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The Keep Calm and Lawyer On Edition - October 9, 2019
Lawyers tend to bury themselves in work and focus solely on getting through the day. The result is that lawyers all too often ignore their own well-being and carry a sense of ambivalence about the legal profession’s problems with mental health and wellness. In recognition of World Mental Health day, host Jonathan Amarilio is joined by special guest host Stephanie Villinski of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, along with guests Dr. Diana Uchiyama, Executive Director of Illinois’ Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) and Chicago-based lawyer and wellness expert, Jonathan Beitner. The group has a candid discussion about lawyer mental health and addiction, as well as ways the legal profession can collectively cultivate a greater sense of wellness so that all lawyers can be as happy and successful as possible. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net. Brought to you by CourtFiling.Net.

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The Scarlet A Edition - September 5, 2019
Katie Watson talks about what ordinary abortion is and how it impacts millions of Americans, as well as why understanding the term can help us unpack many other social issues.

The Future of the Profession Crossfire Edition - August 7, 2019
Bob Glaves and Jessica Bednarz from The Chicago Bar Foundation talks about the future of the legal profession and attorney regulation.

The Chocolate Covered Edition - July 3, 2019
Valerie Beck talks about the world of craft, artisan chocolate and Valerie’s Chocolate Freedom Project, which is committed to ending child slave labor in the chocolate industry.

The Best Speech in Life is Free Edition - June 6, 2019
Geoffrey Stone talks about the current challenges surrounding the First Amendment and free speech.

The Chief Justice Edition - May 8, 2019
Dan Cotter, lawyer, historian, and author, discusses the history of the handful of jurists who have lead the Supreme Court.

The Mastering the Game Edition: Career Tips from Diversity Expert Sharon Jones - April 10, 2019
Sharon Jones gives listeners an update on the current state of gender diversity in the legal profession. 

The Tech Evangelist Preaches Edition: A Conversation with Legal Tech Journalist Niki Black - March 6, 2019 
Nicole “Niki” Black talks about the legal profession’s reluctance to embrace technology and why lawyers must become more tech proficient.

The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy - February 6, 2019

William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor, gives our listeners a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown”.

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Benching Judicial Independence: The Poland Edition - January 2, 2019
Mikołaj Pietrzak talks about the political and social conditions that led to this assault on Poland’s judiciary, the impact it’s had on the Polish people and legal system, and what can be done to defend the rule of law.

The Civility in Uncivil Times Edition - December 5, 2018
Jayne Reardon and Clare McWilliams talk about current societal trends, best practices for appearing before the bench and how to shift the legal profession’s culture to one of greater respect and civility.

The Illinois Attorney General Election Edition, Part I: Kwame Raoul & Part II: Erika Harold - October 29, 2018
2018 Democratic and Republican candidates in the race for Illinois Attorney General, Kwame Raoul and Erika Harold, discuss their respective backgrounds, and their views on the Office of Attorney General in an increasingly partisan age.

The Amanda Knox Again Edition: An Interview with the Defense Team - October 3, 2018
Amanda Knox’s lead Italian defense lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, and her media consultant, Alex Guittieres, give a behind-the-scenes look at the trial that gripped the world.


The Brexit Brouhaha Edition - September 5, 2018
Andrew Walker explains the practice of law across the pond, how the legal community is impacted by Brexit, and much more.

The Financing the Fight Edition - August 1, 2018
Guests Ajit Singh and Travis Lenkner 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.

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Jon Amarilio is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Chicago specializing in civil appellate litigation and critical motion practice. In addition to hosting @theBar, Jon is a frequent author and speaker on a range of appellate topics. Jon is a former Chair of the YLS, has been recognized by Chicago Lawyer Magazine and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as a "40 Under Forty" Illinois attorney to watch, and is regularly rated as a Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer by those publications. 

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