ADMITTED: A Podcast for Law Students

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Hello, Law Students.

Here at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, we know that being an attorney is a whole lot more than practicing law. Lawyers encounter unique stressors and situations that often arise out of nowhere. We’ve put together this podcast so that you can begin to get a handle on the legal profession before you’re out on your own.

We’ve collaged interviews together in order to give you topic-based episodes that share stories and experiences of attorneys that will be a benefit to you.

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Latest Episode:

The Making of a Trial Lawyer




After our last episode, My First Trial, we got so much great material that we couldn’t help but dig deeper into the topic of what makes a great trial attorney. We’ve got a mix of concrete tips and stories in this episode, so whether you’re dead-set on pursuing trial work or not, you’re bound to get an idea about how you can stand out whatever area of the profession you choose.

Special thanks to our podcast partner: The Skirball Cultural Center, presenting the exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg—now through March 10th.  This must-see retrospective of the iconic Supreme Court Justice closes soon! Come explore the exhibition and then attend the panel Succession Planning for the Revolution, examining the justice’s legacy, co-presented with Bet Tzedek on March 10th. Notorious RBG at the Skirball. Visit

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Guests (in order of appearance):

Hon. John Shepard Wiley Jr.


John Shepard Wiley Jr. was appointed judge in 2002 and worked in the complex litigation program since 2011. In 2018, Wiley was appointed as associate justice, Division Eight of the Second District Court of Appeal. He clerked for Justice Lewis Powell of the Supreme Court and has published in Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Duke Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and American Economics Review. Wiley was tenured at UCLA Law School, where he won UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He was a federal prosecutor. He climbed The Nose on El Capitan and the Northwest Face of Half Dome.


Brian Kabateck


Brian Kabateck serves as Founding and Managing Partner of Kabateck LLP. Brian is a nationally recognized and respected consumer attorney, and a preeminent leader in the fight to ensure access to the justice system. He’s a powerful advocate in the courtroom and at the California State Capitol for consumers’ rights and protections. Brian also serves as the 2018-2019 LACBA President as well as Chairman of Loyola Law School’s Board of Directors.


Michael D. Schwartz

Michael D. Schwartz

Michael D. Schwartz has tried 259 cases to completion, nearly all of which have been jury trials, and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He received a Bachelor of Arts with Magna Cum Laude distinction from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983, and a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 1987. Michael began his legal career in 1988 at Morrison & Foerster as a litigation associate, representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court.  From 1993 to 2018 he served as a criminal prosecutor at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. In 2019 Michael opened The Michael Schwartz Law Firm, where he will try civil and criminal cases with and for other attorneys. Michael has been an active member of the LACBA, where he served as President of the Barristers Section, as a Trustee of the LACBA, and as a Member of the Judicial Appointments Committee. For more about the TAP program Michael mentions, please visit


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