The global law firm Eversheds, based in London, has teamed up with LawWithoutWalls, the groundbreaking legal and commercial education project led by the University of Miami School of Law, in a first-ever collaboration.
The agreement was announced by Bryan Hughes, Chief Executive of Eversheds, and LawWithoutWalls' co-creators, Michele DeStefano, an Associate Professor at Miami Law, and Michael Bossone, Special Advisor to Patricia D. White, the law school's dean. Lawyers from Eversheds' worldwide operation and clients of the firm will bring their practical expertise to students from 18 universities around the world who are taking part in LawWithoutWalls' 2013 program, which will launch on Jan. 19-20 in Segovia, Spain.
Hughes called it "unique, practical training," in which students "develop innovative business solutions specific to the legal sector and present these ideas to a panel of venture capitalists and legal industry experts" at the course's conclusion in April at the University of Miami.
"LawWithoutWalls is about developing a future generation of lawyers who are commercial, innovative, digitally-savvy and global thinkers," Hughes said of the program, under which leaders from business and academia mentor the next generation of legal and business students to help them attain real-world commercial skills.
"We are absolutely delighted to have Eversheds as the global law firm to participate in LawWithoutWalls," Dean White said. "We were seeking to include a major global law firm which embraces innovation, technology, and the highest standards of quality and service. Eversheds is a perfect choice."
Professor DeStefano and Bossone said they were very pleased with the collaboration with Eversheds and its promise of meeting the challenges of today's global legal marketplace.