I run a quarterly speaker series in New York City and by webcast called the DEH Speaker Series. The events are typically hosted by large law firms and take place weekdays, over lunch. I’ve run hundreds of these events for nearly 20 years. The events usually draw 100 - 200 in-person attendees and the webcast audience includes companies, law firms and non-profits worldwide, attracting up to 1,000 participants for each event. The topics vary and generally fall into three categories: careers/workplaces, women and law. The program formats range from one-on-one interviews with thought leaders to keynotes, facilitations, panel discussions, workshops, breakout sessions and more. Many law firms purchase corporate memberships so that their lawyers can participate in the quarterly events in person and by webcast. The events are often used to supplement company and firm internal professional development, women’s initiatives and/or diversity programming.
NEXT DEH SPEAKER SERIES EVENT
TOPIC: The Evolving Legal Talent Pool.
The Evolving Legal Talent Pool. A lawyer's career path was traditionally very linear and unforgiving. However, over the last decade, that rigid path has begun to erode, making way for a more creative means to build a legal career. At this session, we will explore the changing demographic of lawyers who are receptive to alternative career paths. We will uncover how the economy and other drivers have triggered these shifts in a lawyer's career trajectory and how Baby Boomers and Millennials have joined the ranks of some women who first carved this path. We will explore how law firms can become smarter in staffing their matters to be more responsive to client needs. We will debate how in-house legal departments and law firms can become more effective at developing their talent and how a focus on diverse lawyers will be integral to that plan. Attendees will leave this event with a greater understanding of the opportunities that present and the challenges that remain in catering to clients and cultivating talent in an ever-changing legal market.