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Wilkins Analyzes Implications of The Rise of the Big 4 Accounting Firms in the Legal Services Market

Monday, October 2, 2017

Prof. David Wilkins and his co-author Maria Esteban Ferrer have done extensive research into the rise and transformation of the “Big 4” accounting firms in the global legal services market. Some of their recent findings on this phenomenon were recently published in the Columbia Law School Blue Sky blog. In this piece they discuss the […]


Thomson Reuters features Dr. Heidi Gardner’s work on Smart Collaboration

Monday, October 2, 2017

Thomson Reuters featured the Smart Collaboration research of CLP Distinguished Fellow Dr. Heidi Gardner in the latest issue of their magazine, The Forum. In this feature piece, Gardner makes the case for why firms who focus on collaboration in a strategic and effective way will see both financial and reputational gains. You can read the […]


Cecchi-Dimeglio Investigates the Impact of General Counsel on Corporate Boards

Sunday, October 1, 2017

In the latest issue of The Forum, CLP Senior Research Fellow Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio investigates the impact of a company including their own General Counsel (GC) on their corporate board of directors. Her research seeks to examine if including the GC on the board improves the companies problem solving, strategic planning, and revenue performance. You can review […]


Business Insider Features Cecchi-Dimeglio’s Research on Gender & Performance

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio’s work on gender bias and performance was recently featured in the Business Insider piece about GoDaddy’s transformation of their performance review process in order to become “the most inclusive company in tech.” You can read the full story to find out exactly how GoDaddy overhauled their review process and what Cecchi-Dimeglio’s findings were […]


Prof. Wilkins delivers 2017 commencement address at Roger Williams University School of Law

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Prof. David B. Wilkins received an honorary degree and also delivered the commencement address to the graduates of the class of 2017 at the Roger Williams University School of Law on May 19, 2017. To watch his commencement address, “Your Brilliant Career”, alongside the rest of the commencement proceedings from the day please view the RWU […]


The Surprising Myths and Realities of Law Firm Rainmakers with Dr. Heidi Gardner

Monday, April 24, 2017

In a recent podcast, Dr. Heidi Gardner spoke at length about the myths and realities of law firm rainmakers and the value of collaboration stemming from research out of her latest book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos. She attributes the success of the best rainmakers to a set of […]


Standard Indian Legal Citation Manual Gaining Traction After Meeting with Vice President

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Standard Indian Legal Citation (SILC) manual is gaining significant traction after the Indian Vice President, His Excellency Sri M. Hamid Ansari, recently accepted copies in his official residence. SILC Founder, Rohit Pothukuchi, who was himself recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Asia in part because of his work on SILC, […]


Heineman Addresses the Public Policy Role of GC’s

Monday, March 27, 2017

CLP Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ben Heineman, addresses the “critical public policy role” played by General Counsel’s in today’s increasingly tumultuous and globally integrated age. He argues that in today’s world the General Counsel has an increasingly important role that also carries with it the need for a “capability to address business-in-society issues — legislation, regulation, […]


Wilkins talks growth of ‘Big 4’ accounting firms in Bloomberg Law

Friday, March 17, 2017

Prof. David B. Wilkins was recently featured in this Bloomberg Law piece about PwC’s takeover of “the world’s best tax law firm”, happening in April. Wilkins talks about how the growth of the Big 4 accounting firms in the legal space is part of a larger strategy they are employing to provide a wider range […]


CLP announces research collaboration with Cass Business School Centre for Professional Service Firms

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession (CLP), led by Professor David B. Wilkins, and the Cass Business School Centre for Professional Service Firms (CPSF), led by Professor Laura Empson, are proud to announce a research collaboration aimed at strengthening knowledge about the ever-evolving dynamics of the global legal profession and related professional […]