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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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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.

Jun 23, 2016
Giving Back and Immersing Yourself Will Lead You to Legal Success - EP 50

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Brian Blackham of Ghandi, Deeter & Blackham, a law firm in Nevada. Brian Blackham is a Nevada Certified Family Law Specialist with a broad range of experience in family law litigation, including contested divorce and custody matters, relocations of minor children, temporary protective orders, child support, alimony, and the division of marital assets and debts, and has achieved exemplary results for his clients in all of these areas.

Jun 16, 2016
Working in International Law Offers Rewards and Challenges - EP 49

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Ryan Barshop, an attorney practicing law in the Philippines, but his practice has allowed him to open firms in multiple countries and he has learned much in his first six years in practice. 

Jun 2, 2016
We Need Good People More Than Smart Minds in the Legal Profession Today - EP48

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Mr. John Berry, the Director of the Legal Division of the Florida Bar and he will be talking to us about characters and fitness and some of the stumbling blocks that he has seen lawyers struggle with in his many years working with lawyers.

May 26, 2016
Using Plain Language As a Lawyer Will Open More Doors and Give You More Success! - EP47

This week in the Law School Insider I interviewed Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Joe Kimble. Joe Kimble shares why it is so important for you to write in plain language as both a law student and as a lawyer.

May 19, 2016
Balancing Work, Law School & Family Is Possible! - EP46

This week in the Law School Insider I interviewed current student at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Emergency Room doctor, Ryan McKennon. Ryan McKennon shares his experiences in attending law school and in balancing work, law school and family.

May 12, 2016
Secrets to Conquering the LSAT - EP45

This week in the Law School Insider I had the pleasure of bringing back Ashley Heideman of JD Advising as she shared secrets to conquering the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) with all of you. Ashley Heidemann has been working with current and prospective law students for a number of years helping them find success in the law school journey.

May 10, 2016
Being the General Counsel for Corporations Lets You Experience All Aspects of the Law! - EP44

This week in the Law School Insider we had the pleasure of interviewing alumnus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Ryan McKnight who acts as general counsel for Avasure. As a company Avasure develops, markets and deploys technology and educational tools that support the nursing profession in improving its practice environment. Ryan McKnight works in all aspects of legal oversight for the company, but this is not where he started his career, nor is it where he thought he would end up.

May 10, 2016
The 3 Most Common Mistakes Student Make in Law School And How To Avoid Them! - EP43

The 3 Most Common Mistakes Students Make in Law School & How To Avoid Them!. A #LawSchoolInsider interview with Ashley Heidemann

May 10, 2016
Truth is Stronger Than Fiction. Understanding how ethics can make or break your career. - EP42

Truth is Stronger Than Fiction. Understanding how ethics can make or break your career. A #LawSchoolInsider interview with Professor of Law Victoria Vuletich

May 10, 2016
Creating a legal career from social media - EP41

Creating a legal career from social media. A #LawSchoolInsider interview with social media legal expert, Ruth Carter

May 10, 2016
Understanding Law Professors Expectations of Their Students & Strategies For Success! - EP40

Understanding Law Professors Expectations of Their Students & Strategies For Success! A #LawSchoolInsider Interview with Professor Rich Henke of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

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