Morning Program: 21st Century Justice: Embracing the New Normal
8:30 a.m. - noon|
180 NHMCLE General Minutes
How can lawyers use technology to their advantage in today's fast-changing legal market? What legal services solutions and efficiencies can be realized through technological advancement? Join four leading experts in a thought-provoking panel discussion about the future of law and justice.
Andrew Arruda, who "grew up on Law & Order," resolved to become a lawyer at the very mature age of 7. Arruda worked at a neighborhood law firm to pay his way through college and law school before setting off to cofound ROSS Intelligence. As ROSS' first teacher, Arruda taught ROSS some its first legal lessons – something he reminds the legal training team of frequently. Arruda is ROSS Intelligence's CEO and when he's not on a plane, emailing or in a meeting, you can find him penning jokes for his stand-up career, which he swears he will set in motion "once he finds the time."
James J. Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation, the country's largest funder of civil legal aid programs, since 2011. He practiced law with Arnold & Porter for 30 years and served as the firm's managing partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Sandman is a past president of the DC Bar and chair of the DC Circuit Judicial Conference's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. He is a member of the DC Access to Justice Commission and of the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee. He is the recipient of many awards and honors for his leadership and service.
Paul Lippe is the former CEO of OnRamp Systems Inc., a leader in the development of legal department productivity platforms, which was recently sold to Elevate Services, a global legal service provider to corporate legal departments and law firms. First developed for Cisco Systems, Legal OnRamp is a free web-based platform for in-house counsel, designed to help legal departments reduce costs and improve quality through collaboration. In addition, Lippe writes for the American Bar Association Legal Rebels blog "the New Normal," which discusses how the practice of law is being remade. Paul is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Nancy White Lippe, have four children.
Rebecca Love Kourlis is a former Colorado trial court judge and former justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Currently, she serves as executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). After nearly two decades of service to Colorado's judiciary, Kourlis resigned in 2006 to establish the IAALS, a national, independent research center housed at the University of Denver. She is the recipient of the 2012 John Marshall Award, presented by the ABA Justice Center for her dedication to the improvement of the administration of justice; the US Chamber of Commerce Legal Reform Organization of the Year Award (2007); and the ABA Judicial Division Robert B. Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Judicial Administration (2009).
Afternoon Program: Resilience for Lawyers:
Thriving in the Midst of Change
3 - 5 p.m.|
120 NHMCLE General Minutes
Paula Davis-Laack, burned out during the last year of her law practice. During that time, she experienced weekly (and sometimes daily) panic attacks, stomach aches that landed her in the ER three times, exhaustion, and was generally ticked off at life. Resilience tools helped her recover, and now she shares those tools with professionals around the world. Her unique blend of research, personal experience, energy, and stories makes her presentations engaging and inspiring.
Also during the afternoon program, learn about the NH Lawyers Assistance Program and the results of a recent study by the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, which found staggering rates and levels of alcohol consumption, depression and anxiety among American attorneys. Join the discussion about next steps and how to become part of the solution.
Paula Davis-Laack is a former practicing lawyer, an internationally-published writer, speaker, media contributor, and a stress and resilience expert who has taught burnout prevention and resilience workshops for thousands of professionals around the world. Paula left her law practice after seven years and earned a master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her post-graduate training, Paula was selected to be on the University of Pennsylvania faculty teaching resilience skills to soldiers for the Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The Penn team trained resilience skills to more than 25,000 soldiers. Her articles on stress, burnout prevention, resilience, and thriving at work are prominently featured on her blogs in The Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company and Psychology Today. Paula is a key resource for the legal profession on the topics of stress, resilience, and burnout. She writes a regular column called "On Balance" for Wisconsin Lawyer magazine and is the founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm devoted to helping companies and busy professionals build their resilience to stress. She is also a partner in Lawyer Strong, LLC, which provides resilience training to law firms.
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