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2014 NALP ALI CLE Professional Development Institute

Working in Harmony: Professional Development and Business Development

12-05-2014

The 2014 Professional Development Institute is the “must-attend” conference for learning about current trends in lawyer professional development, exploring key issues facing the legal industry, hearing about proven programs to give your lawyers and law students the competitive edge they need, and gaining access to more than 300 law firm and law school PD contacts. If you are responsible for professional development in a law firm, law school, corporation, or government agency, the Professional Development Institute will equip you and your organization to stay ahead in today’s challenging environment.

Firms are always looking for ways to maximize the impact of their training initiatives, and everyone wants to grow their business. A select group of firms have found ways to accomplish both objectives by coordinating efforts between their professional development and business development teams. Jay Sullivan and Sean Romanoff will join a panel of experts to share examples of these initiatives that you can apply at your firm. They will help you develop your own outline for a persuasive talk to make the case for your initiatives during firm meetings.

  • Jay Sullivan

    Jay Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Exec-Comm, and leads the firm’s Law Firm Group. He is an award-winning author and columnist, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center. His book, Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond, was released by John Wiley & Sons in 2016.  As a contributing writer for Forbes.com, Jay brings relevant and timely advice on enhancing one’s communication skills to the business community.

    Whether working with groups or in one-on-one coaching arrangements Jay helps professionals have greater impact by teaching them to focus on the needs of their audiences. Jay works closely with the learning and development professionals at many global law firms and financial services firms to customize communication skills solutions.

    Jay joined Exec-Comm after nine years as a practicing attorney. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. That year, Jay was named among the first class of Skadden Fellows by the Skadden Foundation. As a Skadden Fellow, Jay acted as in-house legal counsel at Covenant House, a crisis shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers. Following his Fellowship, Jay spent seven years practicing insurance law on behalf of Lloyds of London.

    After graduating from Boston College in 1984, Jay spent two years in the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps, teaching English. His book about that experience, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, was named the 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association. Jay was a featured columnist on communication skills for the New York Law Journal, and has been published in Readers Digest, Catholic Digest, Parents Magazine, The Golfer, and The New York Times.

  • Sean Romanoff

    Sean is part of Exec-Comm's law firm practice and consults with a wide variety of clients. He works with industry leaders in insurance, professional services, and banking & finance. He specializes in presenting, writing, and building business relationships. Sean uses this expertise to help clients communicate more effectively by focusing on their audience. The goal is to help them deliver complex ideas clearly and with stronger presence so their messages have greater impact. As an active member of Exec-Comm's Marketing team, and as a Design team contributor, Sean is invested in the growing the firm's programs and reach.

    After working as an attorney in general practice, Sean taught writing and presentation courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also worked as a independent copywriter and marketing consultant where he helped organizations of all sizes communicate more authentically. As a freelance copywriter, he wrote for organizations like ADP, Pearson Education, and Seton Hall Law School.

    Sean earned his JD from Rutgers School of Law after receiving his BA with honors from the Ohio State University. When he's not helping clients, Sean enjoys his life-long passions of listening and learning. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife, son, daughter, and two dogs.

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