Daily Briefs

Attorney to discuss ‘Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’

Attorney Aaron V. Burrell will lead an online discussion “Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.” as part of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Community Conversations series on Thursday, January 7, beginning at noon.

In this conversation, Burrell will discuss how to continue to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and pay homage to his dream today, as attorneys and as a society.

Burrell is a member of the  WMU-Cooley Law School Board of Directors.  As a business lawyer at Dickinson Wright PLLC, he focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, appellate law, labor and employment law, and minority business enterprises.

Those interested in participating in the virtual event must register at https://info.cooley.edu/community-conversations.


‘Building Highly Collaborative Teams’ for law firms offered Jan. 21 by live webcast

The Practising Law Institute (PLI) will present “Building Highly Collaborative Teams and Their Impact on Law Firms” as a live webcast on Thursday, January 21, beginning at 3 p.m.

In this One-Hour Briefing, the panel will explore the benefits, challenges and obstacles attorneys face trying to achieve highly effective collaboration among and between attorneys and administrators in the legal profession. While law firms in general, and law firm partners in particular generally espouse the benefits and encouragement of collaboration, in practice this goal seems to fall short over territorial issues and trust.  Now more than ever, highly effective collaboration is being viewed as a necessity more than a nice thing to have.

Since the middle of March 2020, the legal profession has transformed more than in the past several decades.  The COVID-19 pandemic has created a VUCA environment of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity impacting the practice of law. In order for attorneys, law firms and legal departments to address the substantial obstacles posed by a VUCA world, high level collaboration is a powerful tool to summon the creative energy that produces innovation, best practices, self-awareness, accountability and productivity.

Highly effective collaboration requires vulnerability-based trust, emotional intelligence and self-awareness. Professionals who collaborate effectively know how to assemble a team of subject matter experts, members who can execute a plan, how to inspire and motivate, as well as provide encouragement and recognition.

Course materials will be available to attendees prior to the start of the program. Cost for the webcast is $299. To register or for additional information, visit www.pli.edu and click on “programs.”


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