Conference: Redesigning the Legal Profession for a Better Future, Institute for Well-Being in Law Virtual Conference 2022

Dates: 19-21 January 2022

Mode: Online 

Submission Deadline: 1 October 2021 

IWIL’s first virtual annual conference will be an education and innovation event focused on redesigning the legal profession to support individual, organizational, and institutional thriving. We’d like to think of it not as an ordinary conference but as an “Innovation Lab” focused on new ideas and practical strategies. The conference will offer three tracks:
Track 1-January 19, 2022: Individual Practitioners:
  • Target Audience: Individuals and small teams in the legal profession, including lawyers in solo, small, and large law firms, in-house corporate departments, and government and public interest organizations. Proposals should target one or more of these groups
Track 2-January 20, 2022: Well-Being Coordinators:
  • Target Audience: Primarily professionals working for legal employers that are building workplace well-being programs. (Content similar to Well-Being Week in Law’s “After Party” 2021 will be offered here.)
Track 3-January 21, 2022: Change-Makers:
  • Target Audience: Stakeholder groups that hold influential positions and have the ability to catalyze large-scale transformational change—e.g., Judges, Regulators, Law School Leaders, Law Firm Leaders, Lawyer Assistance Programs, Bar Associations.  Proposals should target one or more of these groups and focus on recommendations for how they can contribute to transformational, systematic change that improves well-being in the profession (not, for example, the individual-level well-being of these stakeholders).

Proposal Guidelines: 

  • New ideas or new approaches to established ideas.
  • Practical strategies and solutions (not just problem-identification).
  • Where applicable, an evidence-based foundation for the session.
  • Engaging and innovative session formats.
  • Sessions that take into account the need for post-session learning and development to effectively support attitude and behavior change, such as by incorporating recommendations and high-quality materials to support continued development after the session.
  • Modeling and applying well-being strategies during the session (called “Walk the Talk” strategies)—e.g., including a mindful pause at the start of the session to block out distractions and set intentions for a positive, constructive session.
When considering whether to submit a proposal, please make sure that you can meet the following deadlines:
  • For any session seeking CLE credit, a 3-page detailed outline of program content and accompanying resources to submit for CLE approval will be needed: December 8, 2021.
  • All program materials and slides:  January 7, 2022.

Contact details: Caroline Bentley, [email protected] or call at (240) 332-3150


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