International Lawyers Talking at Warp Speed

Imagine a room full of international lawyers–all talking at warp speed.

That’s what I saw today when I moderated a speed networking session for the ABA’s Section of International Law at its Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The brainchild of talented international trade lawyer Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, the session was so successful that it will be repeated at the fall meeting in Miami.

During 10-minute chats, pairs of international lawyers–young and old alike–made new contacts, traded career tips, and–most important–agreed to connect later. The pairs of lawyers didn’t just trade business cards; rather, they made meaningful (albeit brief) connections, bolstered by commitments to follow up again. This happened over and over again during the session–so much that some lawyers felt hoarse from all of the talking.

The speed networking also made the afternoon’s cocktail reception much more successful: the ice had already been broken.

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