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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Aug 26, 2019

Journal Issue Date: Sep 2019

Journal Name: Vol 55 No 9


Kate Prince had never produced a Podcast before but that didn’t slow her down when she was given the assignment to develop a network of podcasts as another benefit for Tennessee Bar Association members. Not to be undone, she began researching how to do it. Prince is the TBA’s Leadership Development and Innovations Coordinator. “I read through as many blogs and news articles about podcasting as I could,” she explains, “and based on that info, and with our budget in mind, chose the audio equipment I thought we’d need, the editing software and the hosting website that sends the shows out to all the platforms our listeners use.”

Kate Prince, right, and Katharine Heriges work on an episode of
BarBuzz — although they make the podcast so fun it doesn’t seem like work.

The TBA’s podcasts are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA’s website (at https://www.tba.org/node/108513).

t sounds intimidating but she points out she learned “there are no wrong answers — there are lots of ways to do it. It was a frustrating but enlightening process.”

Each episode starts with a great idea and then she sets up interviews — and then there’s the issue of editing the content once it’s recorded.

“Editing is the most infuriating process in the world. It has made me want to throw my computer across the room plenty of times. But when you finish and have an end product that you’re really proud of, you ride that high ... until it’s time to do another one.” There is pretty much always another one waiting to be produced now, since the TBA currently has three programs and plans to add one or two more. The programs in the TBA Podcast Network at the moment are Sidebar, BarBuzz and HealthyBar.

Sidebar features human interest stories from attorneys across the state. In the first episode, Prince interviews a lawyer with an astounding story:

“I graduated from TSU with a degree in criminal justice and psychology in December of 2002,” Keeda Haynes tells her. “And I reported to Alderson Federal Prison Camp to start my sentence two and a half to three weeks later.” Today Haynes is an assistant public defender at the Metro Nashville Public Defenders’ Office. How did she get from point A to point B? Listen to the podcast and you will never forget her story of five years in federal prison and the winding road to law school and practice.

This American Life is the best example of storytelling,” Prince says. “I want Sidebar to be like that — about attorneys in this state who people can relate to and take something meaningful away from it.”

Prince welcomes your story leads (send them to kprince@tnbar.org). She is especially interested in stories about attorney entrepreneurs who have “side hustles” in addition to practicing law, as well as attorneys who were in different professions before going to law school.

BarBuzz is a monthly rundown of TBA news and upcoming events at the local and state bar levels.

HealthyBar focuses on attorney well-being and offers best practices and tips to keep you healthy. The first episode features attorney Joanna L. McCracken, who is a founding partner of the Piper McCracken family law firm in Nashville as well as a meditation teacher and certified yoga instructor. She uses skills learned in these disciplines to educate the legal community on how to better handle occupational stress and how to use such skills to help clients. McCracken closes out the episode by walking Prince and listeners through an easy meditation exercise they can practice at home or in the office.

Some Reader Favorites

Here are some other podcasts you won’t want to miss:

  • Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, a former U.S. Attorney who breaks down legal topics in the news and engages thought leaders in a podcast about power, policy, and justice.
  • The Lawyerist, a weekly show highlighting small firm lawyers with interesting practices, and business leaders with ideas for small firm management.
  • Tennessee Court Talk, which brings together law experts “to discuss topics affecting judges, attorneys, law students and the people of Tennessee.” The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts launched it in August.
  • Cold, a true crime series following the same case for 18 episodes. “Cold is a great example of good journalism,” Prince says, “and is so well produced. It takes confusing subject matter and breaks it down.”
  • Also take a look at The Legal Talk Network, which groups law-related podcasts from a broad range of subjects like insurance, technology, solo practice, workers’ comp, law students, young lawyers and so much more.