ABOUT THE PODCAST SERIES
John Hollander interviews successful lawyers to present an entertaining discussion of their careers and techniques. Each podcast (30-45 minutes) will feature issues that face junior lawyers when dealing with professional choices. Each interview is summarized on the Show Notes page together with links to the guest's contact information.
Season 1 features interviews where accomplished counsel present tips and guidance with respect to career development, an area of law (e.g. Construction, Family, Insurance), and a component of litigation practice (e.g. Discovery, Trial Preparation, Mediation).
An impressive group of Ottawa-area brand names has volunteered to participate in these 1-on-1 interviews. The breadth of guest has covered senior litigators, a senior solicitor, past presidents of the CCLA, mediators, and an arbitrator.
Season 2 features interviews with some younger lawyers than appeared in Season 1, including Advocacy Club members who can provide the perspective of junior barristers. Guests will discuss practice issues and techniques in an interactive exchange. This season also features Great Canadians connected to the law. These remarkable people have made substantial contributions to their community. Interviews will focus on their community involvement and introduce the people behind the accomplishments. From creating (from scratch) a network of committed lawyers to assist Syrian refugees to start a new life in Canada, to fostering access to justice across the country, to running a law school in the modern era, these Great Canadians can tell their stories to encourage others to think outside their boxes and to improve the lives of others.
During my practice, I have encountered several lawyers (including a law student) who struck me as having already contributed something of substance to Canada. With my microphone and laptop, I took advantage and the results can be found at this tab.
Season 3 is more opportunistic. Interviews arise where there is an opportunity, and typically, in support of an Advocacy Club event or objective. If you have a topic of current interest, let me know and I can set something up, here.
This tab features Advocacy Club members who tell the story of their first trial, or other advocacy event. The idea is that others can learn from what these litigators experienced. Each podcast lasts about 30 minutes and covers:
- How to analyze the case.
- How to prepare yourself and your witnesses.
- How to interact with counsel, witnesses and the decision-maker.
- Each offers specific trial techniques.
- Lessons learned.