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Jack Welch and the Inside Counsel Revolution

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Jack Welch, GE’s legendary CEO, died last weekend. Lengthy obits about his business career followed. But few know of the vital role Jack played in the inside counsel revolution. Read the full article by Ben W. Heineman Jr., former general counsel of GE and CLP distinguished senior fellow, here.  

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Coronavirus Could Force Teams to Work Remotely

Thursday, March 5, 2020

An article by Heidi K. Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at the HLS Center on the Legal Profession, and Ivan Matviak With the growing threat of coronavirus hitting the United States full force, the prospect of having to work from home is becoming increasingly likely for a wide swath of workers. If that occurs, normal work patterns, […]

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David Wilkins and Bryon Fong Contribute to “Race, Work & Leadership”, Winner of Axiom Business Books Gold Award

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Race, Work & Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience won the Axiom Books Gold Award for business book of the year in the category of Minorities/Women in Business. The Center on the Legal Profession’s own David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director […]

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Announcing the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) Leadership Podcast Featuring David Wilkins

Announcing the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) Leadership Podcast Featuring David Wilkins

Thursday, February 6, 2020

We’ve heard the murmurs: “the legal profession is at the tipping point of dramatic change.” But are law students sufficiently equipped to succeed and avoid being blindsided in the face of such change? In this podcast, targeted at law and pre-law students, we seek out powerful ideas on how our generation of law students can […]

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In Memoriam: Clayton Christensen

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cambridge, MA — The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession is mourning the loss of Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen. Professor Christensen will be remembered for his career as a scholar, thought leader, and beloved teacher. Among his many scholarly contributions, Professor Christensen is perhaps best known for his is theory of […]

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CLP Distinguished Fellow Heidi Gardner on Succession Planning

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Part I Many of the largest and most profitable firms today have been built on the backs of entrepreneurial lawyers who prospered within a live-and-let-live culture that rewarded them handsomely for winning top client business. Those lawyers—often thriving on a sort of maverick persona—served as sole relationship partners for their clients, which typically accounted for […]

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Sandie Okoro Interview – Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Sandie Okoro Interview – Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8, 2019

Phenomenal Woman – Sandie Okoro. When Maya Angelou Wrote “Phenomenal Woman,” She Had Sandie in Mind “What is the point of an important job if you don’t do important work….” – Sandie Okoro On April 18, Sandie Okoro, the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of the World Bank will engage in a fireside chat […]

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Harvard Legal Technology Symposium Featured on Harvard Law Today

Monday, December 10, 2018

The inaugural Harvard Legal Technology Symposium – held November 5-9 on the Harvard Law School Campus – was recently featured on Harvard Law Today. The Symposium was spearheaded by the Harvard Association of Law and Business, and the Center on the Legal Profession was one of a number of collaborating groups that helped to put […]

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Prof. Laura Empson Shines Light on ‘Insecure Overachievers’ on BBC Radio

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Professor Laura Empson, of London’s Cass Business School and Senior Research Fellow of the Center on the Legal Profession, hears from current and former leaders in elite professional firms and financial institutions who pull back the curtain on a secretive world which tens of thousands of bright, eager graduates apply to join every year in the […]

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ABA Journal Features Center Research on Rise of the Big 4

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Center on the Legal Profession’s research on the rise of the big 4 accounting firms was cited in a recent article in the ABA Journal. The piece asks if major law firms should be worried about increasing competition from the big four accounting firms (Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCooper, Deloitte, KPMG) who have made strong […]

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