• The PoLI Institute Curriculum: Immersions

    We're creating a rigorous series of Immersion experiences designed to empower legal professionals to successfully navigate the most dynamic aspects of innovation in legal services delivery and practice. Each Immersion module is an independent learning opportunity and may be combined in any combination of 6 Immersion courses to earn a Certificate in Law and Innovation.


    Learn more about Immersion courses open for registration.

    Human-Centered Design for Law

    August 10 - 11, 2019

    Over the course of the weekend, you'll learn and use human-centered design skills you can implement immediately, regardless of your role or organization type. This Immersion focuses on innovation as a design experience and is all about doing.


    This Immersion is designed for anyone interested in creating a human-centered method for legal services delivery, encompassing aspects of the legal landscape from the design of internal law firm business functions to the design of client-centered legal services that both create and deliver value intentionally and profitably.


    Co-facilitated by Cat Moon, PoLI's Director of Innovation Design and Tony Threatt, PhD, Human Centered Designer and Senior Product Manager for Vanderbilt Medical Center.



    Lawyer 2.0

    September 14 - 15, 2019

    Innovation is a human endeavor, first and foremost. As we innovate our technologies, our processes, and our delivery of services, the legal profession also must innovate with respect to its most valuable asset: our lawyers. This immersion provides attendees with the information and tools necessary to meet that challenge. You will develop an action plan to take back to your organization; a roadmap to ensure the human side of the practice receives the same kind of focused attention as the business side. Because our people are our business, in every way.


    Co-facilitated by Lisa Smith with Cat Moon and a team of mental health and well-being professionals.



    Legal Project Management 2.0

    September 28 - 29, 2019

    It seems everyone says they do it. Few really do. If you want to learn how to apply core project management process and tools in your work, join us for this entry- to mid-level Immersion.


    Students of this Immersion also qualify to receive certification as Legal Project Associates through the International Institute of Legal Project Management.


    Go HERE to learn more about the Project Management 2.0 Immersion. Registration is now open and will close on September 20, 2019.


    Facilitated by Larry Bridgesmith, JD LPP, and LPM Practitioners.


    Learn more and register.

    Legal Operations 2.0

    November 9 - 10, 2019

    Drawing upon multiple disciplines and functions, Legal Operations 2.0 offers a critical path to optimizing legal services delivery within a business or entity. This Immersion considers tools and best practices across the evolving legal landscape relevant both to legal departments and the outside counsel who support them.


    This Immersion is designed for in-house counsel seeking to create a legal ops function as well as support existing legal ops functions, and external firms who seek to better serve corporate and institutional clients by more fully understanding the business and operational needs of legal departments. Over the course of the immersion weekend, participants will create a customized Legal Operations Playbook.


    Co-facilitated by Susan Hackett, Cat Moon, along with a diverse group of practicing legal operations professionals including Marc Jenkins (Senior Counsel + Director of Legal Operations at Asurion), Lizzie Shilliam (Chief of Staff + Legal Operations at Vanderbilt OGC), and Kimberly Bell (Head of Legal Operations at Nissan).

    Leading Legal Innovation

    October 2019

    Innovate is an action verb. It's something we DO, not something we talk about in marketing collateral. This Immersion is all about understanding how innovation supports strategy, developing a regular innovation practice, and how this technique supports and fuels leadership in #NewLaw.


    This Immersion is designed for anyone who wishes to lead in legal innovation, regardless of experience, role, or organization.


    Co-facilitated by John Alber with Cat Moon, joined by leaders from across the legal spectrum.

    Building #NewLaw: Biz Dev 2.0

    November 2019

    What does effective business development look like in the evolving legal landscape? In this Immersion, students learn skills and tools from across professional services industries representing modern best practices. We're designing this course from the premise that building a sustainable legal business looks different in 2018 than it did in 2008 — and will require continuous innovation to succeed in 2028 in a landscape increasingly populated with alternatives (threats?) to traditional legal services.


    This Immersion explores modern legal services delivery models and business development tools and is designed for mid-career lawyers who seek to elevate their profile and practice as well as law firm leadership who seek to support meaningful business growth across their organization.

    Blockchain + Smart Contracts

    Q4 2019

    A 100-level course for legal professionals, this Immersion demystifies distributed ledger technology with a focus on what it is and its potential impact on both clients' industries and legal services delivery. Day 1 will focus on blockchain technology.


    Day 2 will focus on smart contracts, and building a smart contract will be part of the Immersion experience.


    This Immersion is designed for anyone serving clients in an industry that may be impacted by blockchain technology, anyone wanting to better understand and prepare for the impact on legal practice, and anyone seeking to better understand and learn how to create, facilitate, and support the use of smart contracts in legal services delivery.

    Data, Data Everywhere

    February 2020

    More information coming soon!