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CLP Advisory Board Member Brad Smith Visits HLS

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Center on the Legal Profession welcomed advisory board member and president of Microsoft Brad Smith to its offices on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. David B. Wilkins, CLP Faculty Director, showed Smith how both CLP and Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE) have been using the 10 Microsoft Surface Hubs and over 75 Surface Pros […]


Former Executive Director Nominated as Ambassador to Sweden

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Biden nominates longtime allies for 3 ambassadorships By Myah Ward, Politico | Sept. 22, 2021 “Biden nominated Erik Ramanathan to serve as ambassador to Sweden. Ramanathan is chair of the board of Heluna Health, a national public health nonprofit. He was previously executive director of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. He […]


CLP Advisory Board Member Brad Smith Promoted to Vice-Chair of Microsoft

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

CLP Advisory Board Member Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, has been approved by the company’s board as vice-chair. Smith, who was formerly the general counsel, is one a growing number of chief legal officers taking on increasingly diverse and expansive roles at companies; The Practice reported on this trend for its July/August 2021 issue. Read […]


CLP Fellow David Trubeck Mentioned in New Yorker Article on Derrick Bell

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Man Behind Critical Race Theory By Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker | Sept. 13, 2021 CLP Faculty Fellow David Trubek mentioned in recent article about Derrick Bell, the father of critical race theory, by Jelani Cobb. Cobb mentions that Trubek was a central figure in the critical legal studies movement. Read the full article […]


CLP Faculty Director Comments on Big Four’s Growing Legal Services Reach

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

‘A very attractive offering’ – the Big Four’s growing legal services reach By Victoria Basham | The Global Legal Post, Sept. 6, 2021 CLP Faculty Director David Wilkins cited in new report from LexisNexis about how the Big Four accounting firms have scaled to include legal services. The Global Legal Post quotes Wilkins in an article about […]


Wilkins and Gulati’s 1998 Article Cited in Bloomberg Law

Friday, August 27, 2021

Jones Day High Court Clerks Easily Make Partner (Or Maybe Not) By Roy Strom, Bloomberg Law | Aug. 26, 2021 Roy Strom cited CLP Faculty Director David Wilkins and G. Mitu Gulati’s 1998 article, “Reconceiving the Tournament of Lawyers: Tracking, Seeding, and Information Control in the Internal Labor Markets of Elite Law Firms,”  “about the […]


CLP Faculty Director Discusses Need to Innovate in Corporate Legal Services Post-COVID

Sunday, July 25, 2021

“If law firms don’t, others will:” Prof David B Wilkins speaks on the need to innovate, future of Corporate Legal Services post-COVID and more By Shagun Suryam, Bar & Bench | July 25, 2021, 2:35 AM Professor David B Wilkins delivered a talk on Friday, July 23 , in which he discussed challenges facing the legal market […]


CLP Faculty Director Wilkins quoted in recent Law360 Article

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Is Microsoft’s Legal Shake-Up A Sign Of Things To Come? By Sue Reisinger | July 2, 2021, 4:19 PM EDT “The untraditional memo released this week by Microsoft Corp. President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith outlining changes in the company’s law department has stirred questions of what the role of in-house counsel should be […]


CEOs Want Data-Based Risk Management; GCs Lack the Tech to Do So.

Friday, April 16, 2021

CLP Faculty Director quoted in recent piece on EY-Center research into law department operations. “CEOs are frustrated. They seek greater transparency from their legal departments to understand and control their risk management programs. General counsel are frustrated in turn: they say they do not have the technology or data to do so, according to […]

In Memoriam: The Honorable Ralph D. Gants

In Memoriam: The Honorable Ralph D. Gants

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cambridge, MA — The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the Honorable Ralph D. Gants, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Throughout his more than 40-year career, Chief Justice Gants embodied the highest ideals of the legal profession, never wavering from his […]