Michele DeStefano

Professor of Law and Larry Hoffman Greenberg Traurig Business of Law Chair ; Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School Executive Education and IE Law School; Founder & Director, LawWithoutWalls and MOVEL∆W; Co-creator & Chief Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal E

J.D. 2002, Harvard Law School
B.A. 1991, Dartmouth College

Michele DeStefano
Phone: (305) 284-2411
Office: G476

Professor, author, speaker, consultant, and facilitator on innovation and technology, culture creation, teaming, and cross-practice, cross-border initiatives.

Recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel and by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (North America) as one of the top 20 most innovative lawyers, Michele is a professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School, Executive Education and IE University, and the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international, intergenerational think-tank of over 2,000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to hone new skillsets and mindsets and create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology. She is also the co-curator of the Compliance Elliance Journal, an international e-journal of articles on compliance and ethics from around the world.

As a professor of law, Michele researches and writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. Recently, Michele helped co-create and spearhead the development of the Digital Legal Exchange, a non-profit designed to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value. To date, Her work has been published in leading law journals and featured in a range of media including Time Magazine, the Financial Times (UK), Forbes Women, ABA Journal, National Law Journal, American Lawyer, Harvard Law Today, The National Jurist, Legal Futures (UK), Inside Counsel Magazine, Harvard Law The Practice, and Bloomberg News. In addition to many articles, she has published two books. Her book Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law leverages over 100 interviews of General Counsels of large international corporations and Heads of Innovation at law firms. Her other book, New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World (co-curated with Dr. Guenther Dobrauz) includes chapters by experts in law, innovation, and technology to provide a global perspective on the future of our diverse legal service delivery ecosystem.

Michele has been invited to speak about her areas of expertise at a number of law conferences, leading law firms, and law schools including Linklaters, Holland & Knight, Dentons, McDermott, Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer, Proskauer Rose, White & Case, Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, IE Business School, University of St. Gallen, and Fordham. She has also delivered keynotes to legal departments within corporations and legal organizations such as Microsoft, DXC, Thomson Reuters, Blackstone, Spotify, ABA, AALS, and NAFSA. Michele also regularly consults on ethics, attorney-client privilege and work product issues, and organizational strategy.

Finally, Michele is especially proud to be the mother of three wonderful teenagers.


Don't Let the Digital Tail Wag the Transformation Dog: A Digital Transformation Roadmap for Corporate Counsel, with Bjarne Tellmann, Daniel Wu, (2022).

International Bar Association, Legal Levers in a Virtual World: Teaming Online to Do Different Things Differently, is published. Law Firm Management Publication (2020).

Legal Levers in a Virtual World: Teaming Online to Do Different Things Differently, International Bar Association, Law Firm Management Publication (2020).

UM’S Law Without Walls Pursues International Solutions to Legal, Business Problems, (2019).

New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World, co-curated by Guenther Dobrauz and Michele DeStefano , with Guenther Dobrauz, Stämpfli Publishing (2019).

Innovation: A New Key Discipline for Lawyers and Legal Education, New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World Stämpfli Publishing Chapter 3 (2019).

The Secret Sauce to Teaching Collaboration and Leadership to Lawyers: The 3-4-5 Method of Innovation, New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World Stämpfli Publishing Chapter 31 (2019).

The Law Firm Chief Innovation Officer: Goals, Roles,and Holes Part 1 and 2, Modern Legal Practice Globe Law and Business (2019).

IE Law School, Expert Lawyer to Innovative Lawyer, is featured in IE Insights (2019).

From Expert Lawyer to Innovative Lawyer, @IE Insights (2019).

There’s Me and There’s Me and There’s Me: It May be Too Much, But Too Little of Me is Not Enough, LESSON 16 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers From Women Lawyers Berroco Canyon Publishing (2019).

The Law Firm Chief Innovation Officer: Goals, Roles, and Holes, Modern Legal Practice (2018).

Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation, Ankerwycke Publishing (2018).

Transforming Lawyer-Client Collaboration and Creating Lasting Change Through LawWithoutWalls, with Erika Pagano, The Legal Tech Book Reemers Publishing Services GmbH (2018).

Client-Centered Innovation at HSF, with Nathan Cisneros, Lisa Brem, Harvard Law School Case Study (2018).

The Chief Compliance Officer: Should There Be a New "C" in the C-Suite?, Vol. 2, No. 5 Harvard Law School's The Practice (2016).

How Can Law Firms Innovate?, with James Batham, Iberian Law. (2015).

Compliance and Claim Funding: Testing the Borders of Lawyers’ Monopoly and the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2961 (2014).

Claim Funders and Commercial Claim Holders: A Common Interest or a Common Problem?, 63 DePaul L. Rev. 305 (2014).

Creating a Culture of Compliance: Why Departmentalization May Not Be the Answer, 10 Hastings Bus. L.J. 71 (2014).

NonLawyers Influencing Lawyers: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen or Stone Soup?, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 2791 (2012).

Hiring Teams, Firms, and Lawyers: Evidence of the Evolving Relationships in the Corporate Legal Market, with John Coates, Ashish Nanda, David Wilkins, 36 Law & Soc. Inquiry 999 (2011).

Taking the Business Out of Work Product, 79 Fordham L. Rev. 1869 (2011).

Advocacy in the Court of Public Opinion, Installment Two: How Far Should Corporate Attorneys Go?, 23 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1119 (2010).

Advocacy in the Court of Public Opinion, Installment One: Broadening the Role of Corporate Attorneys, 22 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1259 (2009).

The Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege: Third-Rate Doctrine for Third-Party Consultants, 62 SMU L. Rev. 727 (2009).

 Media Appearances

Internet: Law360.com February 26 2022

Internet: Law360.com December 18 2021

Other: PracticeInsiders Podcast December 15 2021

Internet: Law.com December 14 2021

Internet: News @the U November 11 2021

Other: Levick Podcast October 4 2021

Bloomberg Law June 2021 Quoted, Cooley Recruits Texas Lawyers, Offering Fully Remote Jobs https://news.bloomberglaw.com/business-and-practice/cooley-recruits-texas-lawyers-dangling-fully-remote-job-offers

Seyfarth's #Podcast June 2 2021 Michele is featured. "Pioneers and Pathfinders," https://www.seyfarth.com/news-insights/pioneers-and-pathfinders-michele-destefano.html

Zippia's Job Market for Recent Grads June 1 2021 Experts Weigh In, Michele provides her opinions on where the job market for recent law graduates is heading, as well as how they can prepare to enter the industry.

The LLM Guide May 13 2021 Michele is quoted in article, The Pandemic is Accelerating the Digitalization of the Legal Profession https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_09c9d0726bbd465982168c9561d91cda.pdf

Litera TV April 6 2021 Reinventing Legal with Ari Kaplan, Interviewing Michele https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCiVJCUqlnU

Digital Legal Exchange Podcast February 22 2021 Michele hosts Bjarne Tellemann, GC of GSK.

University of Miami School of Law February 10 2021 Michele and LawWithoutWalls were mentioned in "Law School Education Helps Alumna Launch DC Regulatory and Compliance Career." https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_1a414c01a9a9441e94ef195837426912.pdf

Digital Legal Exchange Podcast February 2 2021 Michele hosts Shahar Markovitch, current General Manager, National Intelligence , former Chief Digital & Information Officer, El AL Israel Airlines

Zippia December 11 2020 The Career Expert, Michele was featured in "Experts Weigh In On Current Job Market Trends" https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_53a23bf5f29a43848928fc9e39390a76.pdf

Future Law Podcast December 5 2020 Michele was featured in Episode 24, Leader of LawWithoutWalls by Podcast Host, Michael Madison

Bloomberg Law November 19 2020 Michele was quoted in an article by Roy Strom: DeChambeau’s Big Miss at Masters Is Lesson in Successful Failure https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_f2b2d7b5acd443bca1c7d2e45343f864.pdf

Americas Women Magazine (Miami Edition) November 17 2020 Michele was featured: "She's a Professor, Author, Speaker & Independent Consultant & Facilitator to Law Firms. Our Exclusive Interview with University of Miami Law Professor Michele DeStefano" https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_e8f19272fa324eac9648b0d8d97fabcc.pdf

Medium.com October 26 2020 Michele was interviewed by FGV Law School (Brazil) about her scholarship, Legal Upheaval and LawWithoutWalls, Interview with Michele DeStefano. https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_e3bbcb9e6c7e4e6594bfd832270d527a.pdf

Answering Legal October 22 2020 Michele was video interviewed by Nicholas Werker, Why Lawyers Need to Be Proactive and Always Innovating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvaI7ViQ-Ts&t=7s

Digital Legal Exchange Podcast October 21 2020 Michele hosts Gladys Chun, GC from Lazada Group https://www.buzzsprout.com/1219841/6000817

LawIT Legal Summit October 19 2020 Michele was Interviewed by Reena Sengupta about "Client Centricity and Digital Transformation in Law."

OA Online September 2020 Michele was mentioned in an article about the Digital Legal Exchange's Sponsorship of the Financial Times Lawyer Event

Law.com September 28 2020 Michele was featured in an article, "Top Innovators: Michele DeStefano Blossoms in Pandemic After 10 Years in Virtual World." https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_3516dea59f88412583974b0697e185a8.pdf

Law.com, Daily Business Review September 28 2020 Lists Michele as one of the top 3 innovators in South Florida, "DBR Awards Season: It's Delayed But Intact."

Digital Legal Exchange Podcast August 6 2020 Michele hosts Joe Otterstetter, GC at 3M https://www.buzzsprout.com/1219841/4887425

Law It June 2020 Michele delivered a live webinar: New Law, Big Law, and the Big Four: Why We Need a New Quarterback Now More Than Ever

OA Online and Fox21 June 16 2020 Michele and her role in the Digital Legal Exchange were highlighted: Digital Legal Exchange Builds Momentum Following First Quarter Launch https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554b9c72e4b0b97e40998182/t/5eebf50894c73a13d43f5b6d/1592521993255/2020-06-14+Fox21+Digital+Legal+Exchange+Builds+Momentum+Following+First+Quarter+L+-+FOX21-+Entertaining+Delmarva+One+Click+at+a+Time.pdf

Mondaq June 8 2020 Michele's Podcast with Seyfarth

Miami Law Reporter May 30 2020 Michele was featured: Professor Known for Innovation in Research and Teaching Leads Transition to Online Learning During Pandemic https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_cffe35128de240e7ad692597090649ab.pdf

Chancery Lane Chats May 20 2020 Michele is featured in a Podcast: Why Communications and Law are Becoming Yin and Yang Professions.

Compliance Elliance Journal May 20 2020 Michele's book: New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World, is reviewed by Christina-Maria Leeb https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_6fcf0a2a624a4c62b29817733f81b0fb.pdf

Daily Business Review May 4 2020 Michele is named as one of three honorees for Florida's Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year, DBR announces 2020 Professional Excellence Award Honorees https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554b9c72e4b0b97e40998182/t/5eb5ca0a491b9f779bb20243/1588972045767/2020-05-07+DBR+Announces+2020+Professional+Excellence+Award+Honorees+_+Daily+Business+Review.pdf

Fringe Legal April 9 2020 Michele was featured in a podcast: Legal Upheaval with Michele DeStefano https://www.fringelegal.com/podcast/s3-e1-legal-upheaval-with-michele-destefano/

Legal IT Insider April 8 2020 Michele was featured in a webinar: Post-COVID-19 Legal Landscape, What Should legal Organizations be Thinking About in Terms of Technological Innovation?

Miami Law Explainer April 6 2020 Michele is interviewed by Catherine Skipp, Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 https://soundcloud.com/user-312003365-898363102/s4-e12-teaching-in-the-time-of-covid-19

LexBlog.com February 12 2020 Michele's panel at Legal Week was reviewed by Ralph Baxter, Legal Week 2020 was Outstanding https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554b9c72e4b0b97e40998182/t/5e4705badc35d00092730df8/1581712827499/2020-02-12+Legalweek+2020+In+New+York+Was+Outstanding+_+LexBlog.pdf

Law360 February 6 2020 By Michele Gorman, Michele is quoted about change management in Change Of Heart: How Attorneys Can Get Buy-In For Big Ideas. https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_d139d0825c9144ff90cc1e412c8dbc5c.pdf

PRNNewswire January 30 2020 Michele is quoted in article, Web Use at Odds with Compliance, Security in Financial Firms https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554b9c72e4b0b97e40998182/t/5e39a302a0af01453b59bcf8/1580835587002/2020-01-20+Web+Use+at+Odds+with+Compliance%2C+Security+in+Financial+Firms.pdf

Above the Law October 17 2019 New Suits, is mentioned in Beware The #RobotLawyer Invasion https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554b9c72e4b0b97e40998182/t/5dcc53b07f150233d1a9c650/1573671857774/2019-10-23+Beware+The+%23RobotLawyer+Invasion+_+Above+the+Law.pdf

Florida Bar News October 15 2019 Michele and LawWithoutWalls were featured, "UM Law Without Walls Pursues International Solutions to Legal, Business Problems." https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554b9c72e4b0b97e40998182/t/5da664883aaf2b79909c3194/1571185801620/2010-10-15+FL+Bar+UM%E2%80%99s+Law+Without+Walls+pursues+international+solutions+to+legal%2C+business+problems+%E2%80%93+The+Florida+Bar.pdf

Answering Legal, Michele’s book October 8 2019 Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law was listed as one of the 11 Books Every Lawyer Should Read in 2019

University of Miami School of Law September 11 2019 Michele's new book, New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World is featured, "Legal Industry Undergoing Transformation – Professor DeStefano New Book Explores Phenomenon" https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_b6a9b46a073d4889b4f10b89767c55d7.pdf

Forbes by Mark Cohen September 3 2019 LawWithoutWalls is named as an example of a program designed to upskill lawyers "Upskilling: Why It Might Be The Most Important Word In The Legal Lexicon." https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/2019/09/03/upskilling-why-it-might-be-the-most-important-word-in-the-legal-lexicon/#3e196b2436a9

Foro Jurídico August 2019 Michele is interviewed, "La innovación implica que el abogado aprenda nuevas habilidades." https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_e5a723086d924f2db56a75fc2130f6b1.pdf

PrawfsBlog August 5 2019 Michele is featured, "DeStefano on the Adjacent Possible." https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_1aaa1c6d00f744779772663a8e03a5ce.pdf

Wealth Strategies Journal, by Jessica Zhang August 5 2019 Michele's recent chapter, Innovation: "A New Key Discipline for Lawyers and Legal Education is featured." https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_e7cb74b02c8941bfad1f656b0c67edbd.pdf

Forbes, by Mark Cohen July 9 2019 LawWithoutWalls is named as an example of "Market-aligned, client-centric, legal upskilling programs that have successfully bridged the gap between the marketplace and the Academy" in"Law Schools' Lost Opportunity." https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_e732443d8dd04c1da6865bf409afabe9.pdf

Bloomburg, by Roy Strom July 3 2019 Michele is quoted in "California Opens Door to More Legal Tech Non-Lawyer Roles." https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/california-opens-door-to-more-non-lawyer-roles-tech-solutions

Lawyers Weekly, by Jerome Doraisamy May 8 2019 Michele and LawWithoutWalls are featured in "Why law students should partake in legal innovation programs."

LMA March 28 2019 Michele is featured in Legal Marketing Association podcast with host, Cynthia Voth "Innovate, Collaborate, and Transform Law Firms."

Law360, by Michele Gorman March 8 2019 Michele is quoted in "How In-house Counsel Can Avoid Being a Nightmare Client" https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_ea1aff3334a54d04a92cca8c4db8ed65.pdf

TheTechnolawgist, by Isabella Galeano March 8 2019 Michele is featured in "Women Leading the Legal Tech Sector"

Financial Times December 13 2018 Michele, the founder of LWOW received a commendation. LawWithoutWalls ranked 2nd and named a “standout” for innovation in collaboration at this year’s Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyer Awards. https://197cd203-b41d-412a-9b0f-897af0bec292.filesusr.com/ugd/abfdcf_b2eef8fae595407f84ac9cbcbdd427e1.pdf

Aaltblog December 11 2018 Colin Levy reviews, “Legal Tech Book: the Legal Industry’s Guide through the Ever-Changing Global Market” which features a chapter on LawWithoutWalls co-authored by Michele and Erika Pagano.

Lawyers on Fire November 2018 ”Lawyers On Fire, A Chat with Michele DeStefano,” Podcast by Carsten Reimann https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lawyers-on-fire.com%2Fpost%2Flawyers-on-fire-chat-with-michele-destefano&data=02%7C01%7Cahernandez%40law.miami.edu%7C96703cbb1bd145742a6d08d745ec5aef%7C2a144b72f23942d48c0e6f0f17c48e33%7C0%7C0%7C637054753746104856&sdata=LJQnTLBQffptHrrhDHuO166eBwIKsE2CFc%2Bdrp0hjIk%3D&reserved=0

LegalFutures November 28 2018 Dan Bindman calls Legal Upheaval an "Innovation Blueprint" https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flawwithoutwalls.org%2Fs%2F2018-28-11-A-blueprint-for-innovation-Legal-Futures.pdf&data=02%7C01%7Cahernandez%40law.miami.edu%7C96703cbb1bd145742a6d08d745ec5aef%7C2a144b72f23942d48c0e6f0f17c48e33%7C0%7C0%7C637054753746084864&sdata=B2%2BQYDzqBgUpvozwUZZZARkqKZXYbARcacwqIILr1Vc%3D&reserved=0

ABA November 27 2018 ABA Interview with Michele and Feature of Legal Upheaval, Innovation Rx https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flawwithoutwalls.org%2Fs%2F2018-11-27-ABA-Innovation-Rx-g667.pdf&data=02%7C01%7Cahernandez%40law.miami.edu%7C96703cbb1bd145742a6d08d745ec5aef%7C2a144b72f23942d48c0e6f0f17c48e33%7C0%7C0%7C637054753746094859&sdata=1l9c4RkjBIXl0RkNbuDj%2BrFEjjZgvmStAgOVabW1Dr0%3D&reserved=0

Remaking Law Firms November 16 2018 Legal Upheaval is reviewed by George Beaton, "Why Everyone Should Read Legal Upheaval"

Legal News November 14 2018 Legal Upheaval and Michele are quoted, "Two Paths for 21st-century law firms: innovation or extinction," by Nicole Black

Ari Kaplan Podcast November 1 2018 Legal Upheaval: A conversation with law professor and author Michele DeStefano.

Legal IT Insider November 1 2018 Transcript from podcast with Ari Kaplan, Legal Upheaval: "A Conversation with Law Profession and Author Michele DeStefano.”

Legal Futures October 5 2018 Michele and her book, Legal Upheaval, are featured, “Lawyers Need to See Benefits of Innovation Says Guru,” by Dan Bindman

Financial Times October 4 2018 Michele is quoted by Reena SenGupta, “Law Firms Confront a Question of Identity”


Legal Innovation Aggregator September 2018 Michele is featured as a Thought Leader.

Miami Law Website September 2018 Michele was featured on the Miami Law Website regarding Publishing her book. "Achieving Success in Changing Legal Landscape." https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.wixstatic.com%2Fugd%2Fabfdcf_71ac631f540d4d749bc7a30a296719ff.pdf&data=02%7C01%7Cahernandez%40law.miami.edu%7C96703cbb1bd145742a6d08d745ec5aef%7C2a144b72f23942d48c0e6f0f17c48e33%7C0%7C0%7C637054753746144833&sdata=TUyPe6GXa9p%2F6ogQaBeMt9smCoaQjT%2FXJ%2BR%2Fe18NbLI%3D&reserved=0

Legal Speak Podcast September 28 2018 Michele is interviewed by Karen Sloan, Law.com, Beyond the Buzzwords: Getting Real About Law Firm Innovation.

The Attic September 26 2018 Michele is interviewed by Kayleigh Ziolo, “Legal Upheaval: In Conversation with ‘Legal Rebel,’ Michele DeStefano” https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flawwithoutwalls.org%2Fs%2F2018-09-26-Ziolo-The-Attic-Legal-Upheaval_-In-Conversation-with-Legal-Rebel-Michele-DeStefano-_-The.pdf&data=02%7C01%7Cahernandez%40law.miami.edu%7C96703cbb1bd145742a6d08d745ec5aef%7C2a144b72f23942d48c0e6f0f17c48e33%7C0%7C0%7C637054753746124846&sdata=S2Gwlvm9q7zQcadIQp5kcBoz%2B0fuIhvKJmazIgVFv0A%3D&reserved=0

Above the Law September 25 2018 Michele is quoted in “You Want Innovation in Legal? Legal Ops Needs To Drive the Conversation,” by Mike Quartararo

Above the Law September 20 2018 Michele's book, Legal Upheaval, is reviewed “Innovation in Legal Services: A Pipe Dream or a Necessity,” by Nicole Black

Bloomberg Law August 2018 Michele's book, "Legal Upheaval", is mentioned by Rick Mitchell. https://biglawbusiness.com/wake-up-call-lawyers-react-to-cohen-guilty-plea-manafort-conviction/

Law.com August 2018 Michele's book, Legal Upheaval, is reviewed, "Ahead of the Curve: A 'Legal Upheaval' for Law Schools?" by Karen Sloan.

Law360.com August 2018 Michele's book, Legal Upheaval, is featured, "Lawyers Need to Disrupt Themselves to Succeed," by Michele Gorman.

Corporate Counsel powered by Law.com August 23 2018 Michele's book, Legal Upheaval, is reviewed by Sue Reisinger https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/08/22/gcs-who-want-outside-counsel-innovation-need-to-define-it-author-says/

BeyondBillables.com July 2018 Michele is featured in a podcast. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbeyondbillables.com%2Fpodcast-for-lawyers%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmd%40law.miami.edu%7C7f9782331f4d4fe4319408d5eaba504b%7C2a144b72f23942d48c0e6f0f17c48e33%7C0%7C1%7C636673008781623441&sdata=2SqlXGZCzqHRksAwLIO0LgHw5LiL3tp6bbv6We9ajN0%3D&reserved=0

The Hedge Fund Law Report June 2018 Michele is quoted about the role of the Chief Compliance Officer and the structure of the compliance function in "What Fund Managers Should Consider When Hiring and Onboarding CCOs; Determining CCO Governance Structures; and Evaluating Risks of CCO Turnover (Part Two of Three)" by Shaw Horton.

Legal IT Insider May 2018 Review of Michele's Talk JDHorizons: Leadership, change, marmalade martini, reinvention, Jam, and hats off for a 50%-plus female line-up. http://lawwithoutwalls.org/s/JDHorizons-Leadership-change-marmalade-martini-reinvention-Jam-and-hats-off-for-a-50-plus-fem.pdf

Litigation Funding May 2018 Michele is quoted on, John Sammons, Attorneys don't favor regulating third party, lawsuit lenders. The Florida Record. https://flarecord.com/stories/511407533-attorneys-don-t-favor-regulating-third-party-lawsuit-lenders

The Ed Andrew Podcast March 2018 Featuring Michele DeSefano..

Legal Luminary Podcast March 2017 Innovation in the Law

Lawyerist Podcast November 2016 Featuring Michele "Learning Creative Problem Solving Skills."

Harvard Law School's, The Practice July 2016 Michele's articles and research in compliance along with the Compliance Elliance Journal (CEJ) (co-founded by Michele and Professor Hendrick Schneider, University of Leipzig) was featured. https://thepractice.law.harvard.edu/article/the-future-of-risk/

Financial Times November 2015 Michele was quoted and winners from LawWithoutWalls were featured. https://lwo-w.squarespace.com/s/Millennials-demand-start-up-skills-FTcom.pdf

The Laws of Adaptation, The Harvard Law School Bulletin. October 2015 Michele was featured about her research and experience in innovating legal education and practice and about LawWithoutWalls. http://today.law.harvard.edu/feature/the-laws-of-adaptation/

Roy Black, Law Without Walls, UM Law School May 13 2015 https://www.royblack.com/blog/law-without-walls/

Amir S. Dhillon, LawWithoutWhatNow?! March 2015 Axiom Newsletter: Amir's Corner https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554b9c72e4b0b97e40998182/t/559eab37e4b0fddece21db43/1436461879396/Amir%2BDhillon%2BAxiom%2BNewsletter.pdf

Ellen Rosen, Litigation Finance Communications Protected: Business of Law. Bloomberg News. March 2015 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-04/litigation-finance-communications-protected-business-of-law


Edward Fennell, Lawyers with Solutions January 2015 THE TIMES: LAW DIARY

LawWithoutWalls Kicks Off its Fifth Year at University College Dublin January 2015 https://www.law.miami.edu/news/2015/january/lawwithoutwalls-kicks-its-fifth-year-university-college-dublin

 Presentations & Awards

(March 11, 2022)

Michele will present on the changing demands and role of General Counsels (June 1, 2022)

(April 21, 2022)

Brand Authenticity; The Message vs. The Truth (October 5, 2021)

Embracing Change with a Culture of Creativity, Collaboration & Innovation (October 4, 2021)

Digitally Transforming Legal (October 19, 2021)

Transforming Relationships with Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation (November 11, 2021)

Digital Transformation & Corporate Legal Departments; Creating New Forms of Value (November 1, 2021)

Understanding the Legal Mind: Leveraging Change with a Culture of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation (May 7, 2021)

Leading Change: Shaping the Future of Legal Ops (May , 2021)

Legal Leaders: Opportunities for Differentiation in a Digital World (June 10, 2021)

Transforming Client Relationships with Innovation (April 13, 2021)

Skills at Scale and The Legal Function (September 28, 2020)

Client Centricity: From Services to Experiences (September 24, 2020)

Importance of Driving a Culture of Collaboration in the Legal Industry (September 18, 2020)

Client Centricity and Digital Transformation in Law (October 19, 2020)

Filling in the Gaps: Why and How Lawyers Need to Innovate (November 5, 2020)

Legal Leaders: Opportunities for Differentiation in a Digital World (November 19, 2020)

Reinventing Global Legal Education: A Blueprint Panel (November 10, 2020)

Virtual book talk about Legal Upheaval (March 18, 2020)

What’s Next for the Inhouse Legal Function After Corona? Accelerating Digital Transformation and Revenue Generation (June 29, 2020)

Future of Legal Services Panel (June 25, 2020)

Future of Law (June 24, 2020)

Law & Opportunities (June 24, 2020)

Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation (July 23, 2020)

Session on Business Partnering (July 14, 2020)

Session on The Art of Collaboration & Innovation in Law in a Part- Virtual World (July 14, 2020)

Best Practices and Lessons Learned (July , 2020)

How the 'Innovation Tournament in Law' Is Changing the Industry (January 31, 2020)

Change Management: How to Get Lawyers and Staff to Buy Into Change (February 5, 2020)

Power, Privilege and Transformation: Lessons from the Pandemic for Online Legal Education Virtual Symposium (August 5, 2020)

Community Building and Successful Online Teaming (August , 2020)

Post-COVID-19 Legal Landscape, What Should legal Organizations be Thinking About in Terms of Technological Innovation? (April 8, 2020)

Upheaval & Innovation in the Legal Marketplace with Michele DeStefano ‘02 (September 18, 2019)

Secret Service Differentiation at the Legal Management Forum (October 14, 2019)

Legal Upheaval and the New Expectations of Lawyers: What’s Innovation Got to Do With It? (October 11, 2019)

Why lawyers should practice proactive collaboration towards innovation? (October 10, 2019)

Talk about Legal Upheaval (November 12, 2019)

Building the Legal Industry of the Future (May 9, 2019)

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Why Lawyers Should Hone the Mindset, Skillset, and Behaviors of Innovators? (March 27, 2019)

Expert on Millennials: Do They Really Have Different Expectations from their Careers in the Law From Previous Generations and What are the Best Ways to Manage them in the Law at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Conference (June 18, 2019)

Law Teaching (September , 2018)

LawWithoutWalls (October 18, 2018)

LawWithoutWalls: Enhancing Access to Justice and Lawyers’ Skills with Innovation (May , 2018)

Leading in Law–Habits of Highly Effective Law Firm Leadership & Entrepreneurialism. (May , 2018)

Changing demands of lawyers and best practices for collaboration and innovation (December 7, 2018)

Book Reading and Interview with Mark F. Raymond. (December 11, 2018)

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