Winter 2020 Workshops

Future of Law: How a Shift in Mindset Can Help You Create the Future 

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Wednesday January 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m. 
Location: J125
Presenter: Oren Berkovich 

What does it mean to lead in an era of accelerating change? We all know that tomorrow is unpredictable, unknown, and unexpected. That’s why we tend to play it safe and can’t resist betting on solutions that feel familiar. But, if you think about it, the safe bet is on change.

So how can we lead successfully in today’s high-pressure, high-performance day-to-day, but at the same time, bet on an unpredictable, unexpected future? It’s not an either-or scenario but rather a need to embrace different mindsets that must coexist. The key is to develop the ability to purposefully choose which mindset to bring to which present or future reality.
This session explores:

  • How the acceleration of technology and AI are impacting the market place
  • The superpowers and blind spots each of us has
  • The six different essential mindsets we must leverage for success

Oren Berkovich

Oren Berkovich 
CEO, SingularityU Canada
Oren is an expert in being a generalist, mostly because there are very few things that don't interest him. His experience is driven by a curiosity to learn new things, wear different hats and try diverse work environments. He started as a Technology Captain in the Israel Defence Forces, was an entrepreneur in the Tel-Aviv startup ecosystem, and after moving to Canada, became a Senior-Manager for Strategic Growth at Deloitte. In 2016, Oren founded SingularityU Canada, a Canadian non-profit and part of the global network of Singularity University. At SU Canada, Oren and his team design transformational learning experiences. These ongoing engagements enable leaders to get ahead of the curve with the mindset, skillset, and network we all need in order to harness the power of new disruptive business models before they’re used against us. Whether it's helping small companies scale-like market leaders or very large companies think like small companies, Oren believes any kind of growth starts when leaders suspend their disbelief and become learners.

Core Skills - The Resilient Leader: Building your psychological capital 

Wednesday February 5, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Flv 219
Presenter: Rumeet Billan

Resilience is a powerful skill that can be developed. It is the ability to bounce back from obstacles and setbacks to achieve higher levels of performance. It requires developing positive adaptation processes to help overcome the challenges that we face and the use of positive experiences to build confidence in our strengths and abilities. It also involves interventions that support and develop self-trust, objective reasoning, perseverance and possibility thinking.

This workshop focuses on how we can develop strategies to build our resilience by examining the capabilities of psychological capital, and improve the experiences that we have to reach our full potential.

In this workshop you will:

  • Develop an understanding of psychological capital and its impact on overall well-being
  • Examine and evaluate the four competencies connected to resilience.
  • Explore and develop strategies to enhance overall psychological capital in order to promote and foster resilience

Dr. Rumeet Billan

Dr. Rumeet Billan
Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, speaker, author, and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience. Dr. Billan is the President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and an expert on Psychological Capital. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and has designed and facilitated programs, courses, and training sessions across industries and sectors. She has been twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and has been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, and The Financial Post. Dr. Billan led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace and is the National Ambassador for Not Myself Today®, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association that aims to transform workplace cultures. Recently, she released her first award-winning and bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become? designed for children and adults who are struggling with the question of what they want to be when they grow up. She also serves on the Board of Directors for G(irls)20 and CODE. Dr. Billan provides a platform that encourages youth, women, communities, and organizations to envision what could be possible. To learn more, please visit

Future of Law: The Role of the Futurist in Influencing Legal Strategy 

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Monday February 10, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Location: Flv 219
Presenter: Sanjay Khanna, Baker McKenzie LLP

Featuring Sanjay Khanna, Futurist and Director of Baker McKenzie’s Whitespace Legal Collab, the session aims to position the young lawyer for the future. Observing how the world is changing in important geopolitical, socio economic and organizational ways, we will consider how those changes could impact the practice of law. And most importantly, we will discuss how the young lawyer can best respond.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Understand what a futurist is
  • Learn how to deal with risk and change 
  • Explore the concept of future proofing and the value of long-term thinking

Sanjay Khanna

Sanjay Khanna
Director and Futurist, Whitespace Legal Collab

Sanjay Khanna is Director and Futurist of Whitespace Legal Collab, winner of a Financial Times Innovative Lawyers North America Award. The first futurist appointed to a global law firm, Sanjay advises senior leaders in business, government and civil society on complex twenty-first century risks and opportunities.

A global megatrends and scenarios expert, Sanjay has been a strategy consultant to Insurance Bureau of Canada and Centre for Social Innovation’s Agents of Change: Climate Solutions Program. Ford Motor Co.’s chief futurist invited Sanjay's contributions to Ford Trends 2017 and Ford Trends 2018. Sanjay was a founding member of the Loblaw Food Council, launched in 2016 by Loblaws, Canada's food and pharmacy leader. His interdisciplinary background includes academic and industry collaborations in artificial intelligence and robotics; mobile and ubiquitous computing; ethics, law, future of work and smart cities; global health, public health and public safety; and disaster risk reduction, environmental and climatic change.

Media outlets featuring Sanjay include The Globe and Mail, CBC’s The Current, The Lawyer, and AMA Quarterly, the journal of the American Management Association. Recently, Sanjay was a member of a global Baker McKenzie team advising Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance on a pro bono basis.

The Inclusive Leader: Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession - Business Case, Barriers and Strategies

Wednesday February 26, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Presenter: Nikki Gershbain
Location: FL219

Despite the increased emphasis and rhetoric on diversity and inclusion over the past decade, law remains one of the least diverse of any profession. Although more than 50% of Canadian law school graduates are women, women make up just 30% or less of law firm partners in Canada’s largest law firms. Although data on racialized and Indigenous lawyers, LGBTQ2S lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities is not as robust, we know the disparities and barriers are even more pronounced.

The research on the business case for diverse organizations is longstanding and incontrovertible. It is well-established that diverse and inclusive organizations are better positioned to tap emerging markets, creatively solve complex business problems, and have higher productivity rates. Clients are increasingly demanding that their firms reflect the diversity of the legal profession, as well as their own workforce and consumer base. Socially responsible community engagement is also shown to promote employee loyalty and engagement.

In this session, McCarthy Tétrault’s Chief Inclusion Officer, Nikki Gershbain, will explore the challenges and opportunities when it comes to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. Throughout the presentation, she will explore:

  • The business and values case for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession;
  • The barriers diverse lawyers experience when it comes to hiring, promotion and advancement in the profession; and
  • Meaningful strategies for moving the dial.

Nikki Gershbain

Nikki Gershbain, Chief Inclusion Officer, McCarthy Tétrault
Nikki Gershbain is Chief Inclusion Officer at McCarthy Tétrault, responsible for the firm’s national policies, programs, and initiatives related to diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. She has been an advocate for social change for 25 years, and is a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion initiatives and pro bono programming. Her reputation for excellence includes 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 nominations as a top legal “Changemaker” by Canadian Lawyer.

Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Nikki was the National Director of Pro Bono Students Canada. Under her leadership, PBSC earned numerous awards and accolades and became a Canadian leader in experiential learning in legal education, and the delivery of pro bono services to low-income individuals and non-profit organizations.

Nikki is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She earned her B.A. (Hons.) (summa cum laude) from York University, an M.A. from New School University in New York City (where she was a Fulbright Fellow), and her LL.B. from the University of Toronto. After graduating law school with multiple awards and honours, Nikki clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal, practiced family law at Epstein Cole LLP, and served as Executive Director of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

Core Skills: Ignite Your Leadership Potential with Emotional Intelligence
1:1 coaching session with complimentary EI assessment report

Top lawyers with high intellect (IQ) AND excellent people skills (EQ) will always thrive, no matter how pervasive technology becomes in legal services delivery. The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQi-2.0©) is a scientifically validated EI assessment used in organizations worldwide for leadership development, selection, retention, executive coaching and team effectiveness.

Understanding your EI baseline, strengths, and potential leadership derailers will support your development into a successful professional with an enhanced ability to recognize, understand and manage emotions in yourself and others. Enhanced EI translates to better, more satisfying and more productive work relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

This is not a typical workshop. The format of this offering is highly customized to each participant. Anne-Marie Sorrenti, executive leadership coach and Faculty of Law alumna, is offering 1:1 coaching sessions for up to 30 students. Registered students will watch an introductory video on EI core concepts (that they can view any time), take an EI assessment, and meet with Anne-Marie 1:1 to review the results of the EI assessment report and create a customized, actionable strategy for further EI development. Participants will leave the session with their EI report in hand and a deeper understanding of their personal EI strengths, possible blind spots, and a personal plan.

Confidential 1:1 coaching session with Anne-Marie are available in 40-minute increments on the following dates:

  • January 30, 40 minute increments between 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • January 31, 40 minute increments between 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • February 27 , 40 minute increments between 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • February 28, 40 minute increments between 12:30  - 5:05 p.m.

Anne-Marie Sorrenti

Anne-Marie Sorrenti, JD PhD, ACC
Anne-Marie Sorrenti is a leadership consultant and certified executive coach whose practice focuses on leadership for knowledge specialists and high potential talent. She works with professionals, executives and teams to improve organizational vitality and individual performance levels. Her supportive, inclusive, values-based approach encourages both the celebration of leadership strengths and the honest identification of areas for development.

Anne-Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, as well as a JD and a PhD, both from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001 and practised corporate and entertainment law at Heenan Blaikie. While pursuing her doctorate, Anne-Marie taught at the University of Toronto. Her coaching credentials are recognized by the International Coach Federation and she is a registered coach with the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Coach and Advisor Network. In addition to being an advanced EQi-2.0® and EQi-360® consultant, she is also a licensed practitioner of the Birkman Method® (a comprehensive personality inventory assessment), and the Pursuit Values authentic leadership system.

A dedicated volunteer with charitable organizations that support high potential leadership development, Anne-Marie is a founding Board Member of Girls E-Mentorship, an organization that matches motivated high school girls facing multiple barriers with professional female mentors. She is also an application assessor, interviewer and scholar coach for the Loran Scholars Foundation and supports Canadian vets transitioning to civilian life through her coaching and mentorship work with the True Patriot Love Foundation. In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys hot yoga, Italy and being in the mountains.

Core Skills: Communication skills for effective team decision-making

Thursday March 5, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 
Location: FLV 219
Presenter: Chris Graham

In this session, you will learn:

  • The requirements for successful team-based learning, especially when those teams are interdisciplinary and action-oriented (i.e., respond to unexpected events in a coordinated way)
  • How to cultivate those requirements (called Psychological Safety)
  • The limitations of group-based decision-making (Why people favour silence) 
  • Strategies for overcoming the limitations of group-based decision-making

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, Founder, TellPeople
Chris Graham has been a professional for over a decade. He’s twice been a lawyer: at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, in New York City, representing very large banks; and at Pape Salter LLP, in Toronto, representing Aboriginal governments across Canada. (There’s a surprising amount of overlap between those jobs—just ask!)

Chris is the founder and principal of TellPeople, a vehicle for teaching storytelling and communication to professionals. He is a volunteer counsellor for Camp Ooch (a camp for kids with cancer). He’s an investor in (think AirBNB for house concerts), and a popular storyteller and comedian on stages around Toronto.

Chris’s writing has appeared in publications in Canada and the USA and he formerly edited part of Canada’s leading legal encyclopedia. He can tell you what it’s like to ride a toboggan down a volcano, how cold it gets at night in the Syrian desert, and what it smells like in Britain’s oldest library. He’s a mentor to students at Massey College, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and Ryerson University.

Chris holds degrees from the University of Oxford (history), University of Toronto (law), and Acadia University (business). He is also a graduate of The Second City program in standup comedy.

Future of Law: Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Real Benefits and Challenges

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Wednesday March 18, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Location: J125
Presenter: Prof. Maura Grossman

This workshop will cover how machine learning and deep learning work, provide an overview of legal AI products currently on the market, and explore some of the benefits and challenges lawyers can expect to face as AI applications continue to proliferate.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Learn what artificial intelligence is and what it can do;
  • Understand some of the ethical and other issues raised by algorithms, including: bias; threats to privacy and security; transparency and explainibility; accountability and liability issues; 
  • Explore the employment implications anticipated as a result of the fourth industrial revolution.

Maura R. Grossman

Maura R. Grossman, JD, PhD
Prof. Grossman is a Research Professor and Director of Women in Computer Science in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. She also is Principal at Maura Grossman Law, an eDiscovery law and consulting firm in Buffalo, New York. Previously, Maura was Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where, for 17 years, she advised the firm’s lawyers and clients on legal, technical, and strategic issues involving eDiscovery and information governance, both domestically and abroad.

Maura’s scholarly work on TAR, most notably, Technology-Assisted Review in E-Discovery Can Be More Effective and More Efficient Than Exhaustive Manual Review, published in the RICHMOND JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY in 2011, has been widely cited in the case law, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her longstanding contributions to eDiscovery technology and process were featured in the February 2016 issue of The American Lawyer and the September 2016 issue of the ABA Journal, where she was recognized as a “Legal Rebel.” Maura has served as a court-appointed special master, mediator, and eDiscovery expert to the court in multiple high-profile U.S. federal cases, and has also taught courses in eDiscovery at Columbia, Georgetown, Pace, and Rutgers–Newark law schools. In addition to her JD from Georgetown, Maura also holds MA and PhD degrees in Psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University.