Winter 2018 Workshops

Building Your Professional Network

Monday January 15th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Christine Felgueiras

When done well, the benefits of networking can be significant to your career and professional aspirations.  In this session, students will learn the key components of how to optimize their networking skills, work any room with confidence, and quickly build valuable and lasting professional connections. 

Creative Problem Solving Laboratory – Crafting a Career That Matters

Thursday January 25th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenters: Robert Wakulat and Denise Pinto (new presenter)

Creative Problem Solving offers a great way to ask better questions, unpack problems more effectively and generate solutions efficiently. Structured creativity gets you asking better, bolder, more unusual questions. You will start to see your emerging practice in a more creative light and be offered a set of productive thinking tools that you can begin to apply and benefit from starting tomorrow (and use right away).

In this workshop, we will introduce Creative Problem Solving (CPS), an “open source framework” that can transform how you think through complex problems. Formulated by Alex Osborn (formerly of BBDO) and Sid Parnes (a university professor at what is now SUNY Buffalo), CPS is a structured method of creativity that has been used for decades in a variety of industries, but is only beginning to be harnessed as an elegant way to transform business models and build client trust in law practices.

Ignite Your Leadership Potential with Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday February 7th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Anne-Marie Sorrenti

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.

Topics for discussion:

  • The relationship between IQ and EQ
  • Common EQ challenges that lawyers may face
  • Identifying and reframing a leadership challenge in light of your unique report
  • Creating a personal EI development goal

Understanding Business Clients

Monday February 12, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Brian Livingston

Working with clients is an essential part of the practice of law.  Learning how to deal with those clients and the business operations they have will help you to be a better lawyer.  A significant part of working with clients is learning how to communicate and negotiate on their behalf.  

In this interactive seminar, you will have a chance to hear from a law alumnus who was the former general counsel of Imperial Oil.  You will learn about how clients think about lawyers and the legal advice they give.   You will also learn about how business clients approach business opportunities and create the strategy to pursue those opportunities.  

Find out more and register (e.Legal login required)

High Performing Teams - Becoming a Valued Contributor

Tuesday February 27th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Victoria Mlynko

Understanding how high performing teams develop, the common dysfunctions of teams, and how to becoming a strongly valued member of a team is critically important as you prepare for successful entry into the work place. This workshop will introduce participants to Patrick Lencioni’s bestselling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which presents five key areas to assess and develop as a team member, no matter your role, tenure or expertise.

Through interactive group discussion and activities, this 90-minute session will work through Lencioni’s five dysfunctions with the goal of facilitating self-assessment in each area and identifying practical tools and resources for becoming a highly valued team member.

Ready to Write? Professional Writing Skills

Monday March 12th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Stephanie Mitchell

Professional writing is a learned skill: it’s not the same as academic writing. Throughout your legal career, you will be judged by your professional writing. Your writing reflects your thought process, and your colleagues and legal employers will look at it to assess the strength of your arguments and your competence as a lawyer.

Whether you’re writing a research memo, a client letter, or pleadings, you will learn:

  • How to prepare
  • How to write persuasively
  • How to spot common mistakes and fix them
  • How to polish your writing

Navigating Conflict in the Workplace

Thursday March 22nd, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Delee Fromm

Conflict in the workplace can be destructive as it interferes with clear thinking, crushes creativity, reduces productivity and lowers morale. And, due to technology, all of us now face the possibility of online conflict interactions that arise more easily and are more intractable. Research shows that most people tend to avoid conflict with colleagues, which rarely leads to effective resolution. In fact, strong leaders are versatile in the ways they deal with conflict--they know when and how to deal appropriately with differences of opinion.

In this interactive seminar, we will explore five psychological approaches to conflict using examples from day-to-day workplace interactions. We will consider the “brain-under-stress” to enhance your emotional self-awareness and sensitivity to other people’s needs and circumstances. We will also talk about how to deal effectively with negative feedback, and practice a simple communication approach to use in conflict situations.

Fall 2017 Workshops

The Law and Technology

Monday October 2nd
12:30 – 2:00
Presenters:  Neil Guthrie and Luna Feng

In this interactive workshop, you will build an understanding of the rapidly evolving world of legal technology with a key focus on understanding what tools are available to help lawyers succeed in their practice. You will learn to evaluate when and how to embed technology into your practice as well as identifying what skills are necessary to ensure success. You also will gain insight into how Artificial Intelligence plays a part in Legal Tech.

Discover Your Leadership Style

Tuesday October 24th
12:30 – 2:00
Presenter: Lianne Krakauer

In addition to developing the skills of lawyering, being a leader requires strong self-awareness, communication and interpersonal effectiveness. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator ® is an established personality assessment tool that is used in organizations world-wide to support the success of leaders and teams. In this workshop, you will receive a personal MBTI report and have the opportunity to discuss the impact of your unique preferences on learning, work style and leadership.

Getting Better at Talking to Everyone

Monday October 30th
12:30 – 2:00
Presenter:  Chris Graham

You have great ideas and are excited to share them with peers, colleagues, and professors. You’ve worked hard, prepared, and did your best to share your vision—still, people didn’t understand.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to talk about your ideas using language that makes sense to other people. Specifically, you’ll learn simple tools for doing three things better:

  • Thinking about the audience for your ideas (what are they looking for?)
  • Getting that audience to listen (compelling stories stand out)
  • Helping that audience understand

Ready to Write? Professional Writing Skills

****WORKSHOP CANCELLED****

Tuesday November 14th
12:30 – 2:00
Presenter: Stephanie Mitchell

Professional writing is a learned skill: it’s not the same as academic writing. Throughout your legal career, you will be judged by your professional writing. Your writing reflects your thought process, and your colleagues and legal employers will look at it to assess the strength of your arguments and your competence as a lawyer.

Whether you’re writing a research memo, a client letter, or pleadings, you will learn:

  • How to prepare
  • How to write persuasively
  • How to spot common mistakes and fix them
  • How to polish your writing

Find out more and register (e.Legal login require