Listening to Legal Podcasts (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Are you familiar with podcasting?  Podcasts are similar to online radio talk shows.  They are usually produced in an episodic or serialized format.  The podcast trend has become progressively popular in recent years.  Serialpodcast.org defines podcasts on their website,

A podcast is essentially a radio show that you can get on the internet, so you can listen any time you want.  You have two options: you can listen to a podcast through a website (this is called streaming). Or, you can download a podcast, which means you’re saving it on your phone, or tablet, or computer, and you can listen to it anytime, even without an internet connection.

Have you thought about listening to a legal podcast created by a lawyer?  Podcasts have become increasing relevant for lawyers and legal professionals.  They represent a new way for lawyers to stay informed of new developments in the legal field.  LawBlogs.ca, home of the Canadian Law Blogs List – an authoritative directory of law blogs, lists three legal themed podcasts:

  • Ideablawg
    Ideablawg is produced by Lisa Silver, a lawyer and law professor in Calgary.  Her podcast explores criminal law.
  • Investor Lawyer
    Investor Lawyer is produced by Barry C. McGuire, a real estate lawyer in Edmonton.  The podcast focuses on real estate law.
  • The Docket Podcast
    The Docket Podcast is produced by Michael Spratt, a criminal defence lawyer in Ottawa.  His podcast discusses a variety of criminal, constructional, and legal issues.

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I encourage you to listen to legal podcasts over your lunch break or while you work at your desk.  Please let us know what you think.

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