What is the Institute for the Future of Law Practice (aka "IFLP")?
IFLP is a 501(c)(3) education non-profit that provides unique graduate-level training in practical skills necessary for the modern law practice to legal professionals in the US and Canada. See: Our Mission and The IFLP Competency Model.
Why was IFLP created?
To fill a gap in legal education by producing more legal professionals with the know-how and methodology of other disciplines such as data analytics, process optimization, legal technology, design thinking, and business / financial operations (the “Top-of-the T” disciplines). Without this, the profession will struggle to control costs and effectively manage growing legal complexity. IFLP fills this need by building curricula that is high-impact, time efficient, and highly cost effective when compared to similar executive education models.
A little history, please?
Sure. IFLP grew out of the Tech Lawyer Accelerator program at the University of Colorado School of Law. From 2014 - 2018 this program educated students on modern practice and placed more than 90 rising 2Ls and 3Ls in paid internships. Many of those internships, directly or indirectly, led to permanent employment upon graduation. In 2018, Professors Bill Mooz (who was instrumental in the Tech Lawyer Accelerator program), Dan Linna and Bill Henderson co-founded IFLP to be able to broaden the scope of the curriculum and scale the delivery model to be able to offer training to legal professionals in all corners of the profession.
Bill Henderson is a co-Founder of IFLP and one of the most influential people in legal education. Bill joined the IU Maurer School of Law faculty in 2003 following a visiting appointment at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a judicial clerkship for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Drawing upon more than a decade of research, Bill is a sought-after commentator on the changing legal marketplace. His observations and research have been frequently quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Monthly, The Economist, and National Public Radio. Bill’s essays and studies also frequently appear in the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and The ABA Journal. Bill has accumulated numerous awards. In the last five years, he has been named: (i) One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal (a list compiled just once every decade), (ii) The Most Influential Person in Legal Education by National Jurist Magazine, and (iii) One of the inaugural group of “Legal Rebels” profiled by the ABA Journal. In 2010, Bill co-founded Lawyer Metrics, an applied research company focused on the legal industry. Access Group acquired the company in 2015.Email
“Optimism, adaptability, and persistence; these are the attributes that define me and my approach to my work, my passion.” Clients across the nation have trusted Kim for over 35 years with their law firms, relying on her to spearhead both innovation and lean design thinking within their organizations. Kim’s focus is on sparking continuous advances in how legal teams work for enhanced value, better outcomes, brand differentiation and greater client experiences.Email
Monica Goyal is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and innovator. She applies her technological experience to her legal practice to provide accessible and affordable solutions for the legal needs of business owners. She has developed innovative platforms like My Legal Briefcase and Aluvion Law that utilize technology to create democratic legal solutions for businesses and individuals. Monica has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo. She is also a graduate of Stanford University where she obtained her Masters in Electrical Engineering. She began her career as an engineer in research and development working for major telecommunications companies like Toshiba, Nortel and Nokia before obtaining her law degree from the University of Toronto. She was part of the Canadian Bar Association’s Futures Initiatives. Monica is currently an adjunct professor at York University where she teaches Legal Information Technology. In addition, she continues to oversee My Legal Briefcase and a legal practice. Monica has also been a featured expert on numerous television programs from Sun TV to the Newman Show, and has written extensively about law and technology for national and international press. She was named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in the Journal of the American Bar Association and was nominated by Canadian Lawyer Magazine for their Top 25 influential changemakers.Email