Conference Resources / Materials
The Future of Lawyering
Legal sector analyst Jordan Furlong examines critical new developments and emerging patterns in the legal services ecosystem with his blog at Law21.
- Radical roads to reform lawyer formation
- Frugal innovation in lawyer formation
- Lawyer competence in three dimensions
Caren Naidoff and Alan Press
Bring your law office into the 21st century with client-centered ideas and takeaways to work more efficiently and effectively.
- Efficient Integration of Tech for Your Small Law Firm (video) – Alan and Caren address some common questions and avoid pitfalls to streamline your firm’s operations.
Listen to self-described disruption attorney Kim Bennett take you down various business-model paths for changing how you deliver value to your clients.
- Watch Us Lead, Kim shares how to strategically operate your disruptive and impact-driven business, leverage your IP, and create a company culture where people thrive.
- LawNext: How Kimberly Bennett Ditched the Billable Hour and Built A Successful Virtual Firm (podcast)
- Core® Competencies – National Association for Court Management (nacmnet.org)
- Committee on Judicial Education (COJE) CEP (illinois.gov)
- The Basics of a Technology-Enhanced Courtroom (americanbar.org)
The Future of Attorney Well-Being
- The Lawyer’s Depression Project – In this article Brian highlights the Lawyer’s Depression Project which is grassroots effort to address depressiona and other mental health issues in the legal profession.
- Dealing with Social Isolation – Law students, lawyers, and judges commonly feel social isolation, according to Brian, and it is important to be aware of this rather than allowing it to trigger problematice alcohol & drug use.
- When It Comes to Mental Health, Don’t Mind Your Own Business – Brian shares his personal story of how his life was saved because people did not mind their own business and all it takes is simply checking-in on someone and letting them know you are there.
- COVID-19: The Short and Long Term Mental Health Consequences – The impact of COVID-19 on one’s mental health cannot be understated and the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) is a confidential resource available to all lawyers and judges.
- Maladaptive Perfectionism – In this article, Dr. Diana addresses how accepting yourself as an imperfect person and tackling perfectionistic tendencies will help you gain more control over your life.
- Capitalizing on Health Lawyers: The Business Case for Law Firms to Promote and Prioritize Lawyer Well-Being – In this Villanova Law Review article, Professor Jarrod F. Reich discusses that the empathetic, humanitarian, and moral cases for lawyer well-being are typically addressed, but the business case must also be made to further change.
- Well-Being Template for Legal Employers – Two ABA groups developed this template to provide guidance to employers about how to address employee impairment issues steming from substance use and mental health issues.
- Institute for Well-Being In Law – Website for national organization focused on the betterment of the legal profession through a holistic approach to well-being. The website includes articles, podcasts, & news focused on lawyer well-being.
- Judicial Wellbeing report
- Judicial Wellbeing tips
- Addressing the Mental Health and Well-Being of Judges and Court Employees
- Judges’ Well-Being and the Importance of Meaningful Work
- Mental Health & Wellness Task Force
- Path To Well-Being In Law – Episode 5: Judge David Shaheed
The Future of DEI in the Legal Profession
- Allyship for Lawyers in an Awakened America (Please print) – This six-page handout prepared by Ellie Krug provides takeaways from her longer training on allyship. Refer to this handy document for basic vocabulary, historical context, and ready-to-use examples of engaging in courageous conversations.
These two videos describe the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity history and programs:
Calls to Action by Corporate General Counsel:
- Open Letter: Commitment to Diversity, Belonging + Outside Counsel Diversity | LinkedIn
- A Call To Action Diversity in the Legal Profession (acc.com)
Reports and articles:
- 2020 NALP Report on Diversity – Every year the National Association of Legal Professionals publishes attorney race/ethnicity and gender information for nearly 101,000 partners, associates, and other lawyers in 883 offices, and for over 6,700 summer associates in 592 offices nationwide.
- Call To Action – Diversity in the Legal Profession: Perspectives from Managing Partners and General Counsel – This 2015 Fordham Law Review Article by Deborah L. Rhode and Lucy Buford Ricca provides context and best practices for tackling the diversity problem.
Here are websites for the various pipeline programs highlighted by Judge Williams
Additional resources may be added before the conference.