Janders Dean Announce LawWithoutWalls Partnership

Janders Dean are delighted to confirm our involvement in the 2017 LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) programme as an official topic sponsor.

“It is an honour to be part of this phenomenal initiative, one that continues to be the leader in developing innovative solutions to social and corporate issues through their unique model of global collaboration” said Justin North, founder of Janders Dean.

“This year we were fortunate to have the LWOW teams present to our clients and our networks at both the London and the Sydney Legal Horizons events. Their energy and passion for both the LWOW community, and the wider drive for changing the ways the legal industry thinks about its role in society, is infectious. Michelle and Erika and the entire LWOW community are simply inspirational.” said North.

As part of their involvement, Janders Dean will be collaboratively developing a 2017 LWOW topic to be addressed by the participants.

“From a topic development perspective, our focus is to find an issue that the LWOW teams can address that seeks to uncover, expose and understand various cultural or socio-economic barriers that may hinder students from isolated indigenous cultures around the world easily accessing a legal education” said North, “We will also be seeking through this initiative to understand any barriers that exist – those that may hinder the transfer of legal skills back into these potentially isolated and often over-looked areas. Our hope is that the LWOW teams can find creative ways to address these” said North.

“One of the founding principles of Janders Dean has been to ensure that we support our communities and the social causes that we feel passionate about” said North, “We have been fortunate over the past decade to be able to support a variety of causes that are near to our team and to our clients, including Stop the Traffik, ShelterBox, The Kids Cancer Project, Communities Assist, Breast Cancer Care, ByteNight, and many more”.

“Our hope is that our involvement with LWOW in 2017 will contribute in some small way to both the development of the students involved, and also to the long term benefit of the communities where LWOW focus their efforts” said North.

The company joins additional topic sponsors including Microsoft, Eversheds, Lockheed Martin, BUPA, Barclays, LegalZoom, UnitedLex, Diversity Lab and InterLaw in the ongoing development of the 2017 LWOW initiative.

Founded in 2010 by Michele DeStefano, Professor of Law at the University of Miami and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, LWOW is a world leading initiative involving students, lawyers, academics, corporate sponsors and private sector mentors from around the globe. The objectives of the program are to focus the efforts, expertise and energy of all those involved in the LWOW community on accelerating practicable, tangible, and innovative solutions to social and commercial issues at the intersection of business, law, and technology;

The program also seeks to hone critical twenty-first century professional services skills (collaboration, cultural competency, project management, intrapreneurship, technology, problem-solving, communication, business acumen, networking, and leadership), and cultivate a collaborative relationships with clients, internal colleagues, and future talent from countries around the globe.

LWOW teams 100 students from around the world with academic, business, entrepreneur, and legal mentors. Over four months, teams identify a problem related to law and create a business plan for a solution (often a legal startup). In the process, LWOW refines skills, recharges the legal industry market with innovations across law, business, and technology, and revitalizes relationships with colleagues, clients, and future talent across the globe.

This blended (part virtual, part in-person) 4-month program is designed to equip experienced and inexperienced talent with new skills and new contacts to make them more successful global business leaders armed with the knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges of the economic pressures, technological advances, and globalization that have dramatically reshaped the legal market.

LWOW now counts more than 30 leading law and business schools across six continents as participating entities in the annual event (including Harvard Law School, University of Sydney, University College London, Peking University School of Transnational Law, and University of the Witwatersrand).

About Janders Dean: Recently short-listed as a finalist in LegalWeek’s British Legal Awards as “Supplier of the Year” to the industry, and with offices in Sydney, London, Chicago and Jersey, Janders Dean is the leading independent management consultancy specialising in providing expert advisory services to private practice law firms and in-house legal departments worldwide. A leader in legal innovation for the past decade, the organisation runs a number of international and domestic thought leadership events including the annual Legal Innovation Index in Australia, and the Janders Dean Legal Horizons events in London, Sydney and Chicago. Further information can be found at www.jandersdean.com and www.legalinnovation.com.au. The organisation can be contacted for further comment via info@jandersdean.com.

About LawWithoutWalls: For more information on LawWithoutWalls, go to www.lawwithoutwalls.org.