FOUNDER Michele DeStefano, Professor of Law University of Miami; Guest Faculty, Harvard Law Schoool and IE Law School Consultant-Speaker-Writer-Facilitator-Trainor
WHAT: MOVEL∆W re-trains lawyers. MOVEL∆W creates bespoke, experiential learning workshops and programs that bring a human-centered design perspective to law. Michele also serves as a consultant and facilitator to law firms and corporate legal departments to help create culture change, develop new collaboration norms, leverage technology, and bring cross-practice, cross-border initiatives from idea to fruition.
PURPOSE: The workshops and programs are designed to change culture and help lawyers learn to be more creative, collaborative, and innovative so that they better partner with their clients to find and creatively solve problems.
WHY: As the legal marketplace changes, clients expectations of lawyers change. Today, clients want lawyers with a different skill set and mindset. They want lawyers who are teamers and leaders, who are culturally confident and intraprenurial, who can project manage with business acumen, build wide-diverse networks, and creatively problem solve with people from different disciplines.
OFFERINGS: 1 hour keynote, 2 hour in-person sessions, a one day workshop, or a customized long-term part-virtual experiential learning program.
EXPERTISE: Recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, Michele is a Professor at the University of Miami and the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of over 1000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to solve problems and create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology. She is guest faculty in Harvard Law School's Executive Education Program and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession. She is also the co-founder and co-editor of the Compliance Elliance Journal, an open access e-journal that publishes engaging authors' works about cutting edge issues in compliance and ethics. Michele received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.
WRITING/SPEAKING: Michele writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. She has recently completed over 100 interviews of General Counsels at international corporations and Heads of Innovation at law firms in support of her upcoming book, Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law. Michele presents regularly at law firms, corporations, and legal organizations on Changing Legal Profession, Innovation, Teaming, Collaboration, Culture Creation, Compliance, and Technology. Additionally, she writes and presents regularly about Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Teaming, Collaboration/Culture Creation, Compliance and Ethics, Technology and Global Education, and Litigation Funding.
EXAMPLES: Click here to read about the experiential learning program Michele leads at Microsoft for its corporate and legal affairs department. Click here to view an innovation workshop Michele led in Australia. Click here to see a KickOff event brought to life. Importantly, part of MOVEL∆W's mission is to help fund LawWithoutWalls, a not-for-profit affiliated program dedicated to changing the way future lawyers are educated and our current lawyers are trained. Click here to see an impromptu video after a talk at a legal-tech conference in Berlin. Click here to see a review of a presentation she delivered at ChilliIQ's 10th Managing Partners Forum in Australia.
PRESS: Michele’s work has been published in leading law journals and featured in a range of media including Time Magazine, the Financial Times (UK), Forbes Women, ABA Journal, National Law Journal, American Lawyer, Harvard Law Today, The National Jurist, Legal Futures (UK), Inside Counsel Magazine, Harvard Law The Practice, and Bloomberg News.
CONNECT WITH MICHELE (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND FIND OUT HOW MOVEL∆W MIGHT MOVE YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION INTO THE FUTURE WITH CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION, AND INNOVATION.
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