Lawyers Learning from Other Disciplines About Innovation

1.0 substantive credits

Three significant issues face lawyers today: 1) creating incentives and frameworks for innovation, 2) promoting health and well-being for legal professionals, and 3) designing a more diverse and inclusive profession. Despite heightened attention to these issues, the profession has failed to make significant progress. Working in siloes and convening conversations among legal professionals has not generated sufficiently impactful solutions. So, how can lawyers open the conversation and learn about effective approaches from leaders in other fields?

In this virtual Spring series, Penn Law’s Future of the Profession Initiative (“FPI”) convenes interdisciplinary conversations to help lawyers learn new approaches to solving intractable systemic challenges that prevent the creation of a better profession for clients, attorneys, and organizations.

Lawyers Learning from Other Disciplines About


Innovating in the legal profession is difficult for various reasons: a training model that focuses on the value of precedent, wildly successfully financial outcomes for corporate global law firms, the scarcity of time for focusing on learning innovation, a culture of risk-aversion, a mono-disciplinary approach to organizing the industry, and a regulatory structure that prohibits many alternative business structures that could deliver legal services more efficiently. But other industries with similar challenges have successfully developed new methods for organizing work, delivering service, leveraging technology, and teaching practices that promote innovation. What can lawyers learn from leaders in these fields?

Join FPI’s Senior Consultant and President Emeritus of Legal Services Corporation, Penn Law alumnus Jim Sandman, as he facilitates a conversation with innovation experts from schools across Penn’s campus, including Penn Nursing and Weitzman School of Design. The panelists will explore the use of human-centered design, the challenges regulatory structures create, the power of pilot programs, and how innovation relates to professional well-being.

This program has been approved for 1.0 Substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $40.00 ($20.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passwords provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.

Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

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University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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