Events Archive

CLP events include our weekly Speaker Series, major domestic and international conferences, panel discussions, academic workshops, banquets and a number of other ad-hoc gatherings. Through our various events, we aim to engage both practitioners and leading legal scholars in a way that helps narrow the gap between the practice of law and the academy. Though CLP often organizes and financially supports its own events, we constantly explore and remain open to sponsorship and cosponsorship opportunities wherever possible and appropriate.

In addition to hosting such events, we make an attempt at each event to capture the discussions on video for future enjoyment as well as for those who were unable to attend. A link to the available videos will provided for those events listed below.

If you would like to learn more about our CLP Events or would be interested in presenting on a mission-central topic in one of our weekly Speaker Series event, please feel free to contact our Administrative Director, Catherine Flynn.

ACADEMIC YEAR: 2013-2014

Spring 2013

My Fight for a New Taiwan: One Woman’s Journey from Prison to PowerTuesday, April 22, 201412:00 – 1:00 PMAustin Hall, Morgan CourtroomKeynote Speakers:Hsiu-lien Lu, Former Vice President of TaiwanRead Hsiu-lien Lu’s summary of her new book – My Fight for a New Taiwan

Global Pro Bono Conference

Friday, April 18, 2014

1:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B, 2nd Floor

Harvard Law School

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India, Intercountry Parental Child Removal and the Law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall, B015

Keynote Speaker:

Ranjit Malhotra, Attorney at Law, Malhotra & Malhotra Associates

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Not in My School: The Conflict between Law and Religion From the Eyes of Religious Educators

A PLP and SERG Paper Presentation

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall, B015

Keynote Speaker:

Netta Corren, LLM Class of 2013, SJD Candidate

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After Judgement Day: The Indian Supreme Court’s Quest for Justice for the 2002 Gujarat Riot Victims

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall, B015

Keynote Speaker:

Vinay Sitapati, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Politics, Princeton University.

Legal Services in Silicon Valley: How Law Firms Compete at the Cutting Edge of Technology

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall, B015

Keynote Speaker:

Joe Macrae, CEO Mlegal Consulting
Daren Wein, Partner, General Counsel

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Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services

Thursday, March 6, 2014

10:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom

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Keynote Speakers:

Clayton Christensen, Professor of Business Administration, HBS

Chris Kenny, Chief Executive, Legal Services Board

William Hubbard, Incoming President of the American Bar Association

Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Thriving as a New Lawyer

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 PM

WCC 1010

Keynote Speaker:

Grover Cleveland, Attorney at Law

The Legal Profession: What is Wrong and How to Fix it

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 PM

WCC 3019

Keynote Speaker:

Sheldon Krantz, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

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The Life and Work of a US Ambassador under the Obama AdministrationTuesday, February 18, 201412:00 – 1:00 PMWasserstein Hall, B015Keynote Speaker:Barry White, U.S. Ambassador to Norway

Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies: The Indian Legal Profession

Friday, February 14, 2014

4:00 PM    Light Reception to Follow

WCC Milstein West AB

Keynote Speakers:

David Wilkins, HLS Faculty Director, Program on the Legal Profession

Vikramaditya Khanna, Professor of Law, University of Michigan

Nick Robinson, Senior Fellow, Program on the Legal Profession

Mark Wu, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School



Africa’s Emerging Energy Economy: The American Lawyer’s Role
Tuesday, February 4, 201412:00 – 1:00 PMWCC Milstein West ABKeynote Speakers:Sean Long, CEO, Endeavor EnergyAhmed El-Gaili, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP, United Arab EmiratesDavid Wilkins, HLS Faculty Director, Program on the Legal ProfessionModerated by: Trey Grayson, Director, Harvard’s Institute of PoliticsWatch Video >

Fall 2013


SPEAKER SERIES: December 5

India’s Challenges for Globalizing Legal Education: Role of Faculty, Research in Institution Building

C. Raj Kumar
Vice-Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University

12pm, Wasserstein Hall B015, Harvard Law School

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SPEAKER SERIES: December 3
Lawyering for the Commons: Forum-Shifting and the Public Interest in the Global Intellectual Property Regime
Adriana Benedict
PLP Public Interest Grant Recipient

12pm, Wasserstein Hall B015, Harvard Law School

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SPEAKER SERIES: November 19

Beyond BigLaw: A New Model Option for Entrepreneurial Attorneys

Marlene Laro & Ben Lieber
Potomac Law Group

12pm, Wasserstein Hall B015, Harvard Law School

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SPECIAL EVENT: November 13
JD’s, Journalism and Justice: What Lawyers Can Accomplish Outside the Courtroom

Erin Moriarty
Correspondent, 48 Hours

4pm-6pm, Wasserstein Hall 2009, Harvard Law School

Late yesterday Ryan Ferguson, the Missouri man wrongfully accused and jailed 10 years for murder  was released from jail. This is a story in which Erin Moriarty has been involved from the start and as a result today’s event has been canceled. Erin is on site interviewing Mr. Ferguson and his family in preparation for the final chapter of this story for 48 Hours and sends her regrets.

We will be rescheduling this event for the Spring, so stay tuned for updates on that and our other exciting events.

For more information on the release of Ryan Ferguson, you can read about it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57612048-504083/ryan-ferguson-update-mo-man-jailed-for-nearly-10-years-released/

SPEAKER SERIES: November 12

Power to the People: Life as the GC of Regulated Utility

Colin Owyang
EVP of Regulation & General Counsel, National Grid USA

12pm, Wasserstein Hall B015, Harvard Law School

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SPEAKER SERIES: October 29

Convergence: Growing Dissatisfaction with the Law Firm Model and the Rise of Alternatives

Michael Moradzadeh & Yaacov P. Silberman
Managing Partners of Rimon, P.C.

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SPECIAL EVENT: October 16

Program on the Legal Profession Open House



SPECIAL EVENT: October 9

IBA 2013 Annual Conference Event: BIC Showcase

Preparing for the Future — Changes in Structures, Technology & Regulation

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SPEAKER SERIES: October 8

Public Interest Litigation: Boon to the Indian Public

Pravin Parekh
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
President, Supreme Court Bar Association

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SPEAKER SERIES: October 1

Democracy and Due Process: Leveraging the Law for a Just Outcome

Gopal Subramanium
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Former Solicitor General of India

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SPEAKER SERIES: September 16

Compulsory License and Access to Medicines:
The Indian Experience to Date

V. Lakshmikumaran
Founder & Managing Partner, Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan, Attorneys

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SPECIAL EVENT: August 8

US Senator Richard Blumenthal: Reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

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ACADEMIC YEAR: 2012-2013

Spring 2013

SPECIAL STUDENT EVENT: April 16

Interning in India: Student Experiences


SPEAKER SERIES: April 9

Identifying Superstar Talents: A New Model for Law Firm Success

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SPECIAL STUDENT EVENT: April 4

Ready, Set, Go: Prepare for Summer Success!



SPEAKER SERIES: April 2

Why is Harvard #1? Governance and the Dominance of US Universities

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SPEAKER SERIES: March 25

Thinking Like a Public Interest Lawyer: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy

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SPEAKER SERIES: March 5

How the Yelp-ification of the Legal Industry is Unseating BigLaw

 

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SPEAKER SERIES: February 26

Representing Asylum-Seekers: Comparing Lawyers’ Use of Human Rights Treaties
in the US, Canada, and the UK

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SPEAKER SERIES: February 19

A Passage to India? Globalizaiton of the Indian Legal Profession and the “Foreign Entry” Debate

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SPEAKER SERIES: February 12

Book of Business: Realities of Law Firm Rainmaking

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Fall 2012

CONFERENCE: December 11
The Future of Corporate Business in India and the Role of the Legal Profession

Hyderabad, India
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SPECIAL EVENT: November 29

Nourishing a Legal Career in Life Sciences

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SPEAKER SERIES: November 20

The Age of Disruption: Technology, Millennials & Legal Training

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SPEAKER SERIES: November 13

Beyond Benchmarking: How Should Law and Corporate Compliance Intersect?

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SPEAKER SERIES: November 6

Repeat Players: Do Solicitor General Office Alumni Dominate the Supreme Court Bar?

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SPEAKER SERIES: October 23

Nonprofit Boards: Opportunities and Challenges for Lawyers and Law Students

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SPEAKER SERIES: October 11

Challenges of the General Counsel Abroad: Focus on Brazil

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SPECIAL EVENT: October 3

Now More than Ever: Marshaling Pro Bono Resources for People in Poverty

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INFO SESSION: September 25

Interning in India: An Information Session on the HLS Winter Session India Internship



SPEAKER SERIES: September 18

Peripatetic Reflections: Government, Academia and Boutique Law Practice

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SPEAKER SERIES: September 11

Brave New World: Could Structural Changes Improve Placement of JD Graduates?

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ACADEMIC YEAR: 2011-2012

Spring 2012

SPECIAL STUDENT EVENT: April 19

Ready, Set, Go! Preparing for Summer Success

 


FLAGSHIP CONFERENCE: April 12-14

Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies

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INFORMATION SESSION: April 10

Interning in India: Research and Experiences from the Linklaters Internship



SPEAKER SERIES: April 3

Bridging the Law/Tech Divide: Human Capital and Value Chain Evolution in IP Outsourcing

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SPEAKER SERIES: March 27

Launch Pad: Headline Data from the Harvard Law School Career Study

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SPECIAL CONFERENCE: March 23

Critical Lawyering: Bridging Theory and Practice for Social Change

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INFO SESSION: March 22

Summer Theory Institute Info Session



STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: March 20

The Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution Within the Indian Legal Community

Globalization and Pro Bono Legal Services in Brazil and Other Latin American Countries

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CONFERENCE: March 2-3

The Brazilian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization
(by invitation only at FGV Law School, Brazil)

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SPEAKER SERIES: February 28

The GC’s Role in Guiding a Public Company’s Reputation
in a Highly Regulated Global Business

 


SPECIAL EVENT: February 27

ABA President Bill Robinson:
The Real Cost of State Court Underfunding

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LECTURE: February 16

David Wilkins: Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies

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SPEAKER SERIES: February 14

So Near, But How Far Away: Opportunities and Challenges
in Canadian Law Firms

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SPEAKER SERIES: February 7

LPOs and Beyond: Innovating Past the Legal Services Maelstrom

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SPEAKER SERIES: January 30

Civility on the Battle Lines: How Talented Risk Taking Can Save Litigators and Their Craft

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SPEAKER SERIES: January 26

Bilateral Investment Treaties with India:
Practitioners’ Roles and Perspectives

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SPEAKER SERIES: January 11

China Solutions: Developing Legal and Operational Solutions in China

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Fall 2011

SPEAKER SERIES: December 6

Power of the Purse: How Corporate Procurement is Influencing Law Firm Selection

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CASE DEVELOPMENT EVENT: December 2

Thinking Differently: The Case Study Method and Its Relevance to Harvard Law School

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SPECIAL PANEL EVENT: November 29

Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies: Indian Perspectives

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SPEAKER SERIES: November 22

The Impact of Tort Reform on Attorneys and Litigants: Evidence from Texas

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SPECIAL STUDENT EVENT: November 21

India in the Brazilian Mirror: A Conversation with Professor Roberto Mangabeira Unger

 


WORKSHOP: November 11-12

Distance Learning in Legal Education

 


SPEAKER SERIES: November 10

Globalization of the Korean Legal Profession

 


SPEAKER SERIES: October 26

Law Firm Economics

 


SPEAKER SERIES, October 18

Making Rain: Two Perspectives on the Realities of Law Firm Business Development

 


SPEAKER SERIES, October 7

Globalization of Indian Law Firms: The Regulatory Dilemma


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CONFERENCE, October 10 (New Delhi)

The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

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INFORMATION SESSION, October 6

Harvard Law School India Internship Program

 


SPEAKER SERIES, October 4

Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Thriving in the First Two Years of Law Practice

Read a Harvard Law School article about this event


SPECIAL STUDENT EVENT, September 28

Leadership, Youth and Global Engagement: Insights from India’s 11th President

Read a Harvard Law School article about this event


SPEAKER SERIES, September 27

Loss Leaders: Predicting Success When Law Firms Go Abroad

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SPEAKER SERIES, September 20

Doing Good While Doing Well: How the Economics of Large Law Firms Allow Pro Bono to Thrive

 

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ACADEMIC YEAR: 2010-2011

Spring 2011

INTERNSHIP EVENT, April 19Interning in India: Research and Experiences from the LInklaters India Internship

SPEAKER SERIES, April 14

On a Nordic Track: How a Small-Market Elite Law Firm Competes with the Global 100 and Beyond

Jacob Bier
Partner and Vice-Chairman
Plesner


SPEAKER SERIES, April 8

Diplomats of the Public/Private Divide: The Pivotal Role of Lawyer-Executives in Navigating Financial Serivces Reform

Lewis B. Kaden
Vice Chairman
Citigroup

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SPEAKER SERIES, April 5

Transforming the Chinese Legal Profession: The Role of Recent Judicial Reform

LI Xueyao
Associate Professor of Law
KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


SPEAKER SERIES, March 29

Mentoring in the Legal Profession: Historical Practice and Future Promise

Cory Way
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession


INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP, March 25

Ready, Set, Go! Preparing for Summer Success

 


SPEAKER SERIES , March 21

Building a Better Legal Profession: New Law Firm Data for Students from Students

Kelli Newman
BBLP Campus Outreach Chair
Stanford Law School ’12


SPEAKER SERIES, March 8

Understanding Law Firm Economics
Arthur Greenberg

Chief Operating Officer
Goodwin Procter LLP

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SPEAKER SERIES, March 1

Fitting in by Standing Out: Inter-firm Mobility among International Law Firms in Hong Kong
Jeroen Kuilman

Professor
Department of Organization & Strategy
Tilburg University, The Netherlands

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SPEAKER SERIES, February 22

How Pro Bono Matters: Private Sector Lawyers as Guardians of Justice
Eleanor Smith

Partner & Pro Bono Chair, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
DC Bar Association Pro Bono Firm of the Year

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SPEAKER SERIES, February 15

The Indispensable Associate: What Law Firms Really Want

Werten Bellamy
President
Stakeholders, Inc.


SPEAKER SERIES, February 10:

As One: Harnessing New Research on Collective Leadership

Mehrdad Baghai
Managing Director, Alchemy Growth Partners
Former Co-Leader, Worldwide Growth Practice, McKinsey & Company

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SPEAKER SERIES, February 8:

Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies

Mihaela Papa
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession


SPEAKER SERIES, February 4, 2011:

New Lawyers for a New Millennium: How Ready Do Australian Law Graduates Feel?
Tony Foley
Associate Professor
Australia National University College of Law

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SPEAKER SERIES, January 27, 2011:

Line of Fire: On Being a ‘Fortune 10’ General Counsel

Stephen F. Gates
Special Counsel, Mayer Brown
Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ConocoPhilips
Advisory Board Member, HLS Program on the Legal Profession

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Fall 2010

SPEAKER SERIES : December 7, 2010Academic Integrity and Student Evaluation in Indian Law Schools

Jonathan Gingerich, JD’10
Student Empirical Research Fellow
Program on the Legal Profession

Watch video of this event; Read an article in India Law News based on Jonathan’s Research


SPEAKER SERIES : November 30, 2010

Evolving with the Chinese Legal Profession

Fengming Liu
Associate General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Senior Fellow, Program on the Legal Profession

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SPEAKER SERIES: November 9

Making Partner by 30: Entrepreneurship in a New Legal Landscape

Charlotte Houghteling
Partner
Harris, Cutler & Houghteling, LLP

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PLP STUDENT FELLOW PRESENTATION : October 26The Politics of Consciousness of the EU Legal Profession

Damjan Kukovec, PLP Harman Public Interest Grant


CHAIR LECTURE: October 19

Making Global Lawyers:
Legal Education, Legal Practice, and the Paradox of Professional Distinctiveness

David Wilkins
Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession
Director, Program on the Legal Profession
Lester Kissel Professor of Law

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SPEAKER SERIES: October 18

Responding to the Challenges of Corruption, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Reforms in Legal Education and the Establishment of India’s First Global Law School

Professor C. Raj Kumar
Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi

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CONFERENCE:October 15-16
Future Ed 2: Making Global Lawyers for the 21st Century

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PLP ROUNDTABLE: October 14

Law and Development in Brazil

Featuring:

Judith Tendler, Professor of Political Economy, MIT
“The Rule of Law, Economic Development, and Modernization of the State in Brazil: Lessons from Existing Experience for Policy and Practice”

Luciana Gross Cunha, FGV Law School, São Paulo
“Recent Research on the Judiciary in Brazil and the Role of the Brazilian Justice Council”

Fabio de Sá e Silva, IPEA Research Center, Brasilia and Northeastern University
“Law and Developmental Projects in Brazil: Problems, Solutions, and Directions for Future Research”

David Trubek, Professor of Law, Wisconsin
“The ABDI Law and Development Initiative and the FGV Conference on Law and Development in Brazil in Global Context”

Commentator: Ary Oswaldo Mattos Filho, Dean of FGV Law School, São Paulo


LUNCHTIME TALKS: October 6

Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Social Innovation in China

Bill Valentino
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bayer, Greater China
Adjunct Professor, Tsinghua University

International Legal Practice and the Chinese Legal Profession

Dr. Chen Ke
Partner, AllBright Law Offices, Shanghai


SPEAKER SERIES EVENT, October 5

Sink or Swim: The Realities of Big Law Business Development

Steve Epstein
Corporate Partner, Fried Frank

 


SPEAKER SERIES EVENT, September 27

Tugboat Leadership: How Lawyers are Uniquely Positioned to Bring the Ship into Port

Rich Baer
General Counsel, Qwest

 


SPEAKER SERIES EVENT, September 21:

ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative: Legal Profession Development in Emerging Economies

Hakim A. Lakhdar
Program Manager, HLS Program on the Legal Profession

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SPEAKER SERIES EVENT, September 14:

Madoff Litigation as a Business: The Real Scoop Behind the Mess

Chris Green
Partner, Ropes & Gray

 


BOOK EVENT, September 7

The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr

Ken Gormley
Dean and Professor of Law
Duquesne University School of Law

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EVENTS PRIOR TO FALL 2010

Spring 2010

PLP Student Fellow Colloquium
Tuesday, May 25, noon

Please join us for student fellow presentations from recipients of the PLP Sstudent Empirical Research Funding Grant and the Harman Public Interest Research Grant.

Structuring Mergers and Acquisitions: How a Deal Team Turns a Handshake into Transactions Steps
Deborah L. Paul
Partner, Tax
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Tuesday, April 20, noon

Deborah L. Paul specializes in the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs and financial instruments. Ms. Paul has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, oil and gas, food, defense and energy. She was elected Partner in 2000.

Ms. Paul received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989 and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1994.

Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Legal Profession
Brad Smith
General Counsel and Senior Vice President – Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Thursday, April 15, 5:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

The diversity of the legal profession continues to lag the diversity of the American population. Despite rising awareness of the issue over the last decade and even a number of well-intentioned efforts, progress has been slow. In this speech, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith will make the case for more rapid progress, outline the types of practical steps that are needed at law firms and companies, and speak to new initiatives across the legal profession to make the next decade more successful.

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s general counsel and senior vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company’s Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has just over 1,000 employees and is responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, and its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft’s corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer.

Since becoming general counsel in 2002, Smith has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments and with companies across the IT sector. He has helped spearhead the growth in the company’s intellectual property portfolio and the launch of global campaigns to bring enforcement actions against those engaged in software piracy and counterfeiting, malware, consumer fraud, and other digital crimes. As software has migrated online and into a computing “cloud,” one of LCA’s current principal goals is to help establish the legal foundation for this next generation of technology.

The Linklaters India Internship
Ashish Nanda
Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School
Wednesday, April 14, noon

Do Public Interest Lawyers in Ghana Need a Different Code?
Abdul Baasit Abdul Aziz
Harman Public Interest Research Grant Recipient, Harvard Law School
Monday, April 12, noon

Future Ed: New Business Models for U.S. and Global Legal Education
April 9-10, 2010
Center for Professional Values and Practice
Institute for Information Law and Policy
New York Law School

October 15-16, 2010
Program on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School

Got an idea about the future of U.S. legal education? Think it’s time to go clinical? Or global? Or virtual? Should law be combined with other fields of study at the graduate or undergraduate level?

There is no shortage of commentary about the challenges facing American law schools. Driven by the Carnegie Foundation’s highly critical 2007 report and the dramatic downturn in large firm associate hiring, law school deans and administrators are scrambling to predict the future and position themselves within a rapidly changing market. But what is the likely shape of the future market—or markets—for legal education? What are the most promising models for delivering education and training in those markets? And how do we get there from here?

New York Law School and Harvard Law School are hosting a year-long contest of ideas about legal education. The goal is to come up with operational alternatives to the traditional law school business model and to test new designs in multiple audiences of employers, practitioners, publishers, and regulators. The kickoff event is a two-day conference at New York Law School on April 9-10, 2010,  to identify problems, innovations and constraints, and to organize working groups to develop designs and strategies for implementation. Working groups will refine their ideas and reconvene for a second meeting at Harvard Law School on October 15-16, 2010. Final designs will be presented, with commentary, at New York Law School in April, 2011. Learn More!

Interested? Questions? Please email futureed@nyls.edu.

Ready, Set, Go: Preparing for Summer Success
Co-sponsored with the HLS Library, OPIA and OCS
Friday, April 9, 3:00 pm
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How to Succeed at Your Summer Public Interest Job
Lisa D. Williams, Associate Director, OPIA & Kirsten Bermingham, Program Coordinator, OPIA
Students are invited to this presentation by OPIA staff on how to prepare for and optimize their public interest summer internships. Topics will include ensuring you leave a good impression, receiving substantive assignments, networking, obtaining constructive feedback and good evaluations, and handling a job that is not meeting your expectations. We will be sharing tips for success passed on from public interest employers and HLS 2Ls and 3Ls.

Tackling that Baffling New Assignment
Sonya Rao, USAO, Boston (Civil Division) & Michael Beauvais, Partner, Ropes & Gray, Boston Office
The red light on your phone is on. A jumbled one minute voice mail from a senior attorney calling in during a break in the trial or board meeting. The choppy message is loaded with unfamiliar jargon, foreign names and novel concepts. Guidance on how to approach the assignment is virtually nil. How should an enterprising law clerk identify and fill in the missing information? Clarify the jargon and ambiguities? Resourcefully gather necessary facts? Identify the right people or team to work with? Formulate a confident but flexible action plan with the clock ticking? Senior attorneys from the public and private sectors will take turns sharing some pointers on what would truly impress.

Find out how to hit the ground running as you begin your summer or permanent job. Whether you are entering the public or private sector, employers are operating with fewer resources than ever with a constant eye on results. Find out how to prepare for your job through this substantive and informative program.

Students will have the opportunity to select up to three sessions offering practical tips on efficient legal research strategies in a variety of areas and offer other concrete strategies for success on the job including how to tackle a new assignment, interact with supervisors, obtaining constructive feedback and how to gain the most from your job opportunity.

One on One with the Everyday Advocate
Areva D. Martin, Esq. ’87
Attorney and Author
Tuesday, April 6, noon

Join award-winning attorney, author and television personality Areva D. Martin for a discussion on how to develop advocacy skills that will sustain and empower you, your clients and your community. Known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, as well as national stints on Fox News, NPR, and Court TV Radio Television, Areva Martin is one of television’s most in-demand legal experts/analysts. A quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women’s issues, this accomplished and multi-award winning lawyer, syndicated columnist, author and public speaker is also quoted and or featured on the pages of publications ranging from the Los Angeles Daily Journal to Cookie Magazine to Redbook and the LA Times. The founding and managing partner of Martin & Martin, LLP, Areva has built a reputation for ACTION. In addition to positioning her firm as one of the premier African-American female owned firms in LA, Areva has developed a multidisciplinary civil practice, which serves some of the nation’s top corporations, non-profit organizations, governmental entities and high net-worth individuals. She is also President and co-founder of Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN), a non-profit launched specifically to support families with special needs children.

In addition to being a sought after legal expert, Areva is also an inspiring author. Her second book, The Everyday Advocate, is scheduled for release by Penguin books in early 2010. Her first book, Journey to the Top, is a must-read for female professionals interested in achieving the ultimate career success. Areva graduated with honors from both the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School (Class of 1987). She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.

The Indeterminacy of International Humanitarian Law: Difficult Questions for Military Practitioners
Co-Sponsored with the Harvard International Law Society (ILS)
Wednesday, March 31, noon

Join us for a lunchtime chat with four experienced practitioners of IHL in a military setting. The panel will include Gabriella Blum (Israel Defense Force), Juan Gomez (Ministry of Defense, Colombia), Dale Stevens (Royal Australian Navy), and Andru Wall (Coalition Forces, Iraq). Drawing on their varied experience, they will address the practical ethical issues that arise on the contemporary battlefield when trying to apply IHL in good faith. Questions to follow.

Summer Theory Institute Information Session
This event is co-sponsored with OPIA
Friday, February 26, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pound 202
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Interested in participating in an exciting summer public interest workshop focused on social and critical theory? Come meet Nisha Agarwal ’06, co-founder of the Summer Theory Institute, to learn more about the program and how to apply.

The Summer Theory Institute is a weekly summer workshop that offers an opportunity for students to discuss larger theoretical concepts on public interest work outside of the work environment. The goal of this program is to enhance the student’s sense of the potential for intellectual rigor and personal fulfillment in public interest work. Nisha Agarwal ’06, staff attorney for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and former Skadden Fellow, will be on-hand to discuss the program’s exciting work and how students can get involved.

The Summer Institute is open to 1L and 2L students. No prior experience with social or critical theory is necessary to participate. Please note that the workshop takes place in New York City. Learn More Here!

The Future of Biglaw: A Debate on Lockstep
David Lat, Founder and Managing Editor, AboveTheLaw.com
Elie Mystal, Editor, AboveTheLaw.com

Tuesday, February 23, noon
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The Road Taken: The Graduate Law School of Korea
Kyong-Whan Ahn
Professor, Seoul National University
Friday, February 19, 3:30 pm
Suggested Reading

Kyong-Whan Ahn is currently teaching at the Seoul National University Law School. He served until July, 2009 as Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, appointed by the President of the Republic of Korea in October 2006. From March 2007 until his retirement from NHRIK , he was Deputy Chair at the International Co-ordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions—an association of national human rights institutions worldwide.

Kyong-Whan Ahn has taught in Seoul National Univeristy College of Law since 1987 and was College Dean in 2002 – 2004. He also taught as Visiting Professor at the Southern Illinois University Law School in 1996-1997 and as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Santa Clara University Law School in 2005. As legal scholar, he worked as the President of the Korean Constitutional Law Association (1999 – 2001) and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Law Institute (2003 – 2004). From 2003 through 2004, he served as Chairman at the Committee of Legal Policy of the Ministry of Justice  and University Reformation Committee of the Ministry of Education.

He holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University, an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.B. from Seoul National University. He was admitted to the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.

A Sociological Approach to Law Firm Market Position: Consequences for Openly Gay Attorney Disclosures
Damon Phillips
Professor of Organizations and Strategy, Chicago Booth School of Business
Thursday, February 11, 5:00 pm

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Managing a Team Through a Hostile Transaction: Oracle’s Acquisition of BEA Systems
James Cole, Jr.
Partner, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
Monday, January 11, noon

James Cole, Jr. joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1996 and was elected a partner in the Corporate Department in 2003. His practice focuses primarily on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities law matters. His practice has included initial public offerings, corporate governance and legal compliance. He has advised a broad range of public and private companies in a variety of industries involving transactions in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Argentina.


Fall 2009

Client Relationship Extension: How Partners Share Their Clients Following a Law Firm Merger
Forrest Briscoe
Assistant Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
Monday, November 23, 3:30 pm

The Seeds of Success: Early Assignment and Positive Career Outcomes for Associates Who Use Flexible-work Programs
Forrest Briscoe
Assistant Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
Tuesday, November 24, noon

Urban Cowboys: The Effect of Status, Norms, and Bureaucracy on Strategic Patenting in the Legal Services Sector
Stine Grodal
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Policy, Boston University School of Management
Wednesday, November 18, noon

Martha Stewart Sent Me… My Journey Back to HLS
Erik Ramanathan
Executive Director, PLP
Friday, November 13, 2009, noon

Uncovering the Minds of Clients – Do They Choose Law Firms Brands or the Individual Lawyer?
Silvia Hodges
Founder of Legal Marketing Italia; Faculty, Emerson College
Wednesday, October 14, noon

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Dr. Silvia Hodges specializes in international legal marketing. She founded Legal Marketing Italia and she is currently teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the department of marketing communications at Emerson College in Boston. For more information about her bio and research, please visit www.silviahodges.com.

 


Spring 2009

After the JD: International Conference on Research on Legal Careers in Transition
May 1-2, 2009

Scholars and practitioners agree that legal careers have changed dramatically over the last few decades. What is much less known is how careers have changed and to what extent traditional issues such as gender, race, law school status, and employment sector continue to structure the opportunities and experiences of young lawyers. The Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession organized an invited symposium to facilitate a dialogue on these important topics by bringing together scholars, educators, practitioners, and students from the US and around the world to discuss the latest empirical research on legal careers. Read More

PLP Book Event: Building a Better Legal Profession’s Guide to Law Firms
with Michele Landis Dauber
Stanford Law School
April 20, 2009
Harvard Law School

A law professor and a sociologist, Michele Landis Dauber has written highly original historical and sociological studies about the relationship between welfare programs and disaster relief programs in the formation of the modern American welfare state. She has focused her scholarship on aspects of the history of the New Deal and the fate of the legal doctrines and policies it created. She has also written about such varied topics as abortion clinic conflict, social security privatization, affirmative action, and the early history of administrative law during the War of 1812. In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Dauber is an officer and director of Building a Better Legal Profession, which was founded by Stanford Law students in 2007. The organization uses innovative data advocacy and Web-based social entrepreneurship strategies to mobilize market pressure for workplace reforms in large law firms, including better working conditions, work-life policies, and increased racial and gender diversity. Currently Professor Dauber teaches Law and Wikinomics, which studies this issue.

Building a Better Legal Profession is a national grassroots movement that seeks market-based workplace reforms in large private law firms. By publicizing firms’ self-reported data on billable hours, pro bono participation, and demographic diversity, the organization draws attention to the differences between these employers. Building a Better Legal Profession encourages those choosing between firms—students deciding who to work for after graduation, corporate clients deciding who to hire, and universities deciding who to allow on campus for interviews—to exercise their market power and engage only with the firms that demonstrate a genuine commitment to these issues. More Information

Business Development for Law Students and Recent Graduates
Jim Hassett, Founder and Principal, LegalBizDev
Mary Ellen DeWinter, Director of Practice Development, K&L Gates LLP
April 14, 2009

The panelists discussed:

  • How the economy is affecting business development in the legal profession
  • Tips and techniques for gaining long-term benefits for your legal career by building your personal network now
  • The most important business development skills you will need as a first year associate

Jim Hassett founded LegalBizDev (www.legalbizdev.com) to help lawyers develop new business more quickly by applying best practices from other law firms and from other professions.  Before he started working with lawyers, Jim had 20 years of experience as a sales trainer and consultant to companies from American Express to Zurich Financial Services.  Jim has published seven books (including Legal Business Development: A Step by Step Guide and The LegalBizDev Desk Reference) and more than seventy articles in publications ranging from the New York Times Magazine to Law Firm Inc. and Strategies: The Journal of Legal Marketing. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University. His blog (www.jimhassett.com) was selected by TechnoLawyer as one of “the most influential legal blogs.” Jim’s most recent publication is The LegalBizDev Success Kit a multimedia reference tool that helps lawyers develop new business more efficiently.

Mary Ellen DeWinter is the Director of Practice Development at K&L Gates LLP (www.klgates.com), a firm with 1900 attorneys in 32 offices located on three continents. As the liaison between the firm’s Practice Area Leaders and the Marketing Department, she is responsible for the coordination and execution of strategic firmwide practice development initiatives. Mary Ellen also leads a team of 14 Business Development Managers who support practice groups with specific plans to strengthen relationships with target clients, organize client teams and conduct competitive research. Mary Ellen has over twenty years of experience in business development, marketing, sales coaching and training, and client relationship management. In addition to her experience at law firms, she has held a variety of strategic planning and business development roles within the financial services, technology and non-profit industries. She is a member of the Legal Marketing Association’s New England Chapter and is active in a number of other industry marketing organizations.

Interning in India: A Seminar on the McDermott Will & Emery Internship in India
Sponsored by Professor Ashish Nanda
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, noon

Students from the Winter Term 2009 internship will discuss their experiences and opinions on interning at prominent Indian Firms: Amarchand Mangaldas, ARA Law, Majmudar & Co, and Nishith Desai Associates. Special thanks will be given to McDermott Will & Emery for its support of this program. A question and answer session will follow. This seminar is open to all, particularly to students with an interest in learning about future private sector opportunities in India. Lunch will be provided.

Advocating for International Disability Human Rights
by Michael Stein, Harvard Project on Disability
March 31, 2009

Advocacy in the Court of Public Opinion: Broadening the Role of Corporate Attorneys
by Michele Beardslee
March 10, 2009

Read the Paper (forthcoming, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Fall 2009)
Read a Related Article quoting Michele Beardslee (Partner: Committee Now Vets Memos Knowing They Could Be Blogged, by Terry Carter, ABA Journal Online, March 4, 2009)

Regulating Law Firm Ethical Infrastructure: An Empirical Assessment of the Potential for Management-Based Regulation of Legal Practices
by Christine Elizabeth Parker, University of Melbourne Law School
February 3, 2009
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Fall 2008

Hari and Kumar go to HLS: The South Asian Graduate Experience at Harvard Law School
by Swethaa Ballakrishnen
December 4, 2008
University of Wisconsin Madison

The Role of Law in Developing and Transition Countries
by Swethaa Ballakrishnen
December 5-6, 2008
Global Legal Studies Center
University of Wisconsin Madison

Job Satisfaction and Mental Health: Trajectories of Female and Male Lawyers
Dr. Gabriele Plickert, PLP Research Fellow
December 2, 2008
Harvard Law School

Globalization of the Legal Profession
November 21, 2008
Harvard Law School

A joint regional event between the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession and the American Society of International Law

This one-day conference examined the globalization of the legal profession from multiple perspectives. Does international commerce or finance provide common ground for practitioners, for example, or is there broader commonality among counsel in other fields, such as human rights lawyers? Are common legal practices developing through efforts by certain states to develop the “rule of law” in other countries? What are the proper contours of a genuine debate over matters such as ensuring minimum standards of qualification, guarding domestic province from outside intervention, protecting clients and the public, the role of lawyers as aspect of national identity, and the like? What can we do—as international scholars, educators, and practitioners—to adapt to the rapidly-changing economic, social and political environment and prepare the next generation of lawyers—domestic and international—to meet the challenges that globalization will continue to present? Learn More.

Future Revenues in Law Firms
Dr. Peter Sherer, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
November 12, 2008

Lawyers in the Dock: Learning from Attorneys’ Disciplinary Proceedings
Professor Richard Abel, UCLA School of Law
November 5, 2008

Managing Professional and Personal Demands in a Law Firm
Dr. Spela Trefalt, Simmons School of Management
October 29, 2008

An Introduction to the Program on the Legal Profession
Professor David Wilkins, Faculty Director
Dr. David Nersessian, Executive Director
September 17, 2008

Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values
Professor Philippe Sands, QC
University College London
September 16, 2008
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The inaugural PLP Speaker Series event will featured Philippe Sands, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London.  Professor Sands will discussed his recent book Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values (Penguin, May 2008), with commentary by Professor Alan Dershowitz.

Philippe Sands joined the law faculty at University College London in January 2002. His teaching areas include public international law, the settlement of international disputes (including arbitration), and environmental and natural resources law.

Professor Sands is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently for leading newspapers. He is frequently invited to lecture around the world, and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (2005), the University of Melbourne (2005) and the Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne) (2006, 2007). He has previously held academic positions at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London, and University of Cambridge and was a Global Professor of Law at New York University from 1995-2003. He was co-founder of FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), and established the programs on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (Blackwell Press).

As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He frequently advises governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector on aspects of international law. In 2003 he was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel.

From the Torture Team publisher’s website:
On December 2, 2002 the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, signed his name at the bottom of a document that listed eighteen techniques of interrogation – techniques that defied international definitions of torture. The Rumsfeld Memo authorized the controversial interrogation practices that later migrated to Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, as part of the policy of extraordinary rendition.

From a behind-the-scenes vantage point, leading international lawyer Philippe Sands investigates how the Rumsfeld Memo set the stage for a divergence from the Geneva Convention and the Torture Convention and holds the individual gatekeepers in the Bush administration accountable for their failure to safeguard international law. The Torture Team delves deep into the Bush administration to reveal:

  • How the policy of abuse originated with Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, and was promoted by their most senior lawyers
  • Personal accounts, through interview, of those most closely involved in the decisions
  • How the Joint Chiefs and normal military decision-making processes were circumvented
  • How Fox TV’s 24 contributed to torture planning
  • How interrogation techniques were approved for use
  • How the new techniques were used on Mohammed Al Qahtani, alleged to be “the 20th hijacker”
  • How the senior lawyers who crafted the policy of abuse exposed themselves to the risk of war crimes charge

International Human Rights Litigation – An Overview
by David Nersessian
Federal Judicial Center 2008 National Workshop for District Judges
San Antonio, Texas
September, 2008

Why Culture Matters in International Instutions: The Marginality of Human Rights at the World Bank
by Galit Sarfaty
Conference on Empirical Legal Studies
Cornell Law School
September 12-13, 2008
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Spring 2008

Trial Skills for Everyday Life
by David Nersessian
Keynote Speech – Closing Ceremonies
Lead America Trial Advocacy Program
Bentley College, Waltham, MA
July 11-20, 2008

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International Law 101 for Federal Judges
by David Nersessian
Federal Judicial Center 2008 National Workshop for District Judges
Boston, Massachusetts
July, 2008

Legal Ethics Panel
with David Wilkins
Fordham Law School, New York
June 1-3, 2008

The Corporate Attorney-Client Privelege: Third Rate Doctrine for Third Party Consultants
a talk by Michele Beardslee, PLP Fellow
Friday, May 30, 2008
ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility
Boston

The Corporate Attorney-Client Privelege: Third Rate Doctrine for Third Party Consultants
by Michele Beardslee
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Law and Society Annual Conference
Montreal, Quebec

The Migration of Human Rights Norms from the Private Sector to the Public Sector
and
Why Culture Matters in International Institutions: The Marginality of Human Rights at the World Bank
by Galit Sarfaty
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
Montreal
May 29-June 1, 2008
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Legal Implications of the Treaty of Sèvres Under International Law
by David Nersessian
Armenian Bar Association Annual Meeting
New York City
May 2-4, 2008
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Yale Legal Theory Workshop
by David Wilkins
Yale Law School, New Haven
May 1, 2008
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The New Social Engineers? The Relevance of Charles Hamilton Houston’s Legacy for the Black Corporate Bar
by David Wilkins
Houston Forum Lecture
Amherst College, Massachusetts
April 30, 2008

Where Did All Those Management Consultants Come From?
A Short History of the World’s Newest Profession
Monday, April 21, 2008
Harvard Law School

The program will feature a presentation by Dr. Christopher McKenna, Reader in Business History and Strategy at the Clifford Chance Centre for the Management of Professional Service Firms at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.  Dr. McKenna will discuss his award winning book on the growth of the elite management consulting firms, The World’s Newest Profession, which received the 2004-06 Newcomen-Harvard Book Award by the Business History Review, was awarded the 2007 Hagley Prize by the Business History Conference, and was named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times.

About the Clifford Chance Centre:
Based at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, the Clifford Chance Centre is a hub for academic research into the management of professional service firms. Its members work closely with top practitioners to explore the key challenges confronting the professional services sector, conduct research into the internal and external dynamics of professional service firms, and provide a program of innovative teaching, based on research and with the collaboration of practitioners.  The Centre brings together theory and practice in order to:

    • Shape the field of professional service firms research and build a network for academic activity in this field.
    • Provide managers of top professional service firms with intellectually rigorous and empirically-based insights into the challenges they face.
    • Provide policy makers with cross-disciplinary perspectives on regulation of the professions, free from professional bias

The Corporate Attorney-Client Privelege: Third Rate Doctrine for Third Party Consultants
by Michele Beardslee
Wednesday, April 15, 2008
Harvard Law School

Why Culture Matters in International Institutions: The Marginality of Human Rights at the World Bank
by Galit Sarfaty
chosen in competition for presentation in a New Voices in International Law panel
American Society of International Law Annual Meeting
Washington, DC
April 9-12, 2008
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International Norm Diffusion in the Pimicikamak Cree Nation: A Model of Legal Mediation
by Galit Sarfaty
invited speaker at conference on “The Individual and Customary International Law Formation,”
Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
April 3-5, 2008

The Power of a Word – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a Path to Reconciliation
by David Nersessian
Denver, Colorado
April 2008

Current Legal Problems Lecture
by David Wilkins
March 18, 2008
University College London

Why Culture Matters in International Institutions
a talk by Galit Sarfaty, PLP Fellow
March 17, 2008
Harvard Law School

Amy Schulman read bio
guest speaker, Legal Profession
March 13, 2008

Toward a Joint Venture Model of the Attorney/Client Relationship Between Corporations and their Outside Counsel
by David Wilkins
March 12, 2008
Nichols Lecture
Stetson University

Practical Advice on Making Pro Bono Work
a panel discussion
March 5, 2008
Harvard Law School

Gregory M. Lipper, Associate, Covington & Burling LLP
Suma Nair, Associate, Goulston & Storrs
Steven Schulman, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP

After the J.D.: Preliminary Evidence from a Ten-Year Longitudinal Study of Lawyer Careers
by David Wilkins
Yale Law School
February 11, 2008
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On Being a Corporate Lawyer
a talk by John Coates
Monday, February 4, 2008
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2007

An Introduction to the Program on the Legal Profession
September 5, 2007
Harvard Law School

This event included presentations by Professors Wilkins and Nanda about the Program’s research initiatives and new course offerings.  Dr. Nersessian, the Program’s Executive Director, also briefed attendees on a new pilot program aimed at funding empirical student research on the legal profession, as well as the other ways in which HLS students could become involved with the Program and its work.

Leadership in Law Firms
May 20-25, 2007
Harvard Law School

Today’s large law firms face the challenge of being both high-quality professional service providers and large, complex businesses. Yet those who are asked to lead these institutions often have had little training in managing these complex tensions.  Leadership in Law Firms is an intensive five-day course designed to sharpen the leadership skills of managing partners, office heads and law firm practice leaders.

Participants in the 2007 offering included high-level managing partners and practice group leaders from law firms worldwide. More than a third of the participants came from outside the United States, including lawyers currently practicing in England, Ireland, Spain, Germany, China, Colombia, and Australia

The program included a comprehensive series of lectures, case studies, and small group discussions across 12-hour days. In an ongoing dialogue with the faculty, the 43 participants discussed the role of strategy in law firms, organizational culture, the changing needs of the marketplace, and recruitment and staff development. The course provided a unique opportunity for managing lawyers to engage with each other and discuss cutting-edge best practices and to learn new and better strategies for promoting, building, and leading their law firms into the rapidly-changing legal services environment.

The core program faculty included Professors Wilkins, Nanda, and Coates. Additional faculty perspectives were provided by Benjamin Heineman, the Program’s Senior Distinguished Fellow and former chief legal officer at General Electric, and Daniel DiPietro, a visiting faculty member who is the client head of the Law Firm Group at the Citigroup Private Bank.

Sloan Industry Studies Program Annual Meeting
April 25-27, 2007
Cambridge, MA
Program description and materials

 


2006

Jews and the Legal Profession
October 22-24, 2006
Cardozo Law School

The Program also co-sponsored this conference with the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Fordham Law School’s Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, and New York Law School’s Center for Professional Values and Practice. The program included scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as practitioners and advocates from around the world, reflecting upon and discussing the history and current standing of Jewish lawyers and the lessons the issues facing this community hold for the profession generally. Program Description and Materials

 


2005

Sloan Industry Studies Program Annual Meeting
December 14-16, 2005
Cambridge, MA
Program description and materials

 


2004

PLP Conference on the Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry
September 23, 2004

On September 23, 2004 the Program on the Legal Profession held its kickoff conference on the Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry. A number of leading general counsels, law firm partners, and academics were at hand for the conference. The first steps were laid down for the Program’s first project to examine how corporations purchase legal services. Among the questions investigated were the following:

  • How do companies determine which matters are sent to outside counsel, and at what level in the organization is this decision made (i.e. subordinate lawyers within the general counsels office, the general counsel, the CEO or others with line authority, the board)?
  • What leads firms to choose one firm over another for any given type of matter? Specifically, how important are factors such as firm reputation, lawyer reputation, pre-existing relationships, cost, experience, demographics, marketing, advertising, size, disciplinary scope, and geographic breadth?
  • How do companies go about gathering information on the factors they deem most important (i.e. market research, word of mouth, published sources, evaluating proposals, auditing)?
  • How often is the decision to retain a particular firm reviewed?
  • Is external regulation, either of the company or of law firms, a significant factor in purchasing decisions?

The conference closed with the presentation of three academic papers, which was followed by a dialogue in which expert lawyers practicing in the field provided commentary and additional perspectives on the matters raised in the academic papers:

Post-Siliconix Freeze-Outs: Theory & Evidence
Guhan Subramanian, Harvard Law School
Commentary by Robert Kindler, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.

Legal Advisors: Popularity Versus Economic Performance in Acquisitions
C.N.V. Krishnan, Case Western Reserve University
Paul Laux, University of Delaware
Commentary by Stephen Fraidin, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Innovation in Boilerplate Contracts: An Empirical Examination of Sovereign Bonds
Mitu Gulati, Georgetown University Law Center
Stephen Choi, University of California, Berkeley, Law School
Commentary by Lee Buchheit, Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton

James Cole, Jr. joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1996 and was elected a partner in the Corporate Department in 2003. His practice focuses primarily on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities law matters. His practice has included initial public offerings, corporate governance and legal compliance. He has advised a broad range of public and private companies in a variety of industries involving transactions in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Argentina.

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