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Podcast Interview with Professor Scott Westfahl on Finding Common Ground with Millennials

September 12, 2017

On the most recent episode of LeftFoot podcast, Professor Scott Westfahl speaks with host Nicole Giantonio about working with Millennials. How are they different from previous generations and how can their strengths be leveraged? Listen online or download from iTunes.    


The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

July 24, 2017

The issue. For over 15 years, 50 percent of law school graduates have been women, and yet women comprise only 18 percent of the equity partnerships at AmLaw 200 firms. This meager 2 percent increase from the number of female equity partners in 2006 — which could, with a bad few years, just as easily be reversed — reinforces the existence of a proverbial leak in the pipeline.[1] Yet as globalization and technology build the thunderclouds of disruption over our heads, the corporate legal profession resists meaningful reflection and change.


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

July 6, 2017

Notwithstanding the increasing importance of technology, the practice of corporate law is—and is likely to remain for the foreseeable future—a human capital business. As a result, law firms must continue to attract, develop, and retain talented lawyers. Unfortunately, the traditional approach, which divides responsibility for professional development among law schools, which are supposed to teach […]


Leverage the Strengths of Millennials: Finding Common Ground and Hidden Opportunities

May 4, 2017

A baby boomer and a millennial offer specific steps for moving from a misunderstanding of millennials to leveraging the incredible talents of the next generation of legal leaders.


More Women Means More Success

June 16, 2015

Law firms will benefit in multiple ways by unlocking the power of gender diversity, and equity partnerships of AmLaw 100 firms have to increase their numbers of women beyond the 15-18 percent range, says Scott Westfahl, executive director of HLS Executive Education and professor of practice at Harvard Law School. Read more from Westfahl in this edition of Women’s Lawyers Journal. (Download the PDF of journal on website; article appears on page 26.)


Wilkins and Minow among only six academics named as one of the Lawdragons 500 Leading Lawyers

June 4, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015 CLP Faculty Director, David B. Wilkins, and HLS Dean, Martha Minow, were among only 6 academics (along with Erwin Chemerinsky, Jeffrey Fisher Stanford, Maureen O’Rourke BU, and Jonathan Turley GW) to make the list as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers for 2014-2015 in the 10th Anniversary commemorative edition of Lawdragon.  


Heidi Gardner Collaboration article featured on Bloomberg, Part 2 of 3

June 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015 True rainmakers don’t need to be convinced to collaborate: referring work to colleagues and developing a loyal team capable of extraordinary client service is the only way they can build an enormous portfolio. But for many of today’s law firm partners, the link between collaboration and professional success is ambiguous. Is […]


Heidi Gardner 6th Annual Law Firm Marketing & BD Summit quotes featured in Bloomberg

May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015 “The word I hate is ‘cross-selling.’ Clients hate to be cross-sold. If I’m a tax partner and I talk to a client and say, ‘Hey, can I bring my real estate partner along?’ Clients tell me that they think it’s demeaning and condescending. They say, ‘What, do you think I’m stupid and […]


Will Corporate ‘Speech’ Undermine Productivity?

May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 The First Amendment protects the political speech of corporations, the U.S. Supreme Court decided inCitizens United. Critics say the ruling corrupts our democracy by allowing billions in corporate money to flood American elections, drowning out the voices of those without the wealth needed to compete for the attention of elected representatives. […]