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TED Talks exist to inspire individuals to go out and make a difference. Whether it’s in their life or the lives of others, hundreds of TED talks exist that cover practically every industry, and each of them is given by thought leaders and professionals from every industry and all walks of life. If you’re a legal professional looking for a fresh look on the industry, check out a few of these inspiring TED Talks.

Laws That Choke Creativity – Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a lawyer, activist, and founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices. Lawrence uses this talk to discuss how we can revive our creative culture, citing John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights, and the “ASCAP cartel”. Larry believes that the U.S. Congress is broken and it’s up to us as legal professionals to go out and fix it

Four Ways To Fix A Broken Legal System – Phillip K. Howard

Founder of the nonpartisan group Common Good, Phillip K. Howard is an attorney who is all about combatting a culture where people refrain from acting due to the fear of being sued. Howard believes that America has become a legal minefield, specifically for those in the education and healthcare industries, and has four ideas he chooses to share in this talk that all discuss how we can legalize law in the United States.

Let’s Simplify Legal Jargon – Alan Siegel

Alan Siegel is one of the world’s foremost branding experts and understands that legal jargon isn’t for the faint of heart. While we in the industry understand all of these different legal terms such as credit agreements, healthcare legislation, and tax forms, it’s important that everybody is able to grasp the topic, especially if these terms are being used in other industries. 

A Prosecutor’s Vision For A Better Justice System – Adam Foss

Adam Foss is an assistant district attorney in the Boston area and has a passion for transforming lives. In this TED Talk, Adam makes an argument that the way to better society as a whole is through empathy and compassion. Adam believes this change can start with prosecuting attorneys and how they approach crimes, especially those committed by kids.