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MOVELΔW

MOVING LAWYERS
MOVING LAW

In today’s legal marketplace, clients are demanding services that require a new skillset and a new mindset from lawyers. 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 find and solve with people from different disciplines. They want lawyers who are client-centric, focused understanding client needs and creating experiences that delight. That’s what MOVELΔW, founded and led by Professor Michele DeStefano, is all about. Whether it is through an interactive keynote, a one-day workshop, or a 4 month innovation cycle, MOVELΔW’s offerings bring a human-centered design perspective to law in order to upskill and reskill lawyers, help create culture change, develop new collaboration norms, leverage technology, and bring cross-practice, cross-border initiatives from idea to fruition.

PURPOSE

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.

OUR SPECIALITIES

  • Shifting mindsets, transforming leadership style, and inspiring better work practices and more pro-active cross-group collaboration

  • Leveraging human-centered, design-thinking approaches to client service to increase client-centricity, collaboration, and innovation

  • Empowering professionals to collaborate, problem solve, communicate, present, and pitch more effectively'

  • Interviewing clients and understanding and identifying pain points

  • Equipping professionals with tools and techniques to lead and manage collaboration, change-initiatives, and culture-creation

  • Engaging interactive reflection to build self-awareness and identify opportunities for differentiation given the new demands of clients.

  • Facilitating project planning and kickoffs among multidisciplinary stakeholders to create the right teaming climate, set expectations, and build-buy to achieve actionable results more quickly 

  • Leading multidisciplinary teams on a collaborative, innovation journey to

    • Enhance collaborative problem finding and solving

    • Develop viable products, services, and processes that create delightful user experiences and better address clients' needs

    • Improve ideation, storytelling, presentation, communication, and pitching skills

    • Hone the mindsets and skillsets of an innovative, adaptive leader

OFFERINGS

Keynotes & Workshops to inspire and shift mindsets and learn new techniques for collaborative problem solving, client-centricity, and culture creation

2-3 Day Design Sprints to learn design thinking techniques, hone new skillsets and mindsets, and uncover actionable solutions quickly 

Project Planning & KickOff Facilitation to set expectations, inspire the right rules of engagement, and build buy-in so that teams collaborate more effectively and achieve results more efficiently

2-4 Month Innovation Journeys, grounded in design thinking, to tackle any communication, strategic, product or service challenge, and in the process, hone mindsets, skillsets and behaviors to better serve clients and create a competitive advantage

Train-the-Trainers Training on Leading & Managing Collaboration to learn technique and tools to create the right processes and procedures for a culture of collaboration that enables actionable results 

Presentation, Personal Branding, & Communication Training to help leaders leverage their personal brand and better communicate, present, and pitch to clients and colleagues for more impact and influence

FOUNDER Michele DeStefano

Professor of Law and The Larry Hoffman Greenberg Traurig Business of Law Chair, University of Miami 
 
Program Chair, Harvard Law School Executive Education
 
Affiliated Faculty, IE Law School

Co-creator & Chief Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal Exchange
 

EXPERTISE

Recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, and by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (North America) as one of top 20 most innovative lawyers, Michele is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, a program chair at Harvard Law School Executive Education and affiliated faculty at IE Law School. She is also the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international, intergenerational community of more than 2,000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and students who collaborate to create innovations in the business of law and, importantly, hone new mindsets and skillsets. She is also co-curator of the Compliance Elliance Journal, an international e-journal of articles on compliance and ethics. Michele is an author, speaker, consultant, and facilitator on client-centricity, collaboration, communication, culture creation, innovation and cross-practice, cross-border initiatives. Michele researches and writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. Recently, Michele helped co-create and spearhead the development of the Digital Legal Exchange, a non-profit designed to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value. To date, in addition to many articles, she has published four books.Her books Leader Upheaval: A Guide to Client-Centricity, Culture-Creation, and Collaboration (forthcoming March 2024) and  Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law leverage almost 300 interviews of general counsels of large international corporations, and partners and heads of innovation in professional services. She has also published a design-thinking book: The Leader Upheaval Handbook, which guides facilitators on how to lead innovation journeys among multidisciplinary teams using The 3-4-5 Method(tm) that she created and has tested on over 230 teams. The fourth book, New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World (co-curated with Dr. Guenther Dobrauz) includes chapters by experts in law, innovation, and technology to provide a global perspective on the future of our diverse legal service delivery ecosystem.

 

Michele has been invited to speak and lead workshops about her areas of expertise at a number of leading law firms, corporate legal departments, law conferences, and law schools. 

 

Michele earned her B.A. (Sociology and English) magna cum laude from Dartmouth and her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

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Praise for LEGAL UPHEAVAL

“We, lawyers, are normally trained and prepared to provide technical

legal advice. However, our role in corporations and firms requires an

additional set of abilities, including a wide range of skills, behaviors,

and a broad mindset. Legal Upheaval guides us into the future with a

road map to legal innovation and culture change.”
 

Marco Araujo, General Counsel, Global Commercial Banking & Regional General Counsel Latin America, HSBC

Contact

Selected VIDEOS & PODCASTS

VIDEO INTERVIEWS

  1. Legalpreneurs Spotlight Future 50 Video and Podcast series, Interviewed by Terri Mottershead, Legal Leaders, Teams, Innovation, and Collaboration.

  2. Washington State Bar, Interviewed by Joe Forward, Legal Leaders: Differentiation in a Digital World (Virtual | May 2021)

  3. Litera TV, Reinventing Legal with Ari Kaplan (Virtual | April 2021)

  4. Answering Legal, Why Lawyers Need to Be Proactive and Always Innovating (Virtual | October 2020)

  5. The Impact of Legal Tech | Legal Transformation Days Conference 2017 (Germany | September 2017)

  6. Meeting the Legal Needs of the Global Marketplace with LawWithoutWalls | ABA Journal (Florida, USA | September 2013)

VIDEO CLIP OF PRESENTATIONS

  1. Innovation is a Four-Letter Word Legal Management Forum, (Madrid, Spain | Oct, 2019)

  2. Why Innovate? Legal Management Forum (Madrid, Spain | October, 2019)

  3. Michele's Mantra | Legal Management Forum (Madrid, Spain | October, 2019)

  4. Q&A with Michele | Legal Management Forum (Madrid, Spain | October, 2019)

  5. Leading in Law–Habits of Highly Effective Law Firm Leadership & Entrepreneurialism | JD Horizons (London, UK May 2018)

PODCASTS HOSTED BY OTHERS IN WHICH MICHELE IS FEATURED

  1. @PinsentMasons Brain Food Podcast, AI and the Legal Function, Podcast with Alastair Morrison, Lucy Shurwood, and Orlando Conetta.

  2. @MiamiLaw Explainer Podcast, Chicken or Egg: Diversity and Innovation in the Corporate Legal Marketplace, Podcast with Charlton Copeland and Catharine Skipp (click here) (February 2023).

  3. @PracticeInsiders.com, Podcast with Dan Toombs | Michele DeStefano : click here (December 2021).

  4. @Levick Podcast, Podcast with Richard Levick | Michele DeStefano, Legal Rebel | click here and here (October 2021)

  5. @LegalDesignPodcast | "Think Smaller with Michele DeStefano," | Podcast with Nina Toivonen and Hena Tolvanen (June 2021)

  6. "Pioneers and Pathfinders" Podcast with Stephen Poor  (June 2021)

  7. Leader of LawWithoutWalls| Future Law Podcast (Episode 24) with host, Michael Madison (Dec 2020)

  8. Why Communications and Law are Becoming Yin and Yang Professions | Chancery Lane Chats Podcast with host Malcolm Munro (May 2020) (transcription).

  9. Teaching in the Time of COVID-19  | Miami Law Explainer, Podcast with host Catherine Skipp (April 2020) 

  10. Legal Upheaval with Michele DeStefanoFringeLegal, Podcast with host Abhijat Saraswat (April 2020).

  11. Change Management: How to Get Lawyers and Staff to Buy-In to Change  | Legal Talk Network Podcast with Bill Garcia, Ari Kaplan, and host Ralph Baxter (February 2020).

  12. Moving Lawyers Moving Law: What Does it Take to Innovate, Understand, and Upheave the Legal Services Industry | LAWsome Podcast with host Jake Sanders and Paul Julius (April 2019)

  13. Innovator Behaviors with Michele DeStefano | LeftFoot Podcast with host Nicole Giantonio (April 2019)

  14. Innovate, Collaborate, and Transform Law Firms | Legal Marketing Association Podcast with host, Cynthia Voth (March 2019) 

  15. Lawyers on Fire Chat with Michele DeStefano | Lawyers on Fire Podcast with host Carsten Reimann (November 2018)

  16. Legal Upheaval: A conversation with law professor and author Michele DeStefano | Reinventing Professionals, Podcast with host Ari Kaplan (November 2018)

  17. Beyond the Buzzwords: Getting Real About Law Firm Innovation | Legal Speak Podcast with host Karen Sloan (September, 2018)

  18. Interview with Michele DeStefano | The Ed Andrew Podcast & The Human Consultancy (March, 2018)

  19. Learning Creative Problem-Solving Skills | The Lawyerist (September, 2016)

PODCASTS HOSTED BY MICHELE & THE DIGITAL LEGAL EXCHANGE

  1. Digital Legal Exchange Podcast, 2021-02-22, Michele hosts Shahar Markovitch, current General Manager, National Intelligence, former Chief Digital & Information Officer, El AL Israel Airlines

  2. @Digital Legal Exchange Podcast, 2021-02-22, Michele hosts Bjarne Tellemann, GC of GSK. 

  3. @Digital Legal Exchange Podcast, 2020-10-21 Michele hosts Gladys Chun, GC from Lazada Group.

  4. @Digital Legal Exchange Podcast, 2020-08-06, Michele hosts Joe Otterstetter, GC at 3M.

CONNECT with Michele

FIND OUT HOW MOVEL∆W MIGHT MOVE YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION INTO THE FUTURE WITH CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION, AND INNOVATION. 

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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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