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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles by Cohen Milstein partner and leadership coach Betsy Miller on cultivating leadership in the law.

The success of the legal profession depends on the talent of its people, yet its investment in that talent is alarmingly incomplete. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for leadership that is both immediate and requires ongoing investment.

Law firms focus heavily on developing such foundational legal skills as oral advocacy, depositions and brief-writing. With the support of early training followed by years of practice, senior attorneys master the craft of lawyering but arrive underprepared for the next career phase:  a very different set of responsibilities associated with leading teams, legal departments and entire firms. Yet, we expect lawyers to make this transition without teaching—or valuing—how to do it well.  

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