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Digital LabCon is a Wrap! | Lawyerist


Final week, we held the very first digital LabCon. When it grew to become clear that we wanted to cancel the Atlanta convention to be able to do our half to assist flatten the curve of coronavirus, we instantly shifted gears and deliberate to carry LabCon by video. So on Monday morning, 50 individuals logged into LabCon from their properties and workplaces and started working.

Shifting from an in-person assembly to a web-based assembly was loads of work—particularly for Stephanie and Jennifer. Nevertheless it additionally felt like we had ready for it for years. Lawyerist has all the time had distant crew members, so we’ve been doing video conferences for a very long time, together with teaching, mastermind periods, webinars, and workshops with Lawyerist Lab and Insider members.

In fact, we didn’t simply throw individuals right into a digital chat. Though we didn’t have loads of discover, we introduced our personal imaginative and prescient to LabCon. Stephanie re-oriented the agenda round practising throughout a pandemic. Jennifer deftly managed the video software program, together with sending individuals to and from on-line breakout rooms. And we put collectively an internet site dwelling for LabCon with reward playing cards, supplies, a listing, and extra.

In the long run, it went so nicely we might make it a daily occasion. We don’t suppose it replaces an in-person convention, however Digital LabCon was a fantastic expertise, too. Only a completely different one.

We have been thrilled to have the assist of our unimaginable LabCon 2020 sponsors Smith.ai, GNGF, and LawClerk, all of whom performed an lively function in delivering wonderful content material and being available to reply essentially the most urgent questions for our attendees!

Listed here are a few of the key subjects we addressed at LabCon.


We kicked off LabCon with a dialogue of adaptation. It could take months for us to get to the purpose the place we are able to return to regular. And it’s not simply working from dwelling. The economic system is sort of sure to contract, and we might very nicely be in for a recession. We are able to’t simply put lives and practices on maintain for that point. In fact, we are able to’t simply go on pretending it’s enterprise as standard as a result of nothing is common. We have now to adapt.

Even fascinated about adaptation is an train in optimism. Which, yeah. We’re an optimistic bunch. We expect you possibly can adapt shortly and successfully to reduce fallout and capitalize on the chances.

Present That You’ve Bought This

Maybe essentially the most highly effective message you possibly can convey to your shoppers proper now could be chill out, we’ve received this beneath management by easily transitioning to video conferences, digital information, and no matter else it takes to get work accomplished.

The extra you possibly can put together shoppers for what to anticipate, the better it is going to be to indicate them that there’s not a motive to panic. Instilling confidence along with your shoppers that you simply’re right here and able to pivot with them will probably be important messaging in these unsure instances. Whereas it would look like there’s loads of adaptation in your finish and that you simply don’t have all of it found out simply but, you possibly can’t afford to show panic.

Take a while to share along with your neighborhood the way you’ll be altering issues in your workplace in gentle of current modifications. Inform them the best method to attain out to you and what this implies for any pending instances.

Be Prepared for Distant

Many legislation corporations have been compelled to think about going distant a lot sooner than anticipated in gentle of the pandemic. In consequence, this implies fascinated about your insurance policies, individuals, and expertise so that you could guarantee a easy transition and proceed to serve shoppers at a excessive degree as a virtual law firm. Our latest Lawyerist Lab coach distant working professional Maryellen Stockton led this session on the best way to consider what you’ve gotten in place already and the place you’ll must make some changes.

Keep on High of Your Funds

We launched a brand new instrument with our Monetary Scorecard that can assist you get an on the spot concept of the place your agency stands and the place you could direct most of your consideration within the coming weeks and months.

Lawyerist Lab members have entry to this instrument and have been launched to it stay throughout LabCon; many already plugged of their numbers to get a place to begin for the long run. CTO Sam Glover and President/Coach Stephanie Everett walked Labsters by means of the best way to enter their numbers and why understanding their financial KPIs will probably be so essential within the coming months.

Delegating to Freelancers

In our session on outsourcing and delegation, Laura Briggs lined why you could outsource, what sorts of issues a solo lawyer can leverage to get a few of your time again whereas saying in price range, and the best way to efficiently display screen and rent freelancers and impartial contractors. Attendees discovered about writing job descriptions, conducting interviews, and the keys to long-term independent contractor success.

Reward Board & Testimonials

One of many highlights of LabCon has all the time been our Reward Board, the place attendees and employees can shout each other out for a superb expertise or perception. We took the Reward Board digital this 12 months however had many optimistic feedback. A few of our private favorites included:

  • “Nice job pivoting and placing this collectively.” Robert B.
  • “All the Lawyerist team- you rock! Solution to make this occur and make it productive and helpful!” Rebecca R.
  • “Nice facilitated discussions throughout breakouts.” Tyler I.
  • “Nice concepts from Sam, Emily, and Rebecca about scaling.” Dave S.
  • “Labcon occurred at precisely the correct second for me. As an alternative of panicking, I used to be along with a neighborhood of different attorneys who have been centered on utilizing this unprecedented time as a second to strengthen their practices and discover new alternatives. The lawyerist crew offered us with each life like and sensible steerage on the best way to make this occur in our practices.” Ryan M.
  • “Digital LabCon’s concentrate on pivoting my follow couldn’t have come at a greater time. I completed assured, armed, and centered with a plan to adapt to the brand new market actuality forward of my competitors.” Gary S.
  • “LabCon helped with an actionable plan for the fast disaster and for long-term improvement. The digital assembly was a mannequin for the way we should always and might ship content material and companies to our shoppers.” Jennifer W.

These have been only a sampling from dozens of feedback in regards to the assist and perception offered in the primary discussions, breakout rooms, and particular person conversations that also occurred within the context of digital LabCon.


  • Your shoppers nonetheless want you, maybe greater than ever. Projecting calm messaging and readability on what they’ll anticipate and the best way to attain you is essential.
  • Your crew could be immediately distant, however that’s no motive to neglect your alternative to construct processes and plans for engagement along with your crew and shoppers in a virtual law office.
  • To be recession-ready, you could map out your present monetary state of affairs and search for all alternatives to make changes to safeguard you and your firm- Labsters can now use the Monetary Scorecard as a place to begin.
  • You may’t do it on their own, and leveraging digital freelancers helps you stretch your price range and concentrate on what’s actually essential.

Did you get FOMO studying over every thing we lined in simply 1.5 days nearly? Arrange a time to speak with our Neighborhood Supervisor.

Thanks once more to LabCon 2020 sponsors LawClerk, Smith.ai, and GNGF for serving to us pull of a fantastic event- we couldn’t do it with out you!


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Final up to date Could 14th, 2020.


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