As the manager of Law 2.0’s USA team, Vibha is responsible for maintaining delegate relations and helping them navigate through the registration process. The Law 2.0 Conference offers an expert review of the evolving legal landscape and focuses on emerging technologies, as well as highlights scam/fraud prevention strategies for lawyers.
With the workplace changing so rapidly, those entering the legal field are finding that they must adapt to new ways of doing business, both in and out of the courtroom. As will be discussed at upcoming legal conferences, for law firms and young lawyers alike, it’s essential to build a work environment that prepares them to thrive in this new era by encouraging creativity, open communication, and a willingness to experiment with new ideas. If you’re looking for ways to foster such an environment at your firm, here are three steps you can take today toward building the law firm of tomorrow.
Create a Mentoring Culture
Young lawyers need mentors. Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced person supports and guides someone who is less experienced, and there's no better way to learn than from those who have been there and done that before.
Mentoring relationships can be formalized with the help of attorney conferences, professional organizations or networks, or through informal approaches. Formal programs offer structured guidance on how to build a strong mentoring culture and create successful relationships between mentors and protégés. Informal programs allow lawyers to mentor based on their own strengths while still helping those they work with grow as attorneys.
Promote Collaborative Learning
At the Law 2.0 Conference USA, young lawyers are encouraged to put their heads together and share knowledge to benefit from the collective wisdom of their peers. Research has shown that a team is more likely to generate new ideas when individuals collaborate with one another. One of the best ways lawyers can do this is by working side-by-side on research projects or by joining a community of experts at attorney conferences like the Law 2.0 Conference, which reviews cases and encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing among lawyers of all levels of experience.
Allow Flexible Scheduling
One strategy that has been proven successful in the workplace is allowing employees to have flexible scheduling. In doing so, you allow them to be more productive and engaged with their work because they are able to fit their work around their personal life. This also allows them to feel invested in the company and will improve morale.
The same can happen when it comes to young lawyers. You want to set up a structure where there are clear guidelines but also the ability to make your own schedule, so long as you get your work done. You want to create an environment where people know what is expected of them but also know how to get things done without being micromanaged or having too many restrictions placed on them.
Enable Technology Integration
Young lawyers are digital natives who will adapt quickly to the changes that technology brings. As discussed at several attorney conferences, they also crave a sense of community, which is why law firms should take advantage of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to bring the firm together. Tools like these can be used as a way for younger attorneys in the firm to get feedback from other members on what they're working on.
Offer Training Opportunities
Most new lawyers are unprepared for the realities of the profession. So, it's up to law firms and legal organizations to provide training opportunities that prepare them for the trials and tribulations of practicing law. Training is key! As leaders at law firms, senior experts have a responsibility to ensure that their new members are successful. That starts with providing the right kinds of support. Not only will this help young lawyers feel like they belong and are capable of handling their tasks, but it also ensures that senior partners maintain a strong pipeline of talent in their profession.
Attending Law 2.0 Conference USA is a great way for young lawyers and budding law students to review the latest trends in their field, meet other like-minded professionals, and network with more experienced lawyers. The conference also serves as a great opportunity for established lawyers to mentor and teach the next generation of legal professionals. For this reason, it is important that younger lawyers go to these conferences not only because they can find out what is happening in their profession but also because they can receive practical advice from those who have been through it all before.