- 09 Jul 2020
- Isadora Barros
The Ius Laboris University is a yearly event tailored for the professional development of lawyers. In the wake of COVID-19, the Ius Laboris University is taking place online for the first time. Our first edition of the event happened on 1 and 3 July for lawyers in the European and Eurasian firms. On these two days, associates of our firms across the world held workshops and courses, and had opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the Alliance.
On the first day, participants enjoyed a marketing class given by Ius Laboris central team, followed by a talk on “Societal and political upheaval and its impact on the workplace” prepared by Román Gil Alburquerque from Sagardoy Abogados . The next session was our International Projects course led by Hannah Price of Lewis Silkin and Ornella Patanè of Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci . Participants took part in a simulation of an international project and performed a number of tasks in teams, from pitching calls to billing. The course aims to improve the project management skills of our lawyers and provide tools to help smooth the running of cross-border projects.
The second day consisted of an introduction to developing legal apps and a hackathon in which participants built a legal app from scratch. All the apps were then presented to a panel of judges who decided which team had the best idea. The winning group this time was Team 4, consisting of Alexander Steven and Sascha Gründler of Kliemt.HR, Milijana Tomić of Karanovic & Partners and Thea Bytofte of Norrbom Vinding. They developed an app that answered key questions on restructuring in Germany, Serbia and Denmark. Well done Team 4!
“Team 4 was actually providing answers to first high level questions in an area that we believe adds a lot of value. We thought the subject was very good for a decision tree and the idea of providing answers to the first questions per jurisdiction (rather than 'thanks for filling out this form, we'll get in touch with you') was the best way to make use of the decision tree technology”, head of the legal hackathon judging panel, partner Philip Nabben of Bronsgeest Deur explained. In his first time as a judge on the panel, Philip Nabben enjoyed the experience and highlighted that it was “nice to see how teams manage to produce materials in such a short timeframe”. He also enjoyed the virtual drinks afterwards, although is hoping for a live meeting soon. We agree with you, Philip!
We had so many registrants for the European event that we are running it again on 22 and 24 July. In addition, we will hold similar events for Americas and Asia-Pacific firms in September and October.