law School graduate Hill Harper hosts this entertaining podcast. In each episode, Hill works through court transcripts and interviews, making you feel as if you’re listening from the jury box.
Unf*ck Your Brain: (formerly the Lawyer Stress Solution Podcast). Hosted by Kara Lowentheil, who, after earning a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Harvard Law, was on the law professor track when she pivoted to become a Master Certified Life Coach. She’s funny, smart and gives useful advice aimed at women lawyers that is rooted in both cognitive psychology and feminism.
These are podcasts that are not publishing new episodes but deserve a mention:
Heels of Justice: Sarita Venkat, head of IP Transactions Worldwide at Apple, and Katherine Minarik, General Counsel at Americas for Dyson, cohost this female-focused legal podcast. The two women created Heels of Justice so they could share the stories they wanted to hear—true stories about trailblazing female attorneys who made waves in politics, courtrooms, and boardrooms.
The Resilient Lawyer with Jeena Cho: Emphasizing practical and actionable information you can use to be a better lawyer, Cho shares tools and strategies for finding more balance, joy, and satisfaction in your professional and personal life. She speaks with lawyers, entrepreneurs, mentors and teachers who are successfully bridging the gap between their personal and professional lives, connecting the dots between their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. While Cho ceased making the podcast in 2019, her messages continue to resonate.
Did we miss your favorite podcast? Let us know!
Kristine Fowler Cirby has dedicated the past 30 years to advocating for clients in family law with the last 22 years exclusively in Marin County. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Marin County Bar Association and is currently President of the Board of Trustees for the Marin County Law Library.