Sep
22
9:30am 9:30am

Lawyers As Changemakers: How lawyers and their business clients can make a difference in our community together

Start Here HQ is proud to be a sponsor of this event. Profits from ticket sales will be donated to The Commons Law Center

Both lawyers and their clients are frustrated with our current legal system.

People who need legal advice face many barriers. They may not realize that the issue they’re dealing with has a legal component. Or they can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Or they did hire a lawyer, but the advice wasn’t helpful or the lawyer didn’t really listen to what they were saying.

On the flip side, lawyers are also struggling. The profession has extremely high rates of depression and suicide, and the traditional culture can make it hard to ask for help. Although some lawyers make very good money, many are struggling to make ends meet and are often drowning in student loans. Many of them want to have better relationships with their clients, but don’t know how to begin that conversation.

To address these problems, we need to re-think what it means to be a lawyer. What if lawyers were no longer viewed as “deal killers,” but instead as essential team members who can help clients plan for the future, avoid risks, and resolve disputes? The truth is, this is already happening.

The integrative law movement is a global phenomenon, and on September 22 it is coming to Portland. Thoughtleader J. Kim Wright, the author of Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement, will be leading an interactive day-long workshop for innovative lawyers and social entrepreneurs in the Portland community.

The workshop will get like-minded lawyers and business leaders in the same room actually talking about their goals and challenges together. We will also hear from some of the lawyers in our community who are already practicing integrative law.

You don’t have to know anything about integrative law (or any other aspect of the law!) to attend. Kim will begin by giving an overview of the global trends that are affecting the practice of law. We will hear from local attorneys who are putting these new principles to practice in real life. Innovative Portland lawyers and business leaders will have many opportunities to connect with each other throughout the day and have meaningful conversations about the challenges we are all facing. The day will conclude with a networking happy hour.

Space is limited, so reserve your seat at the table today!

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From Reactive to Proactive: Using Legal Project Management to Reclaim Your Time & Get More Done
Sep
27
10:00am10:00am

From Reactive to Proactive: Using Legal Project Management to Reclaim Your Time & Get More Done

  • The Factory at Franklin—Franklin, TN (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This Start Here HQ workshop is open to the public.

Facilitator: Cat Moon

Do you end your day wondering where the time went? Do you find yourself scrambling to get more done? Do you spend more time fighting fires than crossing things off your to-do list?

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn and apply proven methods to better manage your workload. Using techniques borrowed from the world’s top companies, you will learn how to

  • reliably finish your most important tasks each day,
  • reclaim and stay in control of your time, and
  • be more responsive to clients without feeling like you’re constantly fighting fires.

Our unique 10 am–3 pm schedule creates space for deep work while still leaving you time to respond to the daily needs of your practice.

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From Reactive to Proactive: Using Legal Project Management to Reclaim Your Time & Get More Done
Sep
27
10:00am10:00am

From Reactive to Proactive: Using Legal Project Management to Reclaim Your Time & Get More Done

This Start Here HQ workshop is open to the public. 

Facilitators: Jeena Cho, Alix Devendra and John Grant

Do you end your day wondering where the time went? Do you find yourself scrambling to get more done? Do you spend more time fighting fires than crossing things off your to-do list?

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn and apply proven methods to better manage your workload. Using techniques borrowed from the world’s top companies, you will learn how to

  • reliably finish your most important tasks each day,
  • reclaim and stay in control of your time, and
  • be more responsive to clients without feeling like you’re constantly fighting fires.

Our unique 10 am–3 pm schedule creates space for deep work while still leaving you time to respond to the daily needs of your practice.

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Oct
3
3:00pm 3:00pm

Legal Services As Products: How to use product-development tools to design and sell legal work

This CLE is offered through the Multnomah Bar Association. 

Presenters: Alix Devendra, John Grant and Kimberly Pray

In this session you will learn how modern law firms are borrowing from product development and design thinking to create packaged legal services that drive client value and increase firm profit. As part of this hands-on workshop, you’ll receive a copy of the Practice Model Canvas and use it to prototype your own productized legal service.

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Sep
13
10:00am10:00am

Participants’ Choice

This is part of our free Open Office Hours series.

During this open office hour we’ll keep it a truly open office experience. Come with your questions about law firm productivity, business planning and design, mindfulness and stress reduction, key performance indicators, or any other question you have for the Start Here HQ team.

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Aug
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

Using Technology to Create Access to Civil Legal Services

This workshop is part of TALS’ Equal Justice University Conference.

Facilitators: Cat Moon and Larry Bridgesmith

Equal Justice University (EJU) is the annual gathering of approximately 200 lawyers, advocates, social worker professionals, and pro bono attorneys involved in providing civil legal assistance across Tennessee. EJU provides a unique opportunity for this community to gain up to 15 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit (CLEs/CEUs) as well as networking through task force meetings and social functions. EJU also provides dynamic speakers that express the value in being a part of the access to justice community. The EJU experience not only renews the civil legal service community’s commitment to equal access to justice in Tennessee; it also introduces new pro bono lawyers, community advocates, and law students to this important mission.

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Aug
6
10:15am10:15am

Socializing Legal Hacking: How Design Thinking and Social Media Can Serve the Cause

The Music City Legal Hackers hosted its first legal Hackathon in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2017. Design thinking and social media practices served to enhance the experience, expand the diversity of participants and improve the quality of the output. This session will illustrate how simple use of proven multi-disciplinary techniques can provide a broad participatory experience for effective branding of the movement in legal hacker communities around the world.

Facilitators: Cat Moon and Franklin Graves

This workshop is part of the 2017 Legal Hackers International Summit. The third annual, invitation-only Summit will convene Legal Hackers organizers and legal-innovation thought leaders from around the world to share experiences and knowledge and to chart the path ahead for the Legal Hackers movement.

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Jul
8
11:20am11:20am

Designing Legal Products with the Practice Model Canvas

  • The Riverhouse on the Deschutes—Bend, OR (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop is offered as part of the Oregon State Bar’s Second Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Facilitators: Alix Devendra, John Grant and Greg McLawsen

Modern entrepreneurs use the Business Model Canvas to generate insight into the most critical aspects of business or product offerings. The Practice Model Canvas is designed for lawyers, and this workshop illustrates how the Canvas approach facilitates developing a business or product plan that you will actually use! Participants will also receive their own copy of the Canvas. 

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Jul
8
9:00am 9:00am

An Entrepreneur’s Hacks for an Agile Legal Practice

This workshop is offered as part of the Oregon State Bar’s Second Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Facilitator: John Grant

Wouldn’t you like to get more work accomplished and deliver greater client value? Take a look at how an agile legal practice can accomplish that by helping you develop your own product and service mix to meet client needs, create efficiencies through customer value, and identify and clear workflow bottlenecks.

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Jun
21
11:50am11:50am

The Anxious Lawyer: Using Mindfulness to Find Joy and Fulfillment in Your Law Practice

  • Owensboro Convention Center—Owensboro, KY (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop is offered as part of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Convention.

Facilitator: Jeena Cho

Is your mind constantly going at 150 mph? Do you find yourself wasting precious time on thinking about the past or worrying about the future? Do you struggle to keep your attention on a task? Are you always multitasking, unable to focus? Is stress or anxiety keeping you from doing your best work?

Mindfulness practice is the key to increasing focus and productivity. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • the latest research on lawyer burnout, anxiety, depression, suicide, and other issues lawyers face;
  • tools for stress and anxiety management, including understanding the stress response;
  • what productivity is and how can mindfulness help increase it;
  • practical mindfulness practices you can incorporate into your day;
  • how to increase your awareness and notice when you’re distracted; and
  • tips for increasing focus and productivity.
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