Check out the @theBar podcast!

Posted authored by Jennifer Byrne

Have you checked out the CBA’s @theBar podcast on Legal Talk Network yet?  If not, you’re missing out!

What’s it about?

While hosts of the podcast are primarily young (and young-ish) lawyers, our goal in launching @theBar is to produce interesting, thought-provoking and oftentimes humorous content that lawyers of all ages can enjoy. So far, the show has featured high profile guests ranging from Brian Cuban (attorney/author and brother of Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban) to Retired Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Listeners are really responding. The show has been averaging 3,000+ unique downloads per month and has garnered an international listener-ship!

Below is a rundown of the episodes that have dropped so far:

The Financing the Fight Edition – August 1, 2018
Hosts Jon Amarilio and Jack Sanker are joined by Ajit Singh of the Law Finance Group and Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital to discuss how litigation financing is changing the face of modern litigation.

The AI Edition: Resistance is Futile – July 2, 2018
Should lawyers be fearful that AI is coming for their jobs? We talk about the ever-evolving, hot-button topic of artificial intelligence and how its impacting the practice of law.

The Peaking Beneath the Blindfold Edition – June 6, 2018
Joel Cohen discusses what motivates judges to make the decisions they make and how injustices in our legal system can come to define our society.

The Chicago Gun Violence Edition – May 8, 2018
Guests Amy Thompson and Max Kapustin discuss the severity and root causes of Chicago’s gun violence problem, whether recent discourse in the national media and by President Trump accurately characterizes the problem, and how we can find workable solutions to make a difference.

The Love and Divorce Edition – April 4, 2018
Miles Beermann and Kimberly Cook talk about the state of marriage and divorce in the U.S., and their experiences on the front lines representing clients in the contentious area of divorce and family law.

The Fear and Loathing in the Law Edition – March 7, 2018
Attorney Brian Cuban, discusses his latest book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption, which details his struggles with substance abuse and recovery.

The Illinois Budget Crisis Edition: How the @#$^! Did This Happen? – March 7, 2018
Illinois State Representative Greg Harris talks about the Illinois budget crisis that spiraled out of control and dominated headlines for Illinoisans throughout much of 2017.

The I’ll be Dreaming About Donkeys Edition – March 7, 2018 
In this edition, hosts Jon Amarilio and Carl Newman interview Retired Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals – one of the preeminent legal minds of 20th century.  Posner opens up about his unexpected recent retirement from the bench, his views about the treatment of unrepresented litigants in the legal system and his plans for the future. Also, if you’re eager to learn why Judge Posner left our recording session convinced he would be dreaming about donkeys, this edition is a must listen.

What’s coming up?

Upcoming episodes will cover an array of relevant and can’t miss material, including a discussion on Brexit with the Chair of the Bar of England and Wales, a conversation about civility in our uncivil times, and a breakdown of the Amanda Knox case with her Italian defense team.

How can you listen?

Episodes of the show drop monthly!  We hope you’ll join the conversation by subscribing and download episodes now on:

Google Play
Legal Talk Network

About the Author:

Jennifer Byrne head shotJennifer Byrne is the Director of the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association, for which she organizes and coordinates the many events its young lawyers enjoy, including continuing legal education and mentoring programs, social events, the CBA @theBar podcast, blog and more. Prior to Jennifer’s work as a bar association professional, she was a domestic relations attorney in Chicago. Jennifer attended law school at DePaul University College of Law and received a B.A. in both English-Literature and Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University.


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