Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession

Buckle up as we hit the gas with Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession, a PLI podcast hosted by legal innovator and thought leader Jen Leonard.  The legal profession has seen unprecedented changes over the past few years, with no signs of slowing down. Fast-Tracked brings you in‑depth discussions with leading experts on how cutting‑edge trends can — and will — influence your practice.

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Episodes

Thursday Jun 27, 2024

Legal industry leaders Brad S. Karp, Chair of Paul, Weiss, and Jami McKeon, Chair of Morgan Lewis, share insights from their impressive careers as long-time leaders of their respective firms and in the broader profession. From making tough decisions on controversial topics of the day to assessing how Generative AI will impact the industry's future, our guests peel back the curtain to reveal how leaders of successful firms build on their strengths to shape the future of practice.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Structural barriers to change may represent the biggest enemy to innovation, access to justice, and a coherent system of lawyer formation. From regulations that define what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law to the often-undervalued role state supreme courts play in reimagining the future of lawyer licensure, our guests Jordan Furlong of Law21 and James J. Sandman of Penn Carey Law have been at the forefront of these discussions, and share their insightful and inspiring vision for the future. Hear from these experts about how to better align legal education with lawyer regulation, how other countries’ approaches to legal services offer inspiration for the American legal services industry, and why they are optimistic about the future of law.
Related CLE Content: Visit PLI’s hub for law school students to learn more about our engaging and informative programs in a variety of formats to supplement the law school experience and prepare students for healthy and rewarding legal careers.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Friday May 24, 2024

The history of lawyer formation has given rise to an educational structure that intentionally separates learning from practice, making it challenging to adapt to the modern pace of changing conditions. The arrival of next-generation technologies begs the question: How do we rapidly reimagine the future of associate development to ensure that legal educators and legal employers co-design a scaffolded and coherent approach to setting new lawyers up to succeed while delivering value to clients?
Our guests, Alice Armitage of UC Law SF and Heidi K. Brown of New York Law School, have spent their careers infusing law school curricula with the mindsets and skills a rapidly changing world requires and law students and new lawyers deserve, and are uniquely skilled in matters ranging from design thinking to prompt engineering.
Related CLE Content: Visit PLI’s hub for law school students to learn more about our engaging and informative programs in a variety of formats to supplement the law school experience and prepare students for healthy and rewarding legal careers.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts.
Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

The Future of DEI in Legal

Tuesday May 14, 2024

Tuesday May 14, 2024

The legal landscape around diversity, equity, and inclusion has shifted significantly in the wake of several significant judicial opinions. While the legal profession has been notoriously slow to make progress in its efforts to nurture more inclusive practice environments, our guests share their unwavering optimism about the advancement of inclusion in the profession. They delve into the data that demonstrate the importance of equity to various stakeholders in the corporate legal services market, and also discuss why mentorship is so essential in driving change from within.
Join guests Shelley Smith of Archer & Greiner, P.C., and Caren Stacy of Diversity Lab as we push past the headlines and explore the roles of creativity, innovation, and relentless advocacy in shaping a more equitable future for law.
Related PLI Content: Connect with resources, insights, and people to foster more inclusive workplaces with PLI’s DEI Connect.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

The capabilities of generative artificial intelligence — reading, summarizing, analyzing, organizing, and producing draft documents —-- align with the very tasks law students and junior lawyers learn in the early years of practice. So how can we reimagine lawyer formation to harness AI’s efficiencies while also ensuring the full development of a lawyer's mind? Guests Ben Barton of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Cat Moon of Vanderbilt University Law School share their thoughts and offer examples of innovative practices that they are developing in their work.
Related CLE Program: Artificial Intelligence in 2024 - This program provides you with guidance on the legal risks associated with these technologies and services, best practices, and tips on how to anticipate and mitigate relevant risks.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

The last few years have marked a sea change in the way the profession thinks about mental health and attorney well-being. Paula Davis of the Stress & Resilience Institute and Shailini George of Suffolk University Law School join us to discuss the science underlying team well-being and how to support lawyers in elevating their health, beginning in the early days of law school.
Related CLE Program: Taking Control of Your Well-Being: Mental Health and Wellness for Attorneys -  This program offers resources, strategies, and techniques to improve your well-being and maintain your competence as an attorney. 
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

How in the world can today's legal leaders tackle the complexity of creating a vision to guide four different generations simultaneously? Join our guest experts Diana Cortes of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Jessie Spressart of Optia Consulting as we explore frameworks for organizing intergenerational conversations, describe the experience of leading large legal teams during the chaotic days of the last few years, consider what it means to "pay your dues" and how each generation can learn from the contributions of others, and how the future of this volatile world of life and practice will continue to challenge and create untold opportunities for living healthier lives while serving clients at the highest level.
Related CLE Program: Embracing Generational Diversity – This One-Hour Briefing discusses a framework for understanding generational perspectives, clarifying the distinctions between actual and perceptional differences, and when it makes sense to talk about these differences and when it doesn’t.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes.
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

In this episode, guest experts David Curran of Paul, Weiss and Lisa Fairfax of The Institute for Law & Economics at Penn Carey Law discuss ESG initiatives in the legal sector: What does ESG mean; how are corporations aligning governance to ensure the fulfillment of public commitments on social and environmental issues; how are law firms developing practices that support these efforts; and what does ESG mean in the legal profession?
Related CLE Program: ESG 2024: What It Means for Boards, Management, and Counsel - This program, a must-attend for board members, company management, and in-house and outside counsel, will address the relationship of ESG to long-term value creation, the duties of directors with respect to ESG initiatives, the drivers of corporate adoption of ESG measures, ESG frameworks and standards, and best practices for ESG governance.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Dive into this fast-paced conversation with Ilona Logvinova, formerly of McKinsey & Co., and Darth Vaughn of Ford Motor Co., about how generative AI is poised to impact the relationship between corporate counsel and law firms. Learn about how corporate legal departments are leading the way in leveraging technology so lawyers can focus on the most strategic elements of legal counseling and how law firms can serve as critical thought partners in designing the future of corporate legal services. 
Related CLE Program: Artificial Intelligence in 2024 - This program provides you with guidance on the legal risks associated with these technologies and services, best practices, and tips on how to anticipate and mitigate relevant risks.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts. Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Drawing on the combined expertise of two knowledgeable industry analysts, ALM’s Patrick Fuller and Heather Nevitt, this session explores the evolving relationship between corporate counsel and the law firms that serve them. With an emphasis on client expectations, revenue trends, and the role of emerging technologies, this episode's guest experts highlight the most important trends impacting the corporate legal services sector.
Related CLE Content: Visit PLI’s Corporate Counsel Center, providing legal, leadership, and industry content to in-house legal teams.
PLI’s Fast-Tracked: Emergent Issues in the Legal Profession podcast, brings you conversations with thought leaders, delving into the most dynamic trends shaping the legal world, from AI to DEI – and everything in between. PLI is proud to keep you ever current with timely programs, publications, and podcasts.
Visit pli.edu/ftpod for more episodes. 
Please note: CLE is not offered for listening to this podcast, and the views and opinions expressed within represent those of the speakers and host, and not necessarily those of PLI.

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