Clio recently announced their first keynote speakers for this year’s Clio Cloud Conference: co-authors of the #1 New York Times Best Seller Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. In the book, designers Burnett and Evans write about how to use design thinking and design processes to build a more meaningful, fulfilling life.
Aside from clearly being notable writers, you may be wondering, how does design relate to law? A lot more than you might think, it turns out.
Far from being just about aesthetics, design is about problem solving. Designers think about problems deliberately and take steps to consider multiple angles and build towards a solution—a useful approach for a lawyer who wants to start their own firm, or who has an idea for an alternative business model.
Using that lens, it becomes a lot more apparent how design thinking can impact a legal professional’s ability to propel their career—and ultimately their life.
For example, the 2017 Legal Trends Report illustrated that the average lawyer only bills 2.3 hours per day, but when the report first came out with a similar figure in 2016, lawyers were shocked—many thought they were billing a much higher number of hours.
As Dustin Cole points out in his commentary on the 2017 report, “Lawyers often think it’s cheaper to do all their own stuff rather than hire someone. And frankly, some hide out from their work, their marketing, and their worries by sticking their heads in the sands of office stuff. What they miss is that every hour they spend here is an hour they’re not billing—or marketing for billable work.”
This is a problem legal professionals continuously look to solve, and is the topic of many conversations at the Clio Cloud Conference.
According to Bill and Dave, the first step of the life design process is to objectively take stock of your current position in work and in life. You may already have problems in mind that you’d like to solve, but it’s impossible to properly choose and frame the problems you’d like to tackle if you have a misconception of what’s really going on. As stated in Designing Your Life, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you are.”
If you have any inkling that you’d like a change in your life or your legal career, or just want to do a reset on your firm, you will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind keynote. Bill and Dave will be bringing new insights and tools, like the “health/work/play/love dashboard,” to this year’s Clio Cloud Conference. If you are interested in attending the leading legal technology conference in North America, get your passes early as space is limited.
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