As law firms ponder the future, a simple truth is evident: our profession is changing in profound ways. Although change can be challenging, it also represents an opportunity for growth.
Over the course of the next month, I will have the privilege of speaking with inspiring leaders throughout the legal community. From ABA conferences to the National Association of Women Lawyers, thought leaders are focused on forging a productive and sustainable path forward for our profession.
I am grateful to be part of this broader discussion with my focus on the youngest generation of lawyers. Here are a few upcoming highlights on my calendar. Hope to see you at one of these events!
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Leveraging Inter-Generational Strengths for International Legal Practice Excellence, a Panel Discussion, 2019 Annual Conference of the ABA Section of International Law (April 12, 2019)
In today's law firms, there may be up to four generations of legal professionals practicing together: Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and recently, Generation Z (also known as iGen). The starkly varied work style preferences among different age groups may at times seem to create a gap that is difficult or impossible to bridge. But diversity of perspective also creates opportunities. This panel will examine the common points of friction that can arise between employees of different vintages, with a particular focus on how age-based dynamics can manifest in a legal workplace. Panelists will also explore strategies for legal office managers to leverage each generation's strengths, compensate for weaknesses, and to enhance efficiency, communication and cooperation among lawyers of different age groups, with a view to providing the most effective possible legal services.
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Optimizing the Multi-Generational Law Firm: A Guide to Motivating and Retaining Millennial Attorneys, an ABA Webinar, hosted by JP Box (April 25, 2019).
JP Box, author of The Millennial Lawyer: How Your Firm Can Motivate and Retain Young Associates, will explore how lawyers can communicate professionally across generations allowing everyone (from Boomer and Gen X partners to Millennial associates) to work together efficiently and harmoniously.
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Intergenerational Engagement and Effective Communication, a Panel Discussion moderated by JP Box, at the National Association of Women Lawyers, Denver Conference (April 30, 2019).
A panel of attorneys will discuss effective communication skills across generations, including how to advance and promote women colleagues from within.