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The 21st Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop

Assessing a Maturing Return-to-Office Blueprint

Wednesday October 26, 2022 | 12:00PM-5:00PM ET

Few business issues are as critical these days as modern talent management. Pandemic-era revelations around remote or hybrid work and organizational culture present new, even perhaps uncanny challenges for firm executives tasked with organizational oversight. How are leading firms managing “The Great Return” amid so many disparate interests? This year’s Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop addresses strategic and tactical innovations around people, purpose, and professional development. With uncertainty abound for return-to-office planning, where are firms succeeding–or ultimately falling short–within a dynamic industrial landscape?

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Event Details

New York, NY

$395 USD / Complimentary (with 21st Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum registration)

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Why You Should Attend

  • The Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop is the premier gathering of eponymous title holders and their executive brethren across the AmLaw 200.
  • Our forum addresses key developments and trends impacting the business of law.
  • We leverage highly regarded industry veterans and advisors for robust, substantive content unmatched at other programs.
  • Attendees can expect practical advice for immediate and lasting impact at their firms.

Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm Chief Operating Officers
  • Law Firm Chief Financial Officers
  • Law Firm Executive Directors
  • Law Firm Chief Talent Officers
  • Law Firm Chief Human Resources Officers

Chair(s) and Faculty

Chair(s) Faculty
Jennifer Fowler
Chief Human Resources Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Event agenda

(all times local)

Wednesday October 26, 2022

11:00AM Registration & Luncheon
11:55AM ET Opening Remarks
12:00PM ET Tiny Fractures: Leading Organizational Alignment Around Return-to-Office Plans

As the modern workforce continues to diversify across gender, ethnic, geographical, and generational lines, entrenched employee resistance toward return-to-office plans—even if only 2 or 3 days a week—remains a challenge for many law firm leaders. Ever mindful of weighing individual concerns against broader organizational priorities, firm executives must evince empathetic leadership in moving the organization forward and ensuring that the “stickiness” of culture remains intact. This discussion ponders modern people management strategy in a hybrid environment. How are firms engineering the human side of pandemic-era work with so many disparate voices in the fold?

1:15PM ET Break
1:30PM ET Stress Test: Performance, Tax, & Business Liability Considerations in Hybrid Work

With hybrid or flexible working models growing increasingly popular, businesses must consider hypothetical tax and liability scenarios for remote employees. How, for example, should employers account for work completed by staff with multiple residences? What supervisory mechanisms exist to track individual performance, ensure accurate timekeeping, or assess core behaviors such as collaboration and teamwork? What happens when a remote employee is injured (or worse) while on the job? Please join us for a timely and practical conversation on how firms continue to recalibrate and adapt.

2:30 PM ET Break
2:45PM ET Work in Progress: Achieving Equity in the Modern Firm

An overlooked, but no less critical, offshoot of hybrid work arrangements is the notion of equitable treatment within the organization. Throughout the pandemic, essential personnel—whether at an individual or departmental level—were expected to work from the office, even as colleagues remained productive from home. Now, as return-to-office plans swiftly mature, questions over who can or cannot work remotely is an important consideration for senior leaders. This conversation offers a frank assessment of new workplace dynamics and social strata. How can firm leaders ensure equity around core concepts such as attendance, promotions, or flexible arrangements?

3:45PM ET Break
4:00 PM ET “Firm & Constant”: Supporting Professional Staff Development Across the Firm

In the legal profession, firmwide coaching and professional development programs almost always cater to legal personnel. But as client expectations and evolving notions of “value” continue to span core business functions such as technology, finance, project management, or marketing, the need for more formal coaching and training of professional staff is a top priority. What actions are firms taking to develop world-class business talent? What creative measures are in place to attract and retain professional staff? What does compensation look like for top performers? Join us as our distinguished panel opines.

5:00PM ET Conclusion

The New York Marriott Downtown

85 West Street (at Albany St.)
New York, NY 10006

Thomson Reuters has negotiated a special room block rate of $389/night plus taxes for the dates of Tuesday (10/25/22) through Friday (10/28/22).

Interested parties may book through the following reservation link:

Online Reservations

Please be advised, our reservation cutoff date is TuesdayOctober 4, 2022.

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