In the News

Ben W. Heineman, Jr. in CFO Magazine

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

A recent article in CFO Magazine on, “Managing Legal Risks Without a General Counsel,” drew on a 2016 article for Harvard Business Review authored by Ben W. Heineman, Jr. Quoting Heineman, the author Andy Brownstein says, “The CFO-GC alliance has always been important because the finance function and the legal function are truly the nervous system of the […]


John Coates on SPAC Myths in Law360

Monday, March 14, 2022

John Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School and CLP affiliate, gave an interview to Law360 recently about his belief that “regulators [should] be more forthright in debunking legal myths that he argues contributed to the boom in special purpose acquisition companies,” the article notes. The interview builds […]


Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen receives NSF grant to study diversity and networking in law school

Friday, March 11, 2022

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, assistant professor of law and co-director of the Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession at the UCI School of Law, is the first full-time UCI Law faculty member to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. They will be the principal investigator of a team awarded a $511,230 NSF grant […]


Heidi K. Gardner in Harvard Business Review on Leadership and Compassion

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

On February 16, 2021, CLP Distinguished Fellow Heidi K. Gardner and Mark Mortenson published a piece in Harvard Business Review, “Leaders Don’t Have to Choose Between Compassion and Performance.” Gardner and Mortenson write: We’re experiencing extreme demands for compassion at a time when there’s no room for compromising on outcomes. As a result, many leaders have […]


David B. Wilkins Delivers Keynote at Thomson Reuters & Westlaw Japan Conference

Monday, February 14, 2022

In a half-day virtual program, Professor David B. Wilkins, CLP Faculty Director, delivered a keynote, Reimagining Lawyering in the Global Legal Services Market Post COVID-19, about the changes that are transforming the market for legal services, how these changes are being accelerated in the wake of the events of the past year, and how lawyers […]


Student Fellow Documents Harvard Law School’s Native American Graduates

Monday, February 7, 2022

In her research project, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession Student Fellow Sarah Sadlier endeavors to name Native American Harvard Law School alumni, describe their educational experiences, and chart their career trajectories, in order to recognize their achievements and ensure the experiences and accounts of Native law school graduates do not remain invisible. […]


David Wilkins on Cooley-Elon Musk Clash in Law 360

Friday, January 21, 2022

David Wilkins, CLP Faculty Director, weighed in on the recent clash between Elon Musk and Cooley. When Musk asked Cooley to fire an associate who had previously been involved in an SEC investigation of Musk, Cooley refused, illustrating a high bar of professional ethical duty law firms should have toward their lawyers, especially younger attorneys […]


Robert Couture Cited on Big Four’s Legal and Business Strategy

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A January 18, 2022 article titled, “You’ve Been Thinking About The Big Four All Wrong,” on cited CLP fellow Bob Couture’s research on the Big Four. Couture previously “interviewed 20 senior leaders at the Global 100 firms about what they knew about and how they were responding to the Big Four,” the articles states. […]


Disney Hires Spotify’s Horacio Gutierrez as General Counsel and Secretary

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

As reported by several news outlets, CLP board member Horacio Gutierrez, currently chief legal officer and head of global affairs at Spotify, will be joining the Walt Disney Company in February as senior executive VP, general counsel and secretary. Are reported in Variety, “In the role, Gutierrez will serve as the chief legal officer of the Walt […]


Can You Change How Lawyers Think and Work? Inside LawWithoutWalls’ International Initiative

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

“[Center on the Legal Profession Fellow] Michele DeStefano is trying to fundamentally change the way lawyers think and work, and she’s tackling the challenge globally.” covered her initiative, LawWithoutWalls, which “from Australia, Iceland, South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom and beyond, [aims to enable] law students, business leaders and law firm partners […]