Podcast: Election law and gerrymandering

votingWith the midterm elections coming in November, a lot of attention is being paid to election law. In this edition of the Planet Lex podcast from Legal Talk Network, host Jim Speta talks to law school professor Michael Kang about a wide range of topics in election law, from partisan gerrymandering to the effects of voter ID laws. Also discussed are how different political parties have used redistricting to their advantage, the urban/rural divide and the role state courts play in elections.

Podcast: Testing, analyzing and tracking marketing campaigns

cash moneyHow can you tell if all that money you’re spending on marketing your law firm is working? In this edition of Lunch Hour Legal Marketing from the Legal Talk NetworkGyi Tsakalakis and Kelly Street talk about the best ways to test and analyze your marketing to see if it’s really effective. They also discuss how to make well-informed and data-based decisions about how your marketing dollars are being used. You’ll also hear how to set your marketing goals and different ways to track your advertising success rate.

Podcast: Lawyer writes best-selling romance novel

Legal Talk NetworkThe Wedding Date is San Francisco attorney Jasmine Guillory’s first novel, and it’s already a USA Today bestseller. In an American Bar Association podcast, “When a pediatric surgeon impulsively asks the mayor’s chief of staff to be his date to his ex-girlfriend’s wedding that weekend, sparks fly. But can the two make a long-distance relationship work? In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Guillory tells the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles that writing served as a stress release from her legal work and functioned as her creative outlet. She discusses the challenges of representation for women of color in the romance industry, and the issues she had to consider when writing about an interracial couple falling in love. Guillory also shares how her background in legal aid helped inspire a subplot of the book, as the heroine tries to win funding for a diversionary program for at-risk teens.” Podcast courtesy of the Legal Talk Network.

Podcast: How drug distributors flooded America with opioids

As the opioid crisis continues to worsen, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The widespread abuse of prescription painkillers led to the surge in opioid abuse, and those prescribed pills were distributed by some of the country’s largest corporations. The Center for Investigative Reporting has this podcast on how it happened and why drug distributors ignored warnings of widespread abuse. There’s also a transcript of the podcast available.