Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms – What’s new, What’s different and What’s gone?

Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms - Terri Mottershead

The NSW Local Chapter of the Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia (CLEAA) are pleased to invite you to a lunchtime presentation by the current President of CLEAA, Terri Mottershead (see biography below) on:

Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms –
‘What’s new, what’s different and what’s gone?’

Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms - Terri MottersheadAre your talent management initiatives keeping pace with legal industry changes? This is the critical question for all TM professionals right now. We know much has changed – difference workforces, workplaces, workspaces – so, how are we identifying, meeting and supporting these changes?

In this lively lunchtime session, Terri will draw on her local and international experience, and encourage you to share, as she identifies and discusses emerging best practices in innovating talent management in law firms including the role of talent management as a change agent; the importance of empirically based decision making; millennial leadership skill development; recruitment versus returnships; retention; new approaches to performance management, compensation and rewards; career development (mentoring and coaching versus sponsorship); employee engagement; and baby boomer succession planning.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 between 12.30-2.00pm at the NSW College of Law, Level 16, St James Centre, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney. Lunch will be provided.

This will be a great opportunity to mingle and network with colleagues working in a diverse cross-section of the legal community, including learning and professional development, talent management, organisational development and human resources.

This event is kindly being supported by the NSW College of Law and the Centre for Legal Innovation.

Please RSVP by email to Hannah Craig by Wednesday, 26 April 2017 and let us know of any dietary requirements you may have.

As was indicated in the February 2017 CLEAA Newsletter, we are planning to host a number of events in 2017 in Sydney and other States via several different formats so please come along, get involved, suggest speakers/facilitators and bring your colleagues and friends.

Please also save the date for the 2017 CLEAA Conference  in Sydney at the College of Law on Thursday, 12 October 2017. We also note that the International Bar Association’s Academic Forum will take place on Friday, 13 October 2017 at the same venue and this will provide a unique opportunity to mingle and network with international legal educators.  CLEAA is in close communication with the Academic Forum’s organisers and more information about the Conference and the Forum will be available closer to the dates and on our website and social media channels; LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (CLEAATalk).


CLEAA NSW Local Chapter representatives:

Jan Christieemail

Simone Dixonemail

Annie Fenwickeemail


Terri Mottershead – email

As the Principal of Mottershead Consulting – Change and Talent Development Strategists – Terri works internationally with leaders of law firms, legal associations, law schools, and lawyers, supporting their transition to, and building a pipeline of exceptional talent for, new law.  She has been a thought leader and innovator in legal strategic talent management and development for more than 15 years. Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management departments for the largest global law firms and legal associations in the world as well as in Asia and the US. She is the current President of the Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia.

Terri is a frequent keynote speaker at legal industry events and contributes regularly to publications on the future of legal profession, practical legal education and law firm talent management. Terri acted as the general editor/contributing author for “The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management in Law Firms” (West, 2010) and “Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms” (NALP, 2016).

Terri’s work at the forefront of legal innovation was recently recognised with her appointment as the founding Director of the newly created Centre for Legal Innovation (CLI) at the College of Law (Australia, New Zealand and Asia).  The CLI provides thought leadership, practical research and opportunities for collaboration to support legal professionals as they navigate the disruption and new technologies transforming the industry.