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DAY 0 - Lawyers Summit Kick-Off Party

justin Brooks

Sunday, January 12, 2019

Lawyers Summit Kick-Off Party:
Do The Right Thing:  Seeking Justice for the Unjustly Convicted

When Holllywood decides to make, not one but, TWO of your cases into feature films, you know you're doing something right. The Lawyers Summit is pleased to kick-off this exciting summit week with Justin Brooks, the founder and director of the California Innocence Project. We are proud to support the California Innocence Project, as they work to exonerate the wrongfully convicted from the largest prison system in the world.

Watch Justin kick off session in this year's summit and learn about the incredible story of Brian Banks. As a 16-year old young man, Brian was falsely accused of raping a classmate, and he was railroaded by the justice system. In 2012, Brian was exonerated by the California Innocence Project, his triumphant story earned him a second chance for a football career; and a Hollywood feature film recognition.

DAY 1

Pamela DeNeuve

Monday, January 13, 2020

Five Secrets To Build A Strong Law Practice
That Beats The Competition

As a Lawyer and Law Firm Performance Strategist for almost 30 years, Pamela DeNeuve has worked with AM 100 law firms throughout the US helping them to increase engagement, productivity and improve their profits by millions of dollars. Now, she's here to help you beat the competition!

David Mann

Monday, January 13, 2020

Persuasive Power in the Courtroom:
How to Master the Art of Storytelling

Trial lawyers need a crucial set of skills to persuade jurors and judges alike. David Mann will help you polish your courtroom performance and skills of persuasion. David Mann specializes in persuasive presentation skills and storytelling. A theatre artist for over three decades, he now trains attorneys and business professionals how to use performance and storytelling techniques to win.

Anne Collier

Monday, January 13, 2020

How to Be More Resilient and Productive Under Stress

Want to find out how to become more resilient and less stressed?

As a former lawyer, Anne Collier understands the stress and pressures of Big Law firms. Anne is a catalyst for lawyers stepping into power. She guides them in creating a fulfilling professional and personal life and gives her clients a competitive edge that gets them to their goals quicker and with more ease.

KATE BEEDERS

Monday, January 13, 2020

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs with the Right Mindset

Kate Beeders, the breakthrough expert, the founder of Brilliance Builders™, teaches how to zap into your zone of brilliance and accelerate your skills. Prior to coaching, Kate was a successful business development and marketing and professional, working with attorneys, business owners and consultants.

As a sought out coach, Kate helps thousands of people just like you to move from stuck to successful with her focus on results.

DAY 2

Rebecca Kacaba

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

My Journey from Corporate Lawyer to
Legal Tech Entrepreneur

Rebecca Kacaba is the CEO and co-Founder of DealMaker.

Her track record of success on Bay Street earned her a place in Lexpert's 2015 Rising Stars - Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40.

In her summit session, Rebecca speaks about the importance of associates taking an active role in building their practice to show their value to the firm. She is passionate about using technology to reduce cost and streamline legal services.

Doug Noll

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

How to De-Escalate Angry People in
90 Seconds or Less

Whether you’re a litigator or a transactional lawyer, you’re going to run into angry people on a daily basis. The legal profession deals with matters that are deeply important to people, and in many cases, there are disappointed and unsuccessful participants that you’ll need to manage. Doug Noll, a lawyer turned peacemaker, will teach you how to de-escalate tense situations and angry people in 90 seconds or less.

Liz Wendling

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Selling Legal Services to The New Legal Consumer: How to Close More Business and Grow Your Firm

Getting the phone to ring is one thing, getting prospective clients to retain is something entirely different. Before you can serve clients, you must get them to hire you, and this starts with a fully functioning business development and lead conversion process.

Business Development expert, Liz Wendling, has spent many years working with attorneys to sell their services. In her book, The Rainmaking Mindset for Attorneys, she teaches lawyers the importance of relationship-building and shows you how to do it the right way. Many attorneys are nowhere near as confident and comfortable selling their services as they are delivering them.  

Liz believes that you don’t have to be a natural-born sales person to use these skills to grow your practice and in this session she shows you how to retain more business.

LEE HOLCOMB

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Seat at the Table:
Making Partner as a Female Lawyer

There is a seat at the partners’ table for women and Lee Holcomb has been there. In her Summit Session, she talks about making the decision to leave her firm and position as partner, in order to make the sacrifice for her family. Her book, Lifestyle Lawyer: The Female Attorney’s Guide to Designing a Law Career You Love, is a must-read if you are struggling to balance your life as a female lawyer.

DAY 3

FRED HEADON

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How to Make the Move from Private Practice to
In-House Counsel

Fred Headon is Associate General Counsel for one of the largest transportation companies, Air Canada. 

He shares his personal journey and insights into the decision to move from private practice to in-house counsel. Buckle up.....it's a lively conversation!

RITU GOSWAMY

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The New Billable Hour:
How to bill more hours in less time

Ritu Goswamy is a lawyer and productivity consultant for legal professionals. Her training as a lawyer, social worker, business owner, yoga instructor, and Ayurvedic health counsellor has helped her understand the modern demands on legal professionals and lawyers' desire for more balance.

In her book, The New Billable Hour, she challenges attorneys to view themselves FIRST when they consider billable hours. It's a new and life-affirming way to look at how you take care of yourself as you practice law.

CHRISTIE GRAYS

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How to make the BEST Impression by Dressing Like a True Professional

Christie Grays is President of I Am CHIC (Christie Has It Covered), a full-service lifestyle consulting business.  The company's main focus is wardrobe and image consulting which instills confidence and develops an effective visual image for busy professionals. She's worked with many busy attorneys to polish their professional image.....saving them time from having to figure it all out themselves. 

Watch Christie's session to learn strategies to organize and build a fashionable wardrobe for yourself.

TED CREIGHTON

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How to create a ONE-page Strategic Plan and
Uplevel your Practice

The next time the managing partner asks you to submit a strategic plan, you WILL be ready!

Ted Creighton’s summit session, shows you how to create a strategic plan for growth in your practice. The partners will be impressed by the fact that you’re able to articulate your vision on ONE page!

AMY TIMMER

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How to Accelerate Your Career Growth with
60-minute Mentoring

Amy Timmer is Associate Dean of Students and Professionalism at WMU Cooley Law School.  

Mentoring for law students is a part of Cooley’s Professionalism Plan. To that end, Amy established a 60-minute professionalism mentoring program with local bar associations. Many aspects of her program are featured in her book, 60-Minute Mentoring for Lawyers and Law Students.

No one succeeds alone. You will need mentors to guide you throughout your career - at every stage. See what 60-minute mentoring can do for you!

DAY 4

JOANNA McCRACKEN

Thursday, January 16, 2020

How I left a High-Pressure Law Firm and found
Success (and Happiness) in My Own Boutique Firm

When your stress starts to take its toll on your health and your hair begins to fall out, that's when you know something has to change!

This is the type of stress Joanna McCracken faced at a Big Law firm. It motivated her to look for ways to cope as a busy attorney and single mother of two. So, she made the wise decision to start her own boutique firm.  Her law firm embodies the promotion of a balanced life, ensuring each employee’s personal wellbeing comes first. 

Prepared to be inspired and blown away by Joanna's incredible journey!

LAVERNE MORRIS

Thursday, January 16, 2020

How to Sound More Convincing
Inside and Outside the Courtroom

Making a great impression with clients is important in order for them to see you as the legal expert. However, attorneys often don’t pay enough attention to how they are communicating within the firm with partners and team members. 

La Verne Morris is the founder of JuryThink, LLC,  a litigation research and consulting firm based in Chicago, IL. She works closely with clients to develop ways to incorporate research findings into trial strategies and tactics. In her summit session, she shares powerful body language tips to help you build your credibility and self-confidence. 

HOWARD YU

Thursday, January 16, 2020

LEAP: How to Become an Indispensable Asset
Despite the Revolution Caused by Technology

In his Lawyers Summit session, Howard delves into the challenges of the ever-changing legal industry and how it can affect the trajectory of your career. He outlines what conservative industries, such as the legal industry, must pay attention to in order to survive seismic shifts.

If you want to see what the future holds for the legal industry, watch Howard's session.

SILVANA LAROSA

Thursday, January 16, 2020

How to Combat Stress and Thrive in the Legal Field

Silvana is the Founder and Chief Trainer of MindFocus. She designs and facilitates workshops for forward-thinking law firms who want to address the growing concerns surrounding attorney wellness.

If you believe that wellness and productivity go hand in hand, be sure to check out Silvana’s session. She shows you that self-care is the new Health Care and takes you through powerful exercises to develop your own wellness strategy.

Watch this session when you're ready to unwind from an exhausting day. You won't regret it!

ANDREW BOWYER

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bringing Innovation to the Practice of Law

As founder of the Canadian Legal Innovation Forum and ADB Insights - a Vancouver based media and consulting company, Andrew Bowyer lives and breathes innovation. 

Watch Andrew discuss the trends and challenges that are disrupting the Canadian legal industry.

DAY 5

PIERRE-YVES GUNTER

Friday, January 17, 2020

Making Partner:
How to Make an Impact as an Associate 

Finally, you've reached the pinnacle of your career with the firm, you've made partner. What now?

Pierre-Yves Gunter is a partner and co-head of the international arbitration group at Bär & Karrer in Switzerland. In his session, he shares his experince and insights into the path to partnership. Learn what associates can do to reach partner and find out what to expect once you've "arrived".

NORMAN BECAL

Friday, January 17, 2020

How to Hone your Relationship Skills, Build Trust and Deliver Outstanding Value to Clients

In a law firm there is only one person who matters above all - the client.

Norman Bacal, former Managing Partner and best-selling author, is a big proponent of putting the client FIRST. The author of Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie, Norman talks about his experience building a major law firm.

Norman founded the Toronto office of Heenan Blaikie in 1989, and within the next 25 years grew it to an office of over 200 lawyers. In 1997 he became the national co-managing partner of the firm and helped it become one of Canada’s best-known law firms.

Come watch this in depth conversation about the interpersonal relationship skills that work best to build trust with legal clients, which in turn builds your practice.

NAV BHANDAL

Friday, January 17, 2020

How I Used Speaking Engagements to
Build my Book of Business

Guest speaker, Nav Bhandal, shares his experience using speaking engagements to retain more clients and grow his practice.

SHERINE CLARKE

Friday, January 17, 2020

Book More Business: How to Establish Yourself as a Legal Expert with Powerful Presentations

For over 18 years, Sherine Clarke has been a top trainer and faciliator for the largest seminar company in North America. She has taught communicaton and presentation skills to some of the largest corporations.  

After attending many hours of lawyer presentations, she's identified the top mistakes attorneys make in their presentations. 

These mistakes cause lawyers to waste time and effort giving presentations and speaking at conferences while walking away with nothing. No new clients and no referrals.

In this session, she will share tools and techniques you can use to demonstrate your expertise while keeping your audience engaged. 

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