Reimagining Recruiting: A Design Thinking Workshop and #NALPathon

On March 14-15, 2019, 75 people gathered at Fish & Richardson at the beautiful DC Wharf for the first-ever NALP Reimagining Recruiting: A Design Thinking Workshop and #NALPathon. Among the attendees were NALP members, outside experts, and law students from around the country who came together to learn the principles of design thinking and apply those principles to real life recruiting dilemmas in an 8-team hackathon. The result was chaotic, insightful, educational, and rewarding. The 8 teams came up with creative and innovative solutions to some of our most perplexing issues in entry-level hiring and had a great time in the process. The results are outlined below. (Note that all solutions are just ideas! No actual products were created.)


The Faculty

Our facilitator and design thinking trainer was Erin Walczewski, a Lecturer on Law on the faculty of Harvard Law School who co-teaches an upper-level class on innovation. Erin serves as pro bono counsel for Cooley LLP, focusing on nonprofit counseling and low-income entrepreneurs. She started her legal career as a transactional attorney helping entrepreneurs start new businesses and helping venture capitalists invest in them. She earned her JD from Harvard Law School and graduated valedictorian from Truman State University. She served as the director of the Kirkland Pre-Law Program at Harvard College 2008 to 2018. She teaches negotiation, innovation, problem-solving, and advocacy and is a frequent public speaker and presenter.


The Prompts

Teams selected from a list of prompts such as "Making the Perfect Match" and "Keeping Summer Programs Relevant."
See the full list of prompts here.


The Teams

Blue Team – 1st place winnerTopic: No GPA? No Problem!

Burgundy Team – 2nd place winnerTopic: On-Campus Interviews

Orange Team – 3rd place winnerTopic: Making the Perfect Match

Gray TeamTopic: Keeping Summer Programs Relevant

Red TeamTopic: Focusing on Wellness and Well-Being

Purple TeamTopic: Engaging 1Ls

Yellow TeamTopic: The Callback Interview Process

Green TeamTopic: Diversity Among Lawyers and Law Students


The Results

Overview video

Watch the video highlight reel here

Want to see the full videos? Go here.


What Is Design Thinking?

Review this video and article for a basic understanding of the design thinking process:


If you have additional questions, contact Mary Beal at mbeal@nalp.org

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