FOUNDER: Michele DeStefano, Professor of Law, University of Miami; Guest Faculty, Harvard Law School and IE Law School; Consultant-Speaker-Writer-Facilitator-Trainer
BOOK: Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law
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WHAT: MOVEL∆W re-trains lawyers. MOVEL∆W creates interactive talks, workshops, and, bespoke, experiential learning 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: MOVEL∆W’s 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 intrapreneurial, who can project manage with business acumen, build wide-diverse networks, and creatively problem solve with people from different disciplines.
OFFERINGS: 1-hour keynote, 3-hour session and interactive exercise, full-day workshop, 3-day mini-hackathon, or a customized, long-term, part-virtual, experiential learning program.
EXPERTISE: Michele is an expert and thought leader in legal innovation, legal education collaboration, and creative problem solving.
Recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, Michele is the founder of LawWithoutWalls, an experiential learning program in collaboration designed to transform relationships with clients, create innovations that solve real-world problems in law, and build new mindsets, skill sets, and behaviors.
Over the past 8 years, Michele has led over 190 multi-disciplinary lawyer-led teams on a 16-week innovation journey and taught innovation and creative collaborative problem solving to law firm partners in Harvard Law School's Executive Education Program.
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 is also an expert in public relations, compliance, and ethics having interviewed over 50 Chief Compliance officers and Heads of Public Relations at large international, corporations and written extensively on the subject. 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. Before attending law school, Michele was an Account Executive at Leo Burnett and a Marketing Manager at Levi Strauss & Company.
SPEAKING: Michele presents regularly at law firms, corporations, and legal organizations on the Changing Legal Profession, Innovation, Teaming, Collaboration, Creative Problem Solving, Culture Creation, Compliance/Ethics, and Technology and Virtual Education.
Click here to see an impromptu video taken of Michele after a talk at a legal-tech conference in Berlin in Fall 2017.
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 in Fall 2017.
Click here to see a sample KickOff event brought to life.
Click Podcast 2018 to listen to a recent podcast by Michele.
Click here to see Michele presenting at the JD Horizons Innovation Awards Ceremony in Australia August 2017.
Click Video 2013 to see an interview with Michele by the ABA.
Click here to read a review of a recent presentation by Michele at JD Horizons in London May 2018.
Click here to see a review of a presentation she delivered at ChilliIQ's 10th Managing Partners Forum in Australia.
"Michele's leadership, incredible personality, and deep industry knowledge shine through each and every time she is on the stage. I have had the pleasure to work with incredible speakers and thought-leaders in my career, and Michele is one of those special talents that ignites audience's minds and leaves audiences wanting more." - Andrew Arruda, CEO, ROSS Intelligence
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.
Note: 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.
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