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Scott Westfahl    

Professor of Practice and Faculty Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School

Scott Westfahl is the Director of HLS Executive Education and also teaches courses on problem solving, teams, networks and innovation within the law school's J.D. curriculum.

As the Director of the Executive Education program, he leads the HLS effort to support and develop lawyers across the arc of their careers, particularly as they advance to new levels of leadership and responsibility. He oversees and teaches in Executive Education's core, global leadership programs for law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders, law firm associates and General Counsel. He also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments, and other legal-related organizations. He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership, motivation, and development of professionals, innovation and organizational alignment from a talent management and diversity and inclusion perspective.

Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm's Director of Professional Development.

In 2008, Professor Westfahl was chosen as one of Law Firm, Inc. magazine's five "Innovators of the Year" for his development of a cutting edge attorney assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties attorney work assignments to their professional development needs.

He is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).

Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He is also an experienced business and federal regulatory attorney, having practiced law with Foley & Lardner's Washington, D.C. office from 1988 to 1998.

Professor Westfahl earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1985.

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