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Carrie Fletcher named executive director of HLS Executive Education

Carrie Fletcher named executive director of HLS Executive Education

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Carrie Fletcher has been appointed as the new executive director of Harvard Law School Executive Education, where she works with faculty and an administrative team to develop leadership programs that serve law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders, and general counsel from across the globe.

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CLP Affiliate presentation featured in video of Brookings Institute/Oxford University conference

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why corporate lawyers in Big law Firms should care about their colleagues? Lionel Paolella presented his paper “Category inferences and reputation spillovers in international legal services market” at the Novak Druce Annual Conference on Professional Service Firms, 7 August 2014 at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. In his study, Lionel Paolella explores how and why […]

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Heidi Gardner to present at Novak Druce seminar series, 1/27

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Heidi Gardner, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Distinguished Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession will give a talk on her research looking at “Collaboration among highly autonomous professionals: Costs, benefits and promising directions for future research.”    

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Westfahl and Gardner featured in Law360

Friday, January 9, 2015

While a student at Harvard Law School, Eva Hibnick took business and marketing electives at Harvard Business School and MIT. However, it wasn’t until a couple of years later, when she left a big law firm to join a startup, that she realized how important personal branding, networking and marketing were. “As a junior lawyer, I had zero LinkedIn connections,” Hibnick says. “After one year in the startup world, I had over a thousand. “As a law student, you don’t quite comprehend that there’s a whole business side of being a lawyer,” adds Hibnick, who now runs ONE400, a digital agency that helps lawyers with marketing and growth. “Law schools should help students understand the importance of networking, marketing, cultivating clients and business development.”

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Canadian Lawyer discusses “Ethical lawyering in the 21st century”

Canadian Lawyer discusses “Ethical lawyering in the 21st century”

Monday, December 29, 2014

I recently received from Ben Heineman, GE’s former senior vice president and general counsel, a thought-provoking article that contained this sobering observation. In the article, Ben and his co-authors, William F. Lee and David Wilkins, assert that “the ethical dimensions of lawyering for this era must be given equal attention to — and must be highlighted and integrated with — the significant economic, political, and cultural changes affecting major legal institutions and the people and institutions lawyers serve.”

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CLP Affiliated Fellow featured in Times of India article

Saturday, December 6, 2014

MUMBAI: Lobbying – once commonly associated with bribes and scandals – has got a face-lift. Post liberalization, and especially over the past few years, professionals such as lawyers, chartered accountants and other specialists have been playing an increasing role in policy formulation in various capacities. Professionals are co-opted as members of various committees set up by regulators or ministries and voluntarily give their inputs when comments are invited from stakeholders on discussion papers.

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Boston Business Journal highlights CLP’s The Practice

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It’s not as if lawyers are lacking industry publications to read, but the folks at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession say its new digital magazine offers something different. Called The Practice (wasn’t that a television show – about doctors?), the digital magazine launched in November and a new issue will post every two months. What makes it different than other legal publications is that the articles are based on the center’s empirical research, Bryon Fong, The Practice’s managing editor, told me.

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HLS Coverage – “At the Center of the Profession”

Monday, November 24, 2014

The legal profession is going through dramatic change, affected by factors ranging from globalization to new technology to a fragile economic recovery. And a Harvard Law School institution dedicated to studying the profession is undergoing its own big change. In September, the Program on the Legal Profession became the Center on the Legal Profession, reflecting its broader scope and reach.

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Professionalism Essay Now Available for Download

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A joint collaboration between leading thinkers from multiple sides of the legal profession: Professor David B. Wilkins (Harvard Law School), Mr. Ben W. Heineman, Jr. (CLP Distinguished Senior Fellow and former General Counsel of General Electric) and Mr. William Lee (Partner, WilmerHale). The essay lays out their vision of lawyers as professionals and citizens in the 21st century.

Read the press release here!

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CLP Awarded Grant from Harvard China Fund

Saturday, November 1, 2014

CLP Faculty Director Professor David B. Wilkins was recently awarded major grant from the Harvard China Fund to host a conference in at the Harvard Center Shanghai as part of CLP’s ongoing Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economy (GLEE) research project. The conference, which will take place in the late summer of 2015, will present the […]

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