Design Thinking Will Change the Practice of Law

Alix Devendra and Cat Moon presented at the International Legal Design Summit in Helsinki earlier this month. They were asked by Legal Business World magazine to write about the summit for their November issue. The original article can be viewed here

The bold prediction of the Legal Design Summit organizers: Design thinking will change the practice of law. Earlier this month upwards of 600 people from around the world gathered in Helsinki for the second annual summit. The program featured more than two dozen speakers, including Marie Bernard of Dentons and Nextlaw Labs, Justin North and Joe May of Janders Dean, and Warren Smith of the UK’s Government Digital Service.

Named a World Design Capital by the World Design Organization in 2012, Helsinki has a rich design culture. Given its history, it is no wonder that Helsinki became the locus of a collaboration between a law firm and service-design consultancy. These two companies, Dottir and Hellon, started exploring the concept of “legal design” with the goal of creating truly client-centered legal services. Ultimately, this collaboration led to the first Legal Design Summit in 2016.

John Grant’s Open Letter to Oregon Bar Delegates

John Grant’s Open Letter to Oregon Bar Delegates

The following is a letter that our own John Grant sent to members of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates ahead of the upcoming November 3 annual meeting. John urges delegates to vote yes on two proposals put forth by the bar’s Futures Task Force, which he co-chaired. 

Dear Delegate,

Think for a moment about 1.2 million Oregonians, 30% of our population. Try to imagine how many people that is. 

Need help? That’s more than the total populations of Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Bend, Medford, and Springfield, plus the next 10 most populous Oregon cities combined. In other words, a heck of a lot of people.

Lawyers As Changemakers

Lawyers As Changemakers

What do lawyers and social entrepreneurs have in common? We need both of them in order to make positive change in the world. Social entrepreneurs are visionaries who start enterprises to solve social, cultural, and environmental problems. Lawyers are needed to help activate and sustain those businesses because, as J. Kim Wright says, law is the DNA of society

Have You Laid a Foundation for Success?

Have You Laid a Foundation for Success?

We just started working with a new client (I’ll call her Claudia). I wanted to share with you why she approached us, and how we’re helping her, to illustrate some of the reasons why people hire us. 

When Claudia reached out to us initially, she wrote,

I’m in the process of winding down my existing law firm partnership and preparing to launch my new solo firm. I want to make sure I’m building my practice around my strengths and interests, and laying the right foundation for the new firm with respect to practices, tools, etc.

What are YOUR superpowers?

What are YOUR superpowers?

This is the first in a series of posts about practical superpowers — capacities we all possess and can learn to wield in our daily lives to be happier and healthier in work and in life.

Recently, I wrote about how I hit a wall in my work. And used a certain superpower to (slowly) climb that wall.

I’m a big believer in superpowers. (As a child, I secretly coveted Wonderwoman’s magic belt. And lasso!)

Of course, I thought I’d outgrown superpowers, growing up as I did to become a responsible and serious adult-lawyer-mother type.

Thanks to that wall I hit, I rediscovered superpowers, and the magic they wield.