Are You Ready To Use Your Ears To Unleash Your Litigation Super Powers?
Only Chumps Are Still Reading The Cases. Right Now A Select Group Of Attorneys Have Discovered How To Use Their Ears To Stay Up-To-Date & Informed On All The Latest Criminal Law Changes.
“[The Premium Nuggets] keeps the current cases accessible and in the forefront of my mind. It’s been the easiest way I’ve found to stay current with the cases.”
“…I also have a high degree of certainty that the podcast is covering the most important cases with the biggest issues. I don’t have to keep track of the big cases because I know they’ll be covered on the podcast.” — Paul Meyers, Criminal Law Attorney
Having the right information at the right time is the difference between a successful outcome for your client and getting embarrassed in court.
Table Turned On Me
For example, a while back I strode into traffic court on an super simple driving while license suspended case.
The prosecutor, without missing a beat, quickly let me know that my case was overruled the week before and that there would be no dismissals on these charges.
I hate it when that happens.
I got the hell out of there with my tail tucked between my legs.
Just like that, in an instant all my years as a criminal litigator were completely nullified against this young, newly licensed prosecuting attorney who (at that time) knew more than me.
She completely turned the table on me.
There Had To Be A Better Way…
It’s situations like these and the larger complexity of our practice that got me thinking there had to be a better way.
- A better way to stay informed
- A better way to make sense of the array of statutes
- A better way to know about the changes
- A better way to keep up with the cases
- … and, shoot, a better way to earn CLE
This was when I started looking for an Illinois criminal law podcast.
You see, I had already been listening to podcasts that explained technical subject matter like economics.
So, I knew professional information could be broadcast with a podcast. Surely, the Illinois criminal law podcast was out there.
I searched and I searched, but I couldn’t find it.
Finally, I Just Made
The Darn Thing
I felt strongly that Illinois criminal law attorneys were missing out.
…and I now present to you, your secret weapon for keeping up to speed with the Illinois criminal law. It’s The Premium Nuggets Podcast.
The Premium Nuggets Podcast is a legal resource unmatched in –
- Ease of consumption and
- Relevancy to your criminal law practice.
Nothing else out there can streamline your legal learning like a podcast. There’s no better, faster way of mastering a criminal courtroom.
Not sure what a podcast is or how this helps your practice?
Let me explain.
INTRODUCING THE PREMIUM NUGGETS PODCAST
The Premium Nuggets Podcast is a subscription legal service that updates and informs you on the latest Illinois criminal case law.
INSIDE THE PREMIUM NUGGETS PODCAST…
I capture the valuable nuggets and lessons offered by recent Illinois criminal opinions.
I record and document only the most valuable bits of legal learning offered by the cases. Then, I package it all in an audio file delivered automatically to your phone, computer or other mp3 listening device.
This is called a podcast. It’s so valuable to attorneys because it relies on audio learning.
3 Reasons Why A Podcast Trumps Reading
- It’s easier, more efficient, and takes way less time
- You can do it while doing something else
- You can earn CLE credit
That’s right, you can actually earn CLE credit for keeping up with the cases.
How did I manage to pull that off?
I read the rules.
Did you know Illinois Supreme Court Rule 795(d)(10) says that “[n]o credit shall be earned by reading advance sheets, newspapers, law reviews, books, cases, statutes, newsletters or other sources”?
However, participating in an approved course is 100% legit.
Therefore, every quarter of the year I bundle all the podcast episodes of that period into audio courses for CLE approval. After approval, those attorneys who have been keeping up with the episodes are automatically entitled to CLE credit.
Those who fall behind just listen to the approved modules, assured their CLE certificate is waiting.
This podcast’s primary objective is to use the cases to increase your professional competence as an attorney. This is the perfect marriage between your obligation to earn CLE credit, the burdens of keeping up with the cases, and strengthening your knowledge base.
There is no easier way to dissect and analyze the…
- Significant intellectual
- Educational and
- Practical legal lessons
offered by the cases.
How Does It Work?
Step ❶: Register
First, you decide you want to do this and hit the subscribe button to register.
Step ❷: Your Magic Link
Then, you’ll receive a magic link in your e-mail.
Step ❸: Copy-Paste
Third, you copy then paste your magic link into your favorite podcast player.
Why Does It Work?
So check this out…
Modern educators like to say that modern technology has allowed them to “flip the classroom.”
Here’s what they mean:
Students now consume educational materials at home via the internet through YouTube and podcasts.
The time at school is now available for more active learning.
Active learning is where the rubber hits the road when it comes to getting information to stick.
The brain works best when it is creating and processing information not just consuming it. That’s when you ask questions about what you are learning. That’s when you get to be critical of the information you are processing. Without an effort to reconcile what you are hearing with what you already know true understanding and learning does not happen. Active listening means listening while analyzing, comparing, and categorizing what you’re listening to.
True learning is not a spectator sport.
Before online videos and podcasts came along teachers needed to use valuable classroom time to present the basic material being studied. The lectures and lesson plans provided the raw foundation for learning.
Homework is where students were given the chance to be more active with their learning.
See the problem?
The more active learning, the meaningful learning, had to happen without supervision.
Today, a teacher can “flip” this arrangement.
In a “flipped” classroom a student consumes the foundational elements of a lesson at home via online video or podcast and now uses the classroom time for more active learning.
Teacher time is when guidance and supervision can be applied for the biggest impact.
The question for lawyers is if they too can benefit by having someone else do the hard work of gathering the cases and presenting them for consumption?
Is there a benefit to flipping the cases?
The answer, of course, is YES!
When you listen you are doing it with a fresh legal mind, without the expense in energy, motivation or time to gather the material.
…and because you have a fresh mind it means you can listen actively.
You’re not wasting valuable brainpower trying to read, sift, and hunt down the information in the first place.
You begin beyond that point.
Now your listening with an active brain that’s asking questions, being critical, comparing scenarios, identifying fact patterns, and categorizing the knowledge.
But not just any knowledge.
We’re talking about valuable Illinois courtroom skills and relevant legal updates.
That’s how litigation experience is created, how legal memory is improved, and these are your first steps towards consistently overpowering the opposition.
Sure, you can still read the cases but an audio podcast multiplies your results.
The secret here is that you aren’t wasting valuable time and energy reading. It’s the reading that is a draining your mental resources.
With a podcast for crim law lawyers audio files are automatically sent to your phone. You learn faster and more efficiently. Outthinking and outperforming the other side is directly tied to how fast you can learn and process legal information.
The faster you manage to “flip” your legal learning the larger the explosion in your litigation skills.
…But I Couldn’t Possibly Remember Or Make Sense of ALL The Cases.
There’s also a realistic danger of information overload here.
That’s why a podcast for criminal lawyers has to be done right if it’s truly going to become a system for mastering the cases. Episodes must be produced in such a way that they promote retention and recall.
Without that we don’t have a system.
Without that it’s just another time suck in your day.
How The Brain Works
modern researchers in neurology, psychology and education know a lot about how the brain works. They know how the brain retains and recalls valuable information.
Scientifically there are very good reasons why an audio podcast can lead to fast litigation advantages and can streamline your legal retention.
…But it has to be done right.
learning, memory, and cognitive studies have all established that you remember what you understand. Said differently, that which you can understand will get remembered.
Known For Centuries
For example, take a simple memory task.
If you try to memorize a series of nonsensical words you’ll find it almost impossible.
Yet, as soon as you can construct a sentence or short story that utilizes the words, you magically remember the words.
Experts have known for centuries that people with the best memory are the ones who can couple random bits of information with imagined but familiar mental structures.
These “mental structures” often take the form of, for example, an abstract room in an imaginary castle, parts of your body, or days on a calendar.
Mental Schemas At Work
In the law, we also have pre established mental structures that act as our memory and learning building blocks.
In psychology and cognitive science they call these mental structures schemas. Schemas are just the broad categories used by your brain to organize information.
Take, for instance, a criminal trial.
You know how the basic steps of a trial work. You know how a trial unfolds, that certain things happen before other things. There are countless law related schemas used by your brain to make sense of all your new legal experiences and legal concepts.
There’s also a sophisticated filtration system at work here.
Your brain employs a powerful filtration system that determines what will and won’t be stored and remembered.
And a podcast for lawyers, to be effective, can take advantage of this. You see, the human memory filter is tied to three key facets of learning:
Experts know that
- emotions and
can all promote retention and learning.
What’s Going On In Your Head
But check this out:
You likely already bring a ton of courtroom experience to the table.
Immediately then, the information in this podcast makes it past an initial hurdle simply because of the subject matter. To your brain a podcast about the Illinois criminal law is highly relevant and will pass the initial gatekeeping function.
In the context of schema theory, all I’m saying is that your brain already has the filing cabinets built and constructed for the new information you’ll be listening to and processing.
There is a natural multiplying factor built in here.
The more you know the more you can know. The more you listen the easier it is to retain.
Indeed, schema theory has strong implications for improving your criminal law memory. The more you know about the law, the easier it becomes to learn even more.
Learning begets further learning.
The more you listen to the podcast the faster you progress.
This is because new learning always attaches itself to previously learned material.
As the brain builds up folders of information and begins to sort them into the appropriate drawers, your recall and retention of the material naturally improve.
New legal concepts and ideas become just a subset or a twist to something you already know, making it that much easier to process and retain.
But there’s even more going on here…
A podcast for Illinois crim law lawyers has got to take into account emotion if it’s going to be effective.
It all began with the early history of the human race. Yeah, yeah – I know. I’m not going to spend a lot of time back there. Events from a different millennium had huge effects on how your own brain developed.
You see, things that needed to be learned thoroughly were often linked to moments of high emotion.
A hunter in imminent danger of death because of a mistake would either perish or survive. Those who survived would probably perish on a future hunt unless they could remember their mistake well enough to avoid it in the future.
What was the difference between those who could remember and those who could not?
Well, some had brains that became more active at times of high emotion.
The course of evolution favored the survival of people whose memory didn’t filter out information that was linked to extreme emotions such as fear, anger and jealousy.
More recent research has shown that other strong positive emotions like exhilaration can also cause your memory filters to activate.
Information that is perceived during emotional times is more likely to be retained.
The implications for case law learning is clear.
In order to better absorb the information more thoroughly, the material in a podcast should be presented in such a way as to tug on the listener’s emotions.
Luckily, the case law allows itself to be presented with emotional undertones.
After all, these cases are about a crime. There is almost always a strong emotional element associated with what happened.
Also, the lawyers in a case make decisions that can be examined from an emotional perspective. The lawyers are not above having feelings when they find themselves involved in an intense litigation experience. There’s nothing wrong with emphasising the feelings of the lawyers in a case.
The point is that the stories in the cases make it extremely easy to link the material to some emotional element.
Combine this emotional element with your current legal schemas and you can begin to appreciate how an audio podcast zipping through the case law can begin to explode your own litigation skills.
Finally, any classroom teacher at any level can tell you that a little entertainment value in a presentation goes a long way to aiding retention.
Just ask yourself who were your favorite most impactful teachers?
Weren’t they the ones who knew how to have a little fun?
Super Bowl advertisers know how to get football fans to remember their products.
Modern news programs understand that a little entertainment goes a long way towards capturing attention.
The entire movie industry lives off making movies as entertaining as possible. The best directors know how to turn this glamour and glitz into memorable informative commentaries.
My point is that, although, a podcast for lawyers doesn’t need to break down into slapstick, stand-up comedy, when it’s appropriate a little fun and humor doesn’t hurt anything.
In fact, a little entertainment actually enhances your legal learning.
Once you understand what’s going on in your head you can begin to appreciate how an audio podcast designed specifically for Illinois criminal law practitioners can be effectively and efficiently utilized.
When you understand how it all works you can begin to imagine how you can use a podcast to transform your own practice.
Here are the…
Top 10 Most Interesting Ways To
Listen to the Premium Nuggets and Earn CLE:
10. While playing a round of golf
9. Hitting baseballs in a batting cage
8. Ice fishing
7. Jogging around the lake
6. Painting your family portrait
5. Doing yoga
4. Lifting weights at the gym
3. People watching at the airport
2. Bike riding in the countryside
1. DRIVING ANYWHERE.
Podcasts Are Growing
In Popularity & Utility
You should know that podcasts are quickly growing in popularity and utility in other professions.
Other professions are also quickly using this new tool to meet their own demanding educational requirements.
For example, you can find professional podcasts produced for:
- Medical Doctors
…But Don’t Just Take My Word For It
Clearly, my opinion is biased, but here’s what others are saying…
“[The Premium Nuggets] keeps the current cases accessible and in the forefront of my mind. It’s been the easiest way I’ve found to stay current with the cases.”
“I would say one of the biggest benefits to listening to the Premium Nuggets Podcast is that it makes the cases ubiquitous in my life. Here’s what I mean by that: Thinking about the cases and the broader issues is something I do more often. It’s a great sounding board for the issues and the cases. It keeps the current cases accessible and in the forefront of my mind. It’s been the easiest way I’ve found to stay current with the cases. Considering we are talking about the law, the experience is not very painful. I can listen in my car, the gym, my home, and I don’t have to log into WestLaw. I also have a high degree of certainty that the podcast is covering the most important cases with the biggest issues. I don’t have to keep track of the big cases because I know they’ll be covered on the podcast. The case law has just become a part of my daily life rather than something I turn to whenever I find time. I’m not going to read the cases every day. I just don’t have time for that. But the the podcast is like a refresher. It’s a good starting off place that helps me to remember the case names and the issues. For example, right now I don’t have an “eyewitness expert” case on my plate. Yet, I know the big case on the issue, “People v. Lerma”, and I know experts are now generally admissible. So that’s what I mean. When I do have to research, I know exactly where I’m starting.” – Paul Meyers, former Assistant Kane County Public Defender
“It doesn’t become a chore, but a convenience.”
“For me, the selling point was that it would be like advance sheets but I could recapture lost time while driving around in my car… It doesn’t become a chore, but a convenience. As I saw your posts scroll down my FB screen, I was literally thinking about having my iphone read me the case updates from the ISBA, even though it would be monotone and irritating. So this is better!” – Steven H. Fagan – Fagan, Fagan & Davis – www.myattorneysonline.com
“I am learning a lot.”
“I did get in [the Premium Podcast] and I am reaping its benefits! You are an amazing presenter and educator. I am learning a lot.” – Michael J. Buchman – Schaumburg Attorney
“I have recommended the podcasts to my close colleagues…”
“I have been listening to Samuel and the Criminal Nuggets podcast for about a year now. I find it to be very informative and a real time saver. Very relevant information for a defense attorney… I can’t wait to have cost effective CLE that is actually relevant to Illinois attorneys and within my solo practice budget. I have recommended the podcasts to my close colleagues/friends.” – Susan L. Stambaugh – Attorney at Law – www.macomb-attorney.com
Wait, I Have More
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: “How is this different than your free podcast, the Criminal Nuggets?”
A: Correct, the Criminal Nuggets is free and available on iTunes and other podcast directories.
The Premium Nuggets Podcast is only available to members who have paid for access to the material. You will find that the Premium Nuggets Podcast releases episodes more frequently than the free podcast. Additionally, episodes in the Premium Nuggets Podcast are shorter in length.
The paid alternative tracks the recent decisions much more closely.
Q: “How frequently are episodes released?”
A: The main goal of the Premium Nuggets Podcast is to track and follow the Illinois criminal court opinions as they are released. Only the most pressing and significant cases will be translated into a podcast episode. One of the main functions of the service is to sift through the cases for you.
This means up to 5 episodes per week may be released. Monday through Friday are the release days. The exact number of episodes released per week depends on what is happening in the courts.
I am extremely conscientious of your time. As such, each premium episode will be between 3 to 10 minutes in length.
Q: “Do I earn CLE credit by listening to the Premium Nuggets Podcast?”
CLE credit is not initially available simply by listening to the podcast. The Illinois Supreme Court Rules require that a CLE provider submit a curriculum and gain approval for a minimum 30 minutes of credit. The individual shows will be much shorter than the minimum required time period.
However, every quarter I bundle all the episodes into an audio course that gets submitted for approval. I notify members when the courses have been approved and CLE credit then becomes available.
Q: “Do I need an iPhone to listen?”
The purple podcast player on your iPhone can access the Premium Nuggets Podcast. However, various apps on your Android phone can also play this podcast. You can also listen to episodes through a browser online.
Any phone or device capable of accessing a podcast feed or accessing an mp3 file may be used to listen to the podcast.
The entire experience works best and is designed for podcast listening devices.
Once you have become a member, you are given a special link. Once this link is copied and pasted into your phone, you begin to automatically receive the premium episodes.
This sounds complicated, but you only need to make this connection once.
It’s literally a matter of copying and pasting. After that, the episodes are delivered to your phone automatically.
Q: “Is there a guarantee?”
A. I absolutely guarantee a full refund within the first 30 days. If you don’t find the value in this audio podcast, I don’t want your money. If you are not 100% satisfied, I promise to give you back every penny.
No hassles and we remain friends and colleagues. 100% Money-Back Guaranteed. I am not sacrificing my law license for a scam or gimmick.
Subscribers and attorneys who have selected the monthly payment option can cancel at any time.
Q: “Really, how is this different than the monthly emails I’m already getting from another provider – what’s the real value here?
A: Until someone who cares about the cases, the law and the practice of law reads the cases for you then provides you with an oral dissection of the case, the podcast cannot be compared to the services you are already paying for.
When I read the cases I’m pulling out and highlighting the practical courtroom advice and procedures they contain. I’m doing much more than reciting the black letter rules. I also am trying to determine where the individual cases fit in the big picture.
When there is an inconsistency in the cases, I tell you. When the case helps explain a broader concept, I lay it out.
The problem with other resources is that you need the time and energy to READ THEM. The audio podcast format makes it extremely easy to stay committed to the process.
The power in the Premium Nuggets lies in the:
- Learning Without Reading
- Paying Steady Attention to Recent Cases and
- The Sifting To Ensure a Case is “Episode Worthy“
Subscribing To This Podcast Is By Invitation Only
A couple things:
I’m not trying to get rich off this project.
A subscription to the Premium Nuggets costs only $25 per month or $250 per year (yearly plans are not always available).
These prices will not always be in effect.
I’m under constant pressure to raise the subscription fee. When the change does come (and it will come) pricing will go up.
A subscription to the podcast is by invitation only.
“Closing the cart” like this allows me to ensure that current subscribers are receiving top notch, high quality service.
I created a waiting list, so that I can retain the highest standards.
So, if you’re a criminal law professional who wants to…
- Receive an invitation to this exclusive legal service
- Make better use of your drive time
- Increase your litigation skills
- Easily identify winning scenarios, and
- Consistently outmatch your competition
Then hit the button below and join the waiting list.