Winter 2019 Workshops

The Future of Law: Key trends shaping the legal profession

Future of LawTuesday January 15, 12:30 – 2:00
Presenter: Gillian Hadfield

Featuring Faculty of Law professor Gillian Hadfield, a leading scholar on this topic, this session will focus on the forces that are transforming the legal profession and legal services.

Topics covered will include:

  • How artificial intelligence and globalization are reshaping the market for legal services
  • How technology and other disruptive approaches are creating new opportunities in the delivery of legal services
  • The challenges to the “big law” paradigm
  • The impact of alternative business structures
  • Access to justice and the promise of technology
  • The changing skill set required to be a successful lawyer

This is the first in a series of “Future of Law” workshops. Upcoming sessions will focus on AI and its impact on the law and legal services, and the ways in which big law firms are attempting to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of client expectations and the structure of legal services.

Personal Productivity for the 21st Century Lawyer

Tuesday January 29th, 12:30 – 2:00
Presenter: Doug Heidebrecht

The outstanding opportunities of a legal career often come with very heavy workloads.

Succeeding as a 21st century lawyer demands exceptional productivity skills. For high performers entering an extremely fast paced environment, it’s particularly important to develop strong, consistent disciplines around stopping, thinking and planning from the outset – and to resist the pressure to always be in “go” mode. Playing the long game also requires an ability to look beyond the urgent and carve out time for longer term, strategic priorities like client relationships, key projects, career progression, etc.

This session shares what high performers in high-pressure roles are doing to handle heavy workloads, prioritize, and reduce the experience of “overwhelm” along the way.

In this highly interactive session, participants will identify opportunities to apply the core practices of personal productivity differently and/or more consistently.

This workshop will cover:

  • Priority Mapping for greater alignment, clarity, focus and execution on strategic priorities.
  • Smart strategies to best plan out our days and weeks (and carve out time for longer term, strategic priorities).
  • Protecting time: Even though we’ll need to respond very quickly to many of the demands coming at us, we can’t say yes to everything. The 21st Century Lawyer needs to develop skills in Managing Expectations and diplomatically negotiating some demands on their time.
  • Developing consistent planning disciplines.

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 40 minute 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.

40-minute coaching sessions are available on Feb 28, Mar 1, Mar 14 and Mar 15 from 11:00am – 4:00pm at the law school.

Building Your Professional Network

Wednesday February 13, 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. 

Participants will learn to:

  • Develop an effective networking strategy
  • Make an impactful first impression
  • Prepare a winning self-introduction
  • Confidently work a room and mingle in any setting
  • Manage anxiety and nerves
  • Approach people and ‘break the ice’
  • Turn small talk into big talk
  • Enter group conversations – when and how
  • Make appropriate introductions
  • Follow up and follow through

The Future of Law: AI, machine-learning, and you

Future of LawTuesday February 26, 12:30 – 2:00
Presenter: Benjamin Alarie

Featuring Faculty of Law professor Benjamin Alarie, a leading scholar on the future of law and co-founder of Blue J Legal, this session will focus on how machine-learning is going to shape the future of the law and how it will affect you.

Topics covered will include:

  • How machine-learning is establishing a new baseline for professional competence by
    • boosting the clarity of the law
    • fostering better litigation outcome predictability
    • causing faster and fairer dispute resolution and settlement
  • Significant changes in legal education
  • Newly emerging methodologies in academic legal research
  • Improved case selection in ‘strategic litigation’
  • The paradoxes of judging in our new machine-learning legal landscape
  • The new kinds of professional opportunities available to lawyers and law students

This is the second in a series of “Future of Law” workshops. Upcoming sessions will focus the ways in which big law firms are attempting to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of client expectations and the structure of legal services.

Team Matters

Monday March 4, 2019
Presenter: Professor Dan Ryan

Problems worth solving rarely yield to solo efforts. This is especially true of the complex problems 21st century lawyers and other professionals are called upon to help solve. But working in teams is anything but natural for humans, especially for professionals who are intentionally trained to focus on the world through a single powerful lens.

When people collaborate in settings as varied as bands, theatre troupes, military organizations, or sports teams they spend hundreds, even thousands of hours in deliberate practice to become a team.  In the professions, we point at five people, tell them to work together, and we expect results.  Our frustrations are not a surprise.

In this workshop, we will argue that team matters, we will talk about team matters, and we will teach you some concrete collaboration skills that you can add to your professional repertoire, such as:  

  • Recognizing and using six different types of “meeting talk” 
  • Building more effect team interactions around parallel thinking
  • Broadening your horizons around team norms
  • Appreciating and articulating the importance of teaming skills for your professional toolbox

This highly interactive workshop will group you in teams and take you through a number of fun, skill-building activities.

Fall 2018 Workshops

Your Leadership Style – Leveraging Your Unique Impact

Thursday September 27th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Katie Cook

What is your leadership style? What is theirs? Why does it matter?

It matters because every single time you speak, write, text, e-mail or use social media, you have the opportunity to influence, motivate, teach, activate, and inspire. Are you leveraging your unique leadership style effectively? Are you tailoring your style to maximize impact?

These are just a few of the questions we will be exploring during this lively 90-minute session on personality and leadership styles. Through interactive group discussion and activities, this session will look at the Insights Discovery model of characterizing personality and leadership styles. Every participant will have an opportunity to not only self-assess their dominant style but also learn how to recognize and communicate with the other styles.

Getting Better at Talking to Everyone

Wednesday October 17th, 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

The Inclusive Leader: Understanding unconscious bias

Thursday November 1st, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Toni de Mello

How do we create a more inclusive community in the legal profession? Diversity and equity have become buzzwords in business, NGO and government sectors but in reality, organizations, including universities have fallen short of reflecting and representing the broader population within which they work. In law school and in legal work, research shows that a 'sense of belonging' is key to student success and a sense of job satisfaction. Moreover, it can determine the retention of employees. Feeling like you belong, knowing that you will be included, seeing your education and work communities as your communities - matters. How do we achieve this sense of community and belonging? What may we be doing that hinders it?

This session will examine some of the ways in which we consciously and unconsciously include/exclude others. Topics covered:

  *   Understanding how we make choices/how we select
  *   Understanding unconscious bias
  *   Delving into gender bias and racial bias
  *   Strategies for tackling unconscious bias

The Resilient Leader: Building your psychological capital

Tuesday November 13th, 12:30 – 2:00

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.