Legal podcasts: Because you can’t review a brief while commuting
It can be difficult to stay up-to-date on new developments and ideas in the practice of law when there is already so much to do in the day. Subscribing to interesting and educational legal podcasts can keep you informed as well as entertained (especially
during a long commute). Here are four current podcasts that can help you improve your legal practice.
Produced by the Canadian Bar Association, The Every Lawyer releases 20-30 minute episodes every two weeks that touch on legal practice tips, lawyer wellness, and Canadian legal trends. It’s hosted by Julia Tétrault-Provencher and covers topics such as an exploration of the CBA’s Asylum seekers Toolkit, issues that arise when lawyers sit on boards of directors while managing a full-time legal practice, a look at practising law with a hearing disability, working with clients who are survivors, and discovering atypical careers within the legal profession.
Hosted by computer security industry veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, Smashing Security is a weekly podcast that covers recent cybersecurity breaches from around the world. The hosts explain how cybersecurity, hacking, and online privacy are changing and how recent online security failures occur and can be avoided. Recent topics include facial recognition apps, online data privacy, and prosecuting good faith security researchers. Episodes are generally 45 minutes to one hour in length.
3) Law Bytes
Hosted by Michael Geist, law professor at the University of Ottawa and holder of the Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, Law Bytes is a recent addition to the catalogue of Canadian legal podcasts, launched in March of 2019. Every week, Mr. Geist explores global digital policy from a Canadian perspective, with recent topics including discussions of federal privacy reform bills, the Online News Act, and the Online Streaming Act. Episodes are approximately 30 minutes in length.
A weekly podcast highlighting small firm lawyers and business leaders speaking on issues relevant to firm management, The Lawyerist is part of the Legal Talk Network, an American network of legal-related podcasts produced in association with organizations such as the American Bar Association and Thomson Reuters. Recent topics include dealing with grief in the workplace, starting your firm with succession planning in mind, and hiring for law firms.