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The Advocate's Key

21 EpisodesProduced by J. Scott KeyWebsite

Scott Key is the founder of Scott Key and Associates, a boutique law firm that specializes in complex, high-stakes cases.Scott thrives on the challenge of a complex case. He’s not afraid of standing in the spotlight or taking on unpopular causes. He does not shy away from controversy. That's what yo… read more

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Living a Fulfilling Life (as a Lawyer) with Kathryn Burmeister

June 30th, 2022


Self-described "recovering attorney" Katheryn Burmeister joins Scott Key for a candid conversation about her journey in law, from starting her own firm to abandoning the status quo in search of happiness and …

Originalist Textualism 101 for Practitioners with Keith Blackwell

June 7th, 2022


Originalist textualism is a way of interpreting the law that can often feel a bit like stepping into a time machine. In this episode, former Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, Keith Blackwell, guides us through …

Organizing Your Case For Trial

April 22nd, 2022


When Elissa Haynes first moved from insurance defense work to trial work, the Atlanta partner knew she’d need a solid framework to build each case. …

Avoiding Common Legal Missteps

March 15th, 2022


As a legal malpractice attorney, David Lefkowitz knows all the common pitfalls and administrative errors that lawyers need to avoid. In this episode, Lefkowitz breaks down how a casual conversation with a friend to a …

Embracing the Fundamentals of Law

March 1st, 2022


An opera aficionado and legal history fanatic, William Maselli goes into each trial with the same care and passion as an artist. In this episode, the Maine-based criminal defense attorney breaks down broad legal …

Mapping Out Your Trial

February 22nd, 2022


Every lawyer prepares for trial in their own way, but what matters to Savannah-based attorney Tom Withers is the level of organization that he can bring to a case. Withers explains how he outlines his case from start to …

The Future of Mediation

January 11th, 2022


More and more lawyers are opting to take their cases to mediation rather than trial and John Miles, founder of Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services, doesn’t expect that trend to stop anytime soon. He shares what …

Connecting with Your Clients

November 9th, 2021


When you begin your own practice, you need to learn how to market yourself. After years of handing out business cards and writing out hand-written letters, Steve Murrin, the “Biker Lawyer,” has adapted his civil …

Meet the Animal Advocate

October 26th, 2021


As the one and only Georgia statewide animal crimes prosecutor, Jessica Rock fights animal crime by helping both prosecutors and law enforcement …

Bringing the Case into Focus

September 22nd, 2021


When Robin Frazer Clark set out to begin her own practice, she knew it would take patience, drive and, most of all, focus to pull it off. After 33 …

Keeping Politics and Unpopularity Out of the Courtroom

August 24th, 2021


In Frank Hogue’s long years as a criminal defense attorney, he’s never been daunted by high profile cases. That’s why he’s taken on defending George McMichael in the case of the death of Ahmaud Arbery. In this episode, …

TRAILER: Exploring the Art and Science of Litigation

July 27th, 2021


Welcome to the Advocate’s Key, a podcast where Atlanta lawyer Scott Key sits down with some of the nation’s top thinkers to explore their journeys to the courtroom and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Through …

The Importance of Pacing in Trial

July 1st, 2021


Studying philosophy and Japanese in college, Anna Cross has always been a deep-thinker with her eyes set on success. After decades of triumphant …

Bringing Creativity into the Court

June 17th, 2021


Raised by two lawyers, Adam Hames was always told he was genetically engineered to be an attorney. With experience in federal court, state appellate …

The Blueprint for Putting Forth Your Best Case

June 1st, 2021


After decades of practicing law, nationally-recognized criminal defense lawyer Doug Peters understands the heavy responsibility of advocating for those most in need. Peters shares what led him to start his own defense …

Why Lawyers Should Empower Others to Hold Them Accountable

May 13th, 2021


Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia and former Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, Charlie Bethel shares various lessons he learned …

A Second Generation Lawyer Looks Back

May 3rd, 2021


Carrying out his father’s legacy, criminal defense attorney Steve Frey offers stories from his own successful career spanning 28 years, beginning …

A Key Advocate for the Underdog

March 25th, 2021


Encouraged at an early age by her nonconformist parents to question authority and to be wary of the dangers of biased legal practices, Molly Parmer

A Lawyer’s Guide to Reducing Anxiety through Practiced Mindfulness

February 3rd, 2021


In her best-selling book, The Anxious Lawyer, co-author Jeena Cho offers guidance for lawyers looking to improve their mental health and practice of …

The Political Nature of Successful Legal Advocacy

December 30th, 2020


Lester Tate, former President of the State Bar of Georgia and former Chair of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission, discusses his career as a trial lawyer, the current state of judicial ethics, and the often …

Choosing the Right Juror Can Make or Break Your Case

October 15th, 2020


As a jury consultant for some of the nation's most noted cases, including the Unabomber and the Boston Marathon bombings, attorney Denise de La Rue

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