WLG | beyond borders

June 21, 2021 12:00am
Committees: First Fifteen Forum WLG | beyond borders
Host Firm: World Law Group

WLG | beyond borders—a six-week digital program for associates is in full swing. The sessions are designed for professional growth including speaking, presenting, writing, and time management skills; peer and mentor networking; optional projects with promotional opportunities; and legal discussion. View recaps and upcoming sessions below.

Orientation Video

Please take a moment to watch this introduction to World Law Group. It is short. So short you won't be able to finish half a cup of hot coffee before it is over.


Pen Pals [June 21 - July 2]
June 21, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm

Pen pals were randomly assigned, with attention to pairing pals in the same or cross-selling practice areas. Pen pals scheduled their own time during the two-week arrangement to meet—and set up a Zoom or other video call to connect.

Speed Networking Sessions
June 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am

Participants enjoyed four sessions of virtual speed networking, a fun and effective way to create new business relationships and friendships.

June 24, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am

Jeff Lohnes shared practical tips and exercises to develop strong public speaking skills whether it is virtual or in person. You can listen to the recording by clicking on the image below. This session includes an optional project to put those lessons into practice by creating a short elevator pitch. Listen to the recording and visit the session recap page to learn more about this project.

La(w)tte Talk
June 29, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am

We poured a fresh cup of coffee (on average participants drink two cups per day) and chatted about each other's practice areas, how they may relate to coffee production and milestones that filled our year. Johanna Göbel at Taylor Wessing shared that she used some of her free time during the pandemic to learn and practice some barista skills while Tung Pham of VILAF shared some recent drama in the local coffee world. Vietnam is one of the largest exporters of coffee in the world. Although not coffee, China has a new chocolate manufacturer and is exporting the sweet treat to the world.

Member Mentors with Janet Levy Pahima
July 1, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am

We benefited from spending an hour with Janet Levy Pahima of Herzog Fox & Neeman, hearing about her legal and WLG network experience. She shared that even in a virtual world, you can leverage the power of technology to expand your international network. Here are the highlights.

  • No matter the size of your firm or whether your countries have diplomatic relations, you can find business development relations and personal enrichment through friendships within WLG.
  • Network efficiently through Zoom meetings by sending direct messages to other participants when you hear them say something that relates to you or to introduce yourself.
  • Take note of speakers who captivate your attention and emulate what they do but also note speakers who do not keep your attention and avoid their behaviours in your own meetings. Smiling and holding (virtual) eye contact can go a long way in building connections online.
Pen Pals [July 6 - July 16]
July 6, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm

Pen pals were randomly assigned, with attention to pairing pals in the same or cross-selling practice areas. Pen pals scheduled their own time during the two-week arrangement to meet—and set up a Zoom or other video call to connect.

Law on Tap
July 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am

There is nothing like coming together over a pint and good conversation. With 24 times zones and WLG members in most of them, a happy hour can be a challenge to coordinate. This group made the most of it talking about our collective beer preferences and uncovered some interesting beer laws and transactions. Some highlights include:

  1. Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired a majority stake of the popular Dominican Republic brewer of Pilsner Presidente for more than $1.2 billion, making it the largest M&A deal ever to take place in the country.
  2. Indonesia has banned foreign investment in alcoholic beverages; Bintang is the only national beer.
  3. The Bavarian Purity Law was essentially the modern world’s first Consumer Protection Act and remained enforced in Germany until 1987. It is still considered the ultimate standard for beer-making by craft brewers worldwide and German brewers. As per the law, the only ingredients allowed were barley, hops and water.
Not Guil-tea
July 7, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm

On the East Coast of Canada, if you say you're coming over, the host says, "I'll boil water for tea," and then you catch up. This is precisely how this session went. A small group perfect for genuinely getting to know each other. While we didn't get into any specific law related to tea, we learned about the push for sustainable infrastructure and renewable resources in Asia and discussed our favorite travel destinations.

Member Mentors with Lindsay Everitt
July 8, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am

Lindsay Everitt, Director, Marketing and Client Relations at Goodmans LLP, Ontario, Canada, is a wealth of knowledge and experience in legal marketing and business development. She shared that while there is no magic formula to legal marketing and business development, the key is to be authentic in your practice and your connections to be an effective business developer. Here are the highlights.

  1. Be helpful. If you can make the partner look good, make yourself visible, show initiative, you will become a trusted asset to their practice and client relationships. Offer to set up the zoom calls, take notes during meetings, provide a write-up on a topic. Strategy for the first 1-5 years should be about doing good work and being helpful to others.
  2. Know what you enjoy and make sure your marketing team knows it. If you like to write, speak, research, prepare presentations, etc., you could find opportunities to promote yourself and become a valuable resource to those internal departments—as long as they know you're available. Speak to your strengths. Never think of one direction. But always be true to yourself.
  3. Be active on social media. LinkedIn is often under-utilized and holds ample opportunities to connect with people beyond your immediate network. Comment on, like and share posts with your thoughts or appreciation to the writer. You never know who may see it and come to you for help or an introduction.
July 13, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm

Adrian Lürssen, Co-founder and VP for Strategic Development at JD Supra, shared practical stories and actionable advice to improve your writing and capture the right audiences. There are so many golden nuggets of information in this session you need to listen by clicking on the button below to benefit truly, but we will share with you one of our favorites:

“Substantive legal analysis can be written in three paragraphs.”

We’re taking his advice ourselves and working on a write-up that captures this and other recommendations. This session includes an optional project to put those lessons you learned to use by creating an original piece of sharable content that WLG can distribute on the JD Supra platform and highlight on the website and in other WLG communications. This is yet another opportunity to get your name and expertise in front of the right people.

Pen Pals [July 20 - July 30]
July 20, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm

Pen pals were randomly assigned, with attention to pairing pals in the same or cross-selling practice areas. Pen pals scheduled their own time during the two-week arrangement to meet—and set up a Zoom or other video call to connect.

July 22, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am

How we manage our time throughout the workday is critical to our emotional well-being, sense of self, productivity, and overall success. Never has time management been more challenging than in this "work from home" situation lawyers now find themselves in, where the lack of structure and influx of new distractions are wreaking so much havoc.

Member Mentors with Pamela Kung
July 27, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am

Pamela Kung warmly invited participants to ask questions, sharing wisdom and guidance she has learned through her career. She shared advice about selecting a master's program and how to manage burnout and build trust among partners. The group had a discussion and shared perspectives on environmental law and how it relates to a deal and strategies for associates to identify and bring new work into the firm.

  1. Resilience is a key quality Pam looks for in associates—this past year has certainly required it. She suggested identifying areas and skills when you feel yourself burning out and addressing those challenges. For example, if you find yourself taking too long to review something, protectionism may be a challenge for you that is leading to feeling burnout.
  2. The separation of work and home life has been blurred over the past year. Identifying boundaries and communicating those is important for your own mental health and building trust among your peers and partners. When it is time to take a break it is important to walk away from the work so you can recover.
  3. When identifying or approached by startups for legal work, think of yourself and the firm as an angel investor. While they often need the legal work upfront, they may not be able to pay for it. Advocating for the firm to take startups on as a client could be lucrative in the long run, but it is a business decision and risk that needs to be considered.
Member Mentors with Jonathan Young
July 27, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm

The conversation with Jonathan Young was honest and peppered with helpful guidance. Jonathan shared perspectives on networking, mindset, and building connections. He has benefited from strong mentors in his career and was eager to share those experiences for the benefit of the group.

  1. Networking isn't passing out business cards at events; from that, you may get contacts. Networking is really about getting to know a person, personally and professionally, and building that trust that gives someone a reason to remember you. Doing this will result in future business, referrals, guidance, and support.
  2. Practice keeping a positive and calm mindset. There will be hard cases that challenge you throughout your career but remembering hardship is temporary; it will pass, will help you to get through it. This hardship won’t define your career.
  3. A mentor doesn’t need to be one person, and they don’t need to be senior to you. Look for people you connect with, and you will find a reciprocal, trusted relationship.
In the Spirit of Law
July 28, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm

We are sharing our favorite happy hour beverages and distilling the law and cocktails. This session connects you with fellow legal mixologists—no bartending experience required—and explores laws worldwide related to the world of fermented sugar.