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Workplans & Designing and Managing Projects

 Registration is closed for this event

Work Plans
11 am - 12:45 pm EST  

Designing and Managing Projects
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm EST

June 18

This supervising legal work event is currently limited to individuals who had registered for our event in Indianapolis that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. This is our first attempt at moving portions of the event online. If successful, we hope to present additional opportunities for this training more broadly. Please keep an eye on the MIE website for more information.

For those who were registered for Indianapolis, we are presenting this opportunity at no charge for the first 12 people who register. In return, we'll ask for your thoughtful feedback on the format used and content presented.

The format will be a 45-55 minute full group introduction to the topic, followed by small group exercises facilitated by an experienced supervisor. We'll divide into two groups which will be facilitated by Brandon Lawrence from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and Reenie Terjak from Colorado Legal Services

11:00 am - 12:45 pm 

Workplans are simple and useful tools for supervisors. They help us to accomplish top priority work. They also help us to manage time more effectively. When used with supervisees, workplans have an additional value: they clearly articulate job expectations.

This session explores the strengths of workplans. It provides an opportunity for participants to look at their own use of time and to define improvements that will promote their success in their work. The session also introduces a basic method for developing a workplan and guides participants through the preparation of a workplan draft.  

Participants will learn to: 
  • use workplans to strengthen effectiveness 
  • analyze time‐use to promote better job performance 
  • create workplans for use “back at the office” 
Project Management
1:30 - 3:15 pm

As supervisors, our jobs often involve more than representing individual clients. Project Management skills can help us to become more effective in our work. These are not skills that we learned in law school, but they are important and easy to master. 

Want to modify a system to make your unit run better?   
Take on a major advocacy project?  
Develop a training?  
Institute a case handling protocol?  
Draft community education materials?  
Develop intake priorities?   
Start a community‐based coalition? 

Once project management skills are in our repetoire, we can undertake new and more ambitious work with greater confidence. We can also manage ongoing work more successfully. This session introduces the basic elements of legal services project management. Participants will practice the fundamentals by applying skills to their own work.    

Participants will learn how to: 
  • identify core elements that define a project 
  • set concrete and achievable project goals 
  • build a strong project team 
  • create a project plan 
  • plan for efficient project management
For questions contact:
Eric Mittelstadt
Director of Programs
June 18th, 2020 11:00 AM through  3:15 PM