Janders Dean are delighted to announce the success of their sponsored LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) team. The team returned from Miami last month as overall winners of the programme following a successful pitch of their unique solution to the Janders Dean set problem of ‘Friend rather than Foe: How can the law provide a better life for migrants in detention?’
Following a period of three months of interviews, consultations, drafting and redrafting, the team developed a unique platform called Ithaca; designed to connect refugees and lawyers around the world together in a virtual manner. The platform subsequently allowed lawyers to work on asylum cases virtually, addressing the fundamental issue of an undersupply of lawyers in refugee camps. The team are due to meet in the coming weeks to discuss next steps with the aim to bring the project to fruition.
When asked why Janders Dean chose the topic at Miami, Justin North spoke of the founding principles of Janders Dean, and the need to support our communities and social causes we feel passionate about. “Janders Dean 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”.
The topic of migration is one that intrinsically affects us all, and given the current migration crisis is an issue that is not disappearing Janders Dean felt passionately that this was a topic that the LWOW team could tackle sensitively and passionately in a unique LWOW manner. Janders Dean would like to congratulate all the teams for developing some truly innovative and unique solutions to a range of problems. Janders Dean would also like to thank Michele, Erika and their team for developing a unique and outstanding program.
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).