In February of this year I was lucky enough to attend the Lawyerist’s TBD Law 2 Meeting at Filament in St. Louis. I didn’t know what to expect, and assumed that it would be most of the A-List Legal Thought Leaders sitting in a room pondering the future of the legal space. And ooooohhhh was I wrong!
Everyone in the room was definitely an A-Lister but of a different kind. Real world practicing attorneys, who are doing super awesome things.
When you talk to as many attorneys as I do, you hear the same stories and business plans repeatedly. Only within the past two years have I run into lawyers on a frequent basis delivering legal services in their own unique ways.
The Lawyerist’s TBD Law event is a collective of unique, forward thinking, or just plain motivated lawyers. Which they have met through their website or were referred to the program by another TBD Law attendee. During the three days, everybody worked. We set goals for ourselves, shared them in groups, work-shopped ideas and sat in small brainstorming circles. It was fun, and inspiring.
As the days went on and people got more comfortable in the space you’d see group members pushing each other to think bigger, explore new avenues and hold each other accountable.
We went bowling, drank beer, ate cake, laughed and got to know our TBD Law classmates. The event closes with a Hackathon and Pitch Contest. The purpose of which, is to combine the insane amount of creativity, brainpower and innovative thinking in the room to come up with ideas on how to improve the profession. Which ranged from closing the access to justice gap, the immigration crisis, perception of lawyers by consumers and more.
The night before the Hackathon, attendees went out to a killer pizza spot nearby, divided up into teams and refined their product, pitch or idea. Some went back to their hotel lobbies or met at a coffee shop the next morning to create videos or practice. The work product created in about twelve hours is astonishing. Which proves that cooperation, passion and out-side-of-the-box thinking can tackle any issue we face as a community, no matter how daunting.
On my way home, I reflected on the few days, and how much opportunity there still is for law firms to adapt and change. Consumers are ready for lawyers to step up and do things differently. When you hear the success stories of the law firms in the room it makes you think about the ways you can improve your own service offering. How you explain your role as a professional and the ways that communication is perceived.
If you are looking for an opportunity to step away from your law firm, workshop an idea or dream you’ve had but haven’t executed on TBD Law is a great place to get it out in the open. You’d be amazed at how supportive, thoughtful and empowering a small group experience can be. Especially when run by Rock Star leader and meetings master Matt Homan.
I’m sad I’ll miss the August TBD Law 3 – Adventure session, which will be held Summer Camp Style! At a beautiful location in Missouri, and Sam Glover should know he’s the group’s resident survivalist. Ask him to tell you about his arctic camping adventures!
Go for the homework, gain self-confidence, shed doubts about your ideas and come home ready to kick ass in your practice again. With a few more friends to help you along the way.
TBD Law 3 – August 27–29, 2017
Apply to attend here: https://lawyerist.com/attend-tbd-law/