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Law School Insider

LawSchoolInsider podcast is geared toward students that are considering law school and graduates of law school. We talk all about being successful in law school and in your career. The shows are short - only 15-20 minutes each - and are shared weekly on Thursday mornings.
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Dec 8, 2016

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Judge John Badalamenti, judge on the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. Judge Badalamenti shares his experiences with us as well as some of the struggles that he faced as well as explores how success is the intersection of opportunity and achievement.

Dec 1, 2016

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Jeff Thomas, Executive Director, Pre-Law Programs for Kaplan Test Prep. It was great having Jeff Thomas on the show as he talked to us about the LSAT, Bar Preparation and many other things. 

Nov 24, 2016

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Bob Beeckman, Special Investigator with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). #LawSchoolInsider

Nov 17, 2016

Eschelbach.pngThis week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Michael Eschelbach, Director of the Bureau of Tax Policy for the State of Michigan. Today we will be talking about his career in education and tax law as well as about things that you can do to find success in your legal career.

Nov 10, 2016

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Bryant Dunivan, attorney with the Law Offices of Michael J. Owen, PLLC. Bryant Dunivan focusses his career on real estate law, and today we talk about this niche area as well as his own journey through law school and beyond.

Nov 3, 2016

This week on the Law School Insider podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing Romando Nash, Associate Vice President for Student Services at San Jose State University. Today Romando shared his law school experience as well providing insight into other ways in which you may use a JD degree, outside of a courtroom. 

Oct 27, 2016
WKZO Morning Hour with Chris Trudeau

Selling a Haunted House? Legal Experts Give Advice on Scary Business

It’s that time of year. October 31st is hiding around the corner. Halloween and haunted houses. Both scary business. WMU-Cooley Law School Professors give practical advice to home owners with chilling concerns for more than just one day out of the year.

Professor Christopher Trudeau teaches Stambovsky v. Ackley in his Property I class. The case covers the disclosures of paranormal activity during the sale of a home. Professor Trudeau has also done extensive research on other statutes and laws regarding such cases. For instance, there is a law in Louisiana that requires individuals to disclose whether their house has a reputation of being haunted. Other cases actually cause people to disclose that a house ISN’T haunted as a marketing tool.

Oct 22, 2016

This week on the Law School Insider Podcast I am bringing you Laura McClellan who is of counsel for K & L Gates, a large international law firm that covers many different areas. Her primary focus are is in Real Estate law and today we will be exploring her journey.

Oct 20, 2016

Today on the Law School Insider podcast we talk with Professor Devin Schindler of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Professor Devin Schindler is an expert on Constitutional Law and I wanted to bring him on to talk about the new television show Designated Survivor as well as the reality of the law on television today.

Oct 13, 2016

This week on the Law School Insider podcast we welcome Nicole Abbood, host of the Gen Why Lawyer podcast to our show to share her own law school journey as well as the journey she has been on to find passion in her career and practicing with passion always!

Oct 6, 2016

This week on the Law School Insider Jacqueline Freeman, Director of Pre-Enrollment Programs and Diversity at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School shares secrets to attending law school as an international student. 

Sep 29, 2016

This week on the Law School Insider I had the pleasure to learn about a company that is offering legal assistance to consumers in a different way. Bill Dykstra is an independent consultant with Legal Shield, and he shares information with us today about how a company like this is assisting consumers by connecting them easily with lawyers.

Sep 22, 2016
Setting Yourself Apart From The Rest In The Legal Career Search

Setting Yourself A part From The Rest In The Legal Career Search. A #LawSchoolInsider Interview with Dean Charles Toy, Associate Dean of Career and Professional Development at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Sep 15, 2016
The Keys To Unlocking Your Law School Success

This week on the Law School Insider I am bringing you Dale Richardson, a lawyer with a solo practice, the Law Offices of Dale Richardson in Atlanta, GA as well as the host of the LivetheGoals podcast, a podcast that is dedicated to helping you set and reach goals that matter.

Sep 8, 2016
Are There Legal Jobs Today?

This week in the law school insider I am bringing you Dean Charles Toy, Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

This week we are talking with Dean Toy about the job market. In 2014 there was a lot of media attention to the downsizing of large law firms and an outcry that there was no jobs in the legal profession. Dean Toy is setting the record straight today as it comes to legal jobs.

 

Sep 1, 2016
Being A Solo Practitioner Offers Freedom - EP 60

This week on the Law School Insider we have Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Western Michigan University Cooley Law School alumnus Christopher Pollard, a solo practicing lawyer from New York that focuses his practice primarily on DWI and criminal defense work.

Aug 25, 2016
A Career in Military Justice as a JAG - EP 59

This week on the Law School Insider we have James Weirick who is a retired Marine Lt. Col. and Judge Advocate (JAG) who spent much of his career in the military justice system and continues to act as an advocate for this as well as an advocate toward continued reform in the military justice system.

Aug 18, 2016
Building your personal and professional network takes work - it's a job! - EP 58

This week on the Law School Insider podcast we had the pleasure of having on Leona Lewis who is of counsel with Loop Legal and runs a site called Comply Ethic which focuses on compliance issues for small businesses. 

Aug 11, 2016
Productive leaders solve problems, but servant leaders change communities - EP 57

"Productive leaders solve problems, but servant leaders change communities." A #LawSchoolInsider interview with Victor Flores.

 

This week on the Law School Insider we are bringing back Victor Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of McAllen Texas. Victor is our first return guest. In his first show he shared his experiences in going to law school after leaving the military. This week we are talking about his experiences working for a municipality and exploring the importance of helping others.

Aug 4, 2016
Keep An Open Mind, Be Structured and Believe In Yourself! - EP 56

This week on the Law School Insider we had the opportunity to have on Valerie Newman who is an Assistant Defender with the State of Michigan's Appellate Defenders Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center and today she is talking to us about her journey and how you have to keep an open mind, be structured and believe in yourself to find success in your career. 

Jul 28, 2016
Work to Learn Not to Earn and be Intentional in Law School! - EP 55

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you John Mashni an Associate with Foster Swift and graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. John Mashni was very intentional about the decisions he made in law school, the activities he took part in and more and upon graduation he had numerous job offers on the table even before he had passed the bar exam (a nice place to be)!

Jul 21, 2016
Starting Your Own Law Firm & Setting Yourself Apart From The Rest - EP 54

This week in the Law School Insider podcast we have Melinda Budzynski of the Summerfield Law Firm a solo practice that she started on her own after completing her law degree from felt Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. In our interview today we are talking about what it takes to start your own law firm as well as some of the things that you can do to set yourself apart in law school that will prepare you well for your future career.

Jul 14, 2016

This week on the Law School Insider I am bringing you Judge Richard Suhrheinrich who is Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit serving in Lansing, Michigan

Jul 7, 2016
Overcoming Large Challenges To Find Ultimate Legal Success - EP 52

This week on the Law School Insider Podcast we have the second interview with past professional bull rider turned successful lawyer, Shane Hilyard.

In the first interview with Shane Hilyard, we talked about his journey into getting accepted to law school. In today’s interview we talk to Shane Hilyard about his experiences in law school and some of the large challenges he had to overcome while in law school to find the success that he finally found in the career that he has now found in his own career.

Jun 30, 2016

This week on the Law School Insider I am interviewing Shane Hilyard, a Western Michigan University Cooley Law School alumnus and attorney with the Gallagher Law Firm. This is the first of two interviews where I talk to him about his journey to finding success. In this interview we talk about his transition from professional bull rider to lawyer and you will learn of the stumbling blocks along the way that ultimately led him to finding his success as a lawyer.

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