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LEGAL UPHEAVAL: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law

In today’s legal marketplace, clients are demanding services that require a new skill set and a new mindset from lawyers. Borne of DeStefano’s own work leading hundreds of multidisciplinary teams on innovation cycles, as well as conducting over 100 interviews of general counsels and law firm partners, Legal Upheaval provides a new understanding of the expectations of clients. In Legal Upheaval, Professor Michele DeStefano lays out the trifecta for success in a changed legal landscape: creativity, collaboration, and innovation.


In a conversational fashion, DeStefano takes us on a journey from why lawyers need to innovate to how they can do so. She unveils the Lawyer Skills Delta and maps out a methodology for filling the gaps in current legal skill sets: The 3 Rules of Engagement and The 3-4-5 Method of Innovation for Lawyers. Full of points of reflection, as well as concrete

directions, Legal Upheaval makes innovation accessible and is the playbook for lawyers looking to create stickier and more profitable client relationships.


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As a professor of law, Michele researches and writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. Her book Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law leverages over 100 interviews of General Counsels of large international corporations and Heads of Innovation at law firms. Her other 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 legal service delivery ecosystem. Other recent scholarship focuses on role of general counsels in Digital Transformation, the importance of innovation and design thinking training to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the corporate legal marketplace, and the changing role of the compliance officer and is based on interviews of over 70 general counsels and chief compliance officers of S&P 500 corporations (featured in Harvard Law School's The Practice). Additionally, she has written articles and chapters in books about innovation and entrepreneurship, collaboration and culture creation, compliance and ethics, litigation funding, the role of the general counsel and the court of public opinion, legal education, technology and law, the work product doctrine and the attorney client privilege. (Click here for a full list of articles).  Michele also has two forthcoming books: Leader Upheaval: A Guide to Client-Centricity, Culture-Creation, and Collaboration and The Leader Upheaval Handbook: Leading Teams on a Collaboration and Innovation Journey which will be published in Spring and Fall 2023.


Her 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.


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