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David B. Wilkins

David B. Wilkins

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+1 (617) 495-0958
FAX
+1 (617) 496-8489
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Harvard Law School
1575 Massachusetts Avenue
Hauser Hall #312
Cambridge, MA 02138

David B. Wilkins

Faculty Chair, Leadership in Corporate Counsel
Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession

Faculty Director, Center on the Legal Profession
Lester Kissel Professor of Law

Professor  David  B.  Wilkins  is  the  Lester  Kissel  Professor  of  Law,  Vice  Dean  for  Global  Initiatives  on  the  Legal  Profession,  and  Faculty  Director  of  the  Center  on  the  Legal  Profession   at  Harvard  Law  School.  He  is  also  a  Senior  Research  Fellow  of  the  American  Bar  Foundation  and  a  Fellow  of  the  Harvard  University  Edmond  J.  Safra  Foundation  Center  for  Ethics. Professor Wilkins  has written over  80  articles  on  the  legal  profession  in  leading  scholarly  journals  and  the  popular  press,  and  is  the  co-author or editor of five books, including one  of  the  leading  casebooks in  the  field. Professor Wilkins is the Faculty Chair of Leadership in Corporate Counsel.

His current scholarly projects include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies, The State of Black Alumni at Harvard Law School, Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services, After the J.D., and the Reemergence of the Big Four Accountancy Networks in the Market for Legal Services.  Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers, including The Legal  Profession, and Challenges  of  a  General  Counsel. In  2007,  he  co-founded  Harvard  Law  School’s  Executive  Education  Program,  where  he  teaches  in  several  courses  including  Leadership  in  Law  Firms and  Leadership  in  Corporate  Counsel.

Professor Wilkins  has  given  over  50  endowed  lectures  at  universities  around  the  world  and  is  a  frequent  speaker  at  professional  conferences  and  law  firm  and  corporate  retreats.    He holds honorary degrees from Roger Williams University (2017) and Stockholm  University in Sweden (2012), and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harvard Law School Alumni Award (2016); the Aptissimi Award for Academic Excellence from ESADE UNIVERSITY in Spain (2014); the Distinguished  Visiting  Mentor  Award  from  Australia  National  University (2012), the American  Bar  Foundation  Scholar  of  the  Year  Award (2010), the J.  Clay  Smith  Award  from Howard  University  School  of  Law (2009), and the Order  of  the  Coif  Distinguished  Scholar Award (2008).  In  2012,  Professor  Wilkins  was  elected  to the  American  Academy  of  Arts  and  Sciences, and in 2014 he was selected as a Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors.

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Michele DeStefano

Michele DeStefano

Michele DeStefano

Program Chair: Transforming Client Relationships Through Innovation
Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Founder and Director of LawWithoutWalls, MoveLaw, and the Compliance Elliance Journal
Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession

Recently recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, Michele is a Professor at the University of Miami School of law, affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School, and the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of over 1000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology. She is also the co-founder and co-editor of the Compliance Elliance Journal, an open access e-journal that publishes engaging authors’ works about cutting edge issues in compliance and ethics. Through her company MoveLaw, Michele runs bespoke, experiential learning workshops and programs that have a human-centered design approach and are designed to transform how lawyers collaborate with their clients to creatively solve problems and to create culture change.

Michele writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. Her upcoming book, Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity + Collaboration + Innovation in Law, will be published April 2018 and is based in part on over 100 interviews with General Counsels at international corporations and Heads of Innovation at law firms.  Michele speaks and serves as a consultant and facilitator at law firms, legal departments, and startups on Innovation, Teaming, Collaboration, Creative Problem Solving, Human-Centered Design, Culture Creation, Compliance/Ethics, and Technology and Cross-practice, Cross-border initiatives.

In addition to teaching law at the University of Miami, Michele teaches in Harvard Law School’s, Executive Education Program for law firm leaders and she is also Guest Faculty at IE Law School in Spain.  Michele received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

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Scott A. Westfahl

Scott A. Westfahl

PHONE
1.617.495.5559
OFFICE
Harvard Law School
Areeda Hall, Room 518

Scott A. Westfahl

Faculty Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education
Faculty Chair, Leadership in Law Firms
Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School

Scott Westfahl is the Faculty Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE) and also teaches courses on problem solving, teams, networks and innovation within the law school’s J.D. curriculum. As the Faculty Director of HLSEE, he leads Harvard Law School’s effort to support and develop lawyers across the arc of their careers, particularly as they advance to new levels of leadership and responsibility. He oversees and teaches in HLSEE’s core global leadership programs for law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders and General Counsel. He 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, motivation and development of professionals, and organizational alignment from a talent management and diversity and inclusion perspective. To help advance diversity in the legal profession, Professor Westfahl works closely with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity as an advisor and strategic meeting facilitator. He is the Faculty Chair of the Leadership in Law Firms program.

Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm’s Director of Professional Development. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the professional development of the firm’s attorneys and staff, focusing on organizational and leadership development, feedback, mentoring, career progression, diversity, professional skills training, attorney and staff integration and transitions and alumni.  As a Lecturer on Law from 2010-2013, he teamed with Professor David Wilkins to teach an 80-student section of the law school’s Problem Solving Workshop for first-year students.  In 2008, Professor Westfahl was chosen as one of Law Firm, Inc. magazine’s five “Innovators of the Year” for his development of a cutting edge attorney assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties attorney work assignments to their professional development needs. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a 450-member professional association for law firm professional development and training leaders across North America and the U.K.  Professor Westfahl frequently lectures and comments upon talent development within professional services firms and is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).

Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He is also an experienced business and federal regulatory attorney, having practiced law with Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C. office from 1988 to 1998.  Professor Westfahl earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1985.

Recent articles and white papers:

The Leadership Imperative: A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development in the Global Age of More for Less | Stanford Law Review

The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership | Law360

Leverage the Strength of Millennials: Finding Common Ground and Hidden Opportunities | PD Quarterly

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