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Our core teaching team is comprised of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School faculty in addition to distinguished faculty from other law and business schools. These academicians, educators, researchers, authors, and practitioners are experts of their respective fields. Representing various disciplines, they are close to practice through relationships with law firm leaders and through personal involvement as consultants for top firms around the world.

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

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Harvard Law School
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Scott 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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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

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+1 (617) 495-0958
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+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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John C. Coates Faculty Chair, Mergers & Aquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals; John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law & Economics, Harvard Law School; Vice Dean for Finance and Strategic Initiatives; Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession

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1.617.496.4420
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Harvard Law School
Griswold Hall, #400
Cambridge, MA 02138

John C. Coates Faculty Chair, Mergers & Aquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals; John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law & Economics, Harvard Law School; Vice Dean for Finance and Strategic Initiatives; Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession

John Coates is the John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, where he also serves as the Vice Dean for Finance and Strategic Initiatives, and Research Director of the Center on the Legal Profession. He chairs the faculty committee on executive education and teaches contracts, corporations, corporate governance and financial regulations. He also is a Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he teaches finance, corporate governance and M&A. In 2016, he was elected to the Investor Advisory Committee within the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the author of numerous articles on corporate, securities and financial institution law, and for seven years co-authored the leading annual survey of developments in financial institution M&A. Professor Coates is the Faculty Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals.

Before joining Harvard, he was a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializing in financial institutions and M&A. He has testified before Congress and provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Treasury, the New York Stock Exchange, and participants in the financial markets, including hedge funds, investment banks, and private equity funds. He served as independent consultant for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in one of the first “Fair Fund” distributions (an enforcement action regarding payment for order flow), and one of the largest distributions ($306 million relating to market timing and late trading), and is currently the Chair of the Investor-as-Owner Subcommittee of the Investor Advisory Committee of the SEC. He has served as an independent representative of individual and institutional clients of institutional trustees and money managers, and currently is serving as a DOJ-appointed independent monitor for one of the Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions.

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Michele DeStefano Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; Founder + Director of LawWithoutWalls, MoveLaw, and the Compliane Elliance Journal; Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession

Michele DeStefano Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; Founder + Director of LawWithoutWalls, MoveLaw, and the Compliane 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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Heidi K. Gardner Faculty Chair, Accelerated Leadership Program; Faculty Chair, Sector Leadership Master Class; Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession

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Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall 5023
1585 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Heidi K. Gardner Faculty Chair, Accelerated Leadership Program; Faculty Chair, Sector Leadership Master Class; Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession

Heidi K. Gardner, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, a Lecturer on Law, and Faculty Chair of both the Accelerated Leadership Program and Sector Leadership Master Class.  She was previously a professor at Harvard Business School.  Her research, teaching, speaking and consulting focus on leadership and collaboration in professional service firms, and her book “Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Siloes” will be published this year by Harvard Business Press.  Her first book, “Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Strategies for Law Firm Success” (Globe Business & Law Publishing) was released in 2015.

Previously on the faculty at Harvard Business School, she teaches continues to teach executive courses at HBS, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard’s learning centers in Shanghai, China and Doha, Qatar. She is also an International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Dr. Gardner’s research was awarded the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She has published articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business Review, Law Practice Today, and the Financial Times. She has also published numerous book chapters focusing on organizational behavior, cultural intelligence, multinational teams, professional collaboration, and the management of professional service firms. Her research has been featured in media such as The Economist, Boston Globe, MSN.com, CNN Money, Fortune.com and CBSNews.com.

Dr. Gardner  earned a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a Masters from the London School of Economics (highest distinction) and a second Masters and PhD from London Business School. Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents. She previously worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in London, Johannesburg and New York, and as a manager for Procter & Gamble. She also held a Fulbright fellowship in Germany, and studied and taught in Japan.

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Hillary Sale Faculty Chair, Women's Leadership Initiative; Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Affiliated Faculty, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

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Georgetown Law
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Hillary Sale Faculty Chair, Women's Leadership Initiative; Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Affiliated Faculty, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

Professor Hillary A. Sale is an award-winning scholar and teacher, and a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, and an Affiliated Faculty Member at the McDonough School of Business, at Georgetown University.  She teaches courses on Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, Leadership, and Women and Leadership.  In the spring of 2017, she was the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she taught Women’s Leadership and Corporate Boards and Governance.

Professor Sale is a member of the FINRA Board of Governors, where she serves on the Nominating and Governance, Compensation, and Regulatory Operations Committees. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Foundation Press, and the Advisory Board of DirectWomen, a nonprofit focused on increasing the presence of women on public company boards. She is Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute.

She is an expert on and frequent speaker to industry groups and academic audiences about leadership and corporate governance and was selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “2014 Most Influential Business Women.” In addition to running leadership and other programs in industry, Professor Sale has taught in multiple executive education programs, including the Harvard Law School Leadership in Law Firms program and Women’s Leadership Initiative (for which she is the Program Chair) and various programs through the Washington University Olin School of Business.

Before entering academia, Sale was a law clerk to The Honorable Richard S. Arnold, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, practiced with the law firm of WilmerHale LLP, and was Chief of Staff and Director of Operations for Evelyn F. Murphy, the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a master’s degree in Economics from Boston University, where she also completed her B.A., summa cum laude. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, she was the F. Arnold Daum Chair in Corporate Finance and Law at the University of Iowa College of Law and the Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and a Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis.

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