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Leading Change in Uncertain Times (PDW)

Leading Change in Uncertain Times
2023 Professional Development Workshop Series
Friday, February 10, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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Program Fee:
Free for New York City Bar Members & Attorneys from Sponsoring Law Firms | $75 for Nonmembers

CLE Credit:
New York: 2.0 Law Practice Management
New Jersey: 2.1 General
California: 2.0 General
Pennsylvania: 1.5 General 

This program provides transitional/non-transitional credit to all attorneys


The global legal profession is facing an unprecedented amount of change and is under tremendous pressure from all sides, including a global health crisis, renewed calls for social and racial justice, and war and economic and political instability. In this session, Professor Westfahl will outline key principles of the Adaptive Leadership model developed by faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, exploring the difference between technical challenges and adaptive challenges and discussing strategies for making progress on the adaptive challenges that proliferate in uncertain times. He will also explore factors that drive creativity and innovation in organizations and offer suggestions for what law firms and legal departments can do to be able to thrive and develop new ways of working together and serving clients in a volatile world.

Scott Westfahl is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and the Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education. Within the law school’s J.D. curriculum, he teaches courses on leadership fundamentals, adaptive leadership and design thinking-based innovation. He oversees the law school’s Executive Education leadership programs for law firm leaders, general counsel and other lawyer-leaders from all over the world ( Professor Westfahl also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments and other legal-related organizations. He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership and teams, innovation, the motivation and development of professionals and organizational alignment from an innovation, talent development and diversity and inclusion perspective. He serves as a strategic advisor to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and is a Founding Advisor to the Purple Campaign to end workplace sexual harassment. Prior to joining the HLS faculty in 2013, Professor Westfahl practiced law for ten years with a large firm, led professional development for McKinsey & Company’s Washington D.C. office for six years and then leveraged those experiences to build the professional development and training department of Goodwin Procter LLP. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1985 and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.
Scott A. Westfahl,
Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education

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Clyde & Co US LLP Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Davis+Gilbert LLP Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Dechert LLP Dorsey & Whitney LLP Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP Greenberg Traurig LLP
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