In Loco Parent(i)s
In Loco Parent(i)s
Karen and Steve Vladeck
A podcast about parenting and lawyering — in that order — hosted by Karen and Steve Vladeck.
Episode 2-10: A Non-April Fools Episode (with Pamela Brown)
Karen and Steve are back, albeit not necessarily better than ever (Steve's in the midst of a pretty nasty cold). After a brief recounting of recent events in their lives, they turn to a wide-ranging interview with superstar CNN anchor and correspondent Pamela Brown, who talks about what it was like to cover the Trump White House (and to do it while pregnant and then with little kids); how the media has been doing with the Russia/Ukraine war; and her really cool side-hustle in the Master of Studies in Law program at George Washington University Law School in D.C.
Mar 31, 2022
41 min
Episode 2-9: Team Crib for Life (with Neema Sahni)
In their latest episode, Karen and Steve are joined by Covington & Burling partner Neema Sahni, who talks about her experiences as an in-house lawyer at Disney(!); the transition to law-firm life;  and what it means to be co-chair of Covington's "Music Industry Group" and vice-chair of its "Sports Practice Group" (including why Steve is really jealous). Before chatting with Neema, Karen and Steve catch up on a busy week on the home-front, and a look back at Karen's first month in her new job (and Steve's two latest losses in court).
Mar 3, 2022
45 min
Episode 2-8: The Odds of Successfully Navigating an Asteroid Field (with Jennifer Judge)
Karen and Steve reflect on a wacky and wild weekend with the wee ones in Disneyland, and the rather ... sobering ... return to Texas, including the state's proposed attack on tenure at public universities and its very real attack on the rights of transgender minors. After diagnosing Steve with burnout, they then turn to a fun, wide-ranging interview with long-time friend of the pod Jennifer Judge, who talks about the life of an in-house lawyer and doesn't *quite* spill the beans on her big, impending career move.
Feb 23, 2022
1 hr
Episode 2-7: This is *Not* an Ember Ad (with Rachel and Ariel Levinson-Waldman)
In this episode, Karen and Steve reflect on a somewhat-less-crazy week, Valentine's Day, victory on the tennis court, and various other miscellany. They then have a wide-ranging interview with Rachel and Ariel Levinson-Waldman, on everything from the life of non-profit lawyers in Washington to having musical kids music-ing at the same time in the same house to their important work on privacy (Rachel) and legal services for underrepresented communities in D.C. (Ariel).
Feb 16, 2022
1 hr 7 min
Episode 2-6: Whistler While You Work (with Amdie Mengistu)
Karen has a new job!! We spend the first half of the episode talking about the big move from law firm partner to legal recruiting, what impelled Karen to make such a big switch, how the process unfolded, and how the first week has gone (spoiler: having both girls' schools closed Thursday and Friday due to weather is not ideal). We're then joined by Karen's new colleague, the savvy and brilliant Amdie Mengistu, to talk about his own move from law firm land (including coming onboard at Dewey in the fall of 2008) to a stint in the Staten Island public defender's office to recruiting, how the market has changed during his time at Whistler, and what he sees as the short-term horizon for lawyers thinking about switching tracks.
Feb 2, 2022
56 min
Episode 2-5: The Breyer Patch (with Tiffany Atkins)
The fifth episode of season 2 features a fascinating interview with Elon Law Professor Tiffany Atkins, who reflects on transitioning from legal aid to the legal academy; the challenges of raising three children of with a sizeable age gap; and how the legal profession and the legal academy, more specifically, can make access to the professoriate more inclusive and egalitarian. Before that, Karen and Steve reflect a bit on the news of the day —  Justice Stephen Breyer's apparent impending retirement from the Supreme Court — and Steve's predictions for how things are likely to unfold from here.
Jan 26, 2022
51 min
Episode 2-4: We've Made TikToks Together (with Alex Su)
It's déjà vu all over again as Karen and Steve talk about the latest setback in their attempt to have two consecutive days of childcare-less work (spoiler alert: no such luck). Then, they turn to a discussion of social media, how they use social media for their jobs/careers, virtues and vices of being active on Twitter and other networks, and advice for folks thinking about creating or expanding their online persona and presence. All of this is simply an appetizer to their interview with Alex Su, former big-firm lawyer turned Head of Community Development at Ironclad, who reflects on the intersection of legal work and sales; how he came to become a social media maven; and how he and his partner (a pediatric cardiologist) balance the demands of two crazy careers and one three-year-old.
Jan 19, 2022
1 hr 9 min
Episode 2-3: The One Where Steve Gets COVID (with Preet Bharara)
In their latest episode, Karen and Steve sit down with Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to chat about the life of a federal prosecutor; the upsides (and downsides) of having three *older* children; what he's been doing since President Trump fired him; and his forthcoming children's book, "Justice is..."Before that, though, Karen and Steve recap what's been a pretty difficult week on the home front, with Steve testing positive for COVID and quarantining, and Karen having to handle all of the parenting with an ... inconsistent ... school situation. It's a tough conversation, but one that more and more parents are having to undertake.
Jan 12, 2022
1 hr 9 min
Episode 2-2: I Want a Doggy (with Alexia Korberg)
Karen and Steve celebrate their kids' (potentially short-lived) return to preschool and school by recording a new episode, including updates on life with Omicron; how we survived winter break; and thoughts about how early-career lawyers can try to balance the obligations of firm jobs with the obligations of parenting young children (spoiler: help will be needed). They then sit down with Paul Weiss partner Alexia Korberg to chat about how they balance a high-profile commercial litigation practice with constitutional impact work; what advice they have for up-and-coming lawyers with similar aspirations; and what it's like to be one of the only partners at a major law firm who is openly trans and gender non-conforming.
Jan 5, 2022
1 hr 12 min
Episode 2-1: We're Baaaaaaack!
After hunting around the house for the microphones, downloading the right software onto their new laptop, and realizing that the new episode of Dopesick doesn't drop until tomorrow, Karen and Steve decided to kick off Season 2 of "In Loco Parent(i)s" with a bit of a free-form discussion -- of the last few months; of why they've been so busy; about transitions to Kindergarten (and elsewhere); and about future plans for the podcast.
Nov 10, 2021
37 min
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