Hire Tomorrow’s Lawyers Today!

By Daniel W. Linna Jr.

How can we better train law students and lawyers for the future? Indiana University Law Professor Bill Henderson has been working on this problem for a long time. In 2017, Bill joined forces with Bill Mooz, an experienced lawyer and former general counsel who in 2014 established and led the Tech Lawyer Accelerator (TLA) program at the University of Colorado Law School.

In November 2017 at a Forum on Legal Evolution event hosted by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Henderson and Mooz presented their vision for expanding the successful TLA program. Shortly after that meeting, they invited me to join them as a co-founder of a nonprofit, the Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP).

Many videoconferences later–Henderson in Chicago, Mooz in Boulder, and me in Detroit–we’d assembled a board, held a board meeting, and launched IFLP. About the same time, I learned from a discussion with Lisa Colpoys, longtime Executive Director of Illinois Legal Aid Online, that she might be interested in joining our new endeavor. We promptly extended an offer to Lisa and were thrilled when she accepted and joined us as IFLP’s Program Director.

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