Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies: The Indian Legal Profession

Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies: The Indian Legal Profession

Friday, February 14, 2014


WCC Milstein West AB

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Keynote Speakers:

  • David Wilkins, HLS Faculty Director, Program on the Legal Profession
  • Vikramaditya Khanna, Professor of Law, University of Michigan
  • Nick Robinson, Senior Fellow, Program on the Legal Profession
  • Mark Wu, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

David Wilkins

Professor Wilkins is the Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, and the faculty director of the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a senior research fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Professor Wilkins has written extensively on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field. His current scholarly projects on the profession include After the JD, a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers, the Harvard Law School Career Study, a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services, an empirical project on the development of “ethical infrastructure” in large law firms based on a series of focus groups with leading practitioners and regulators, an examination of the practice of “offshoring” legal work to India, and over 200 in-depth interviews in connection with a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on the development of the black corporate bar. Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers and other related professionals, including the country’s first four credit Legal Profession course, and seminars on Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Preparing Lawyers for Global Careers, Cause Lawyers, and The Future(s) of the Large Law Firm. He is also one of seven Harvard Law School faculty members who will teach the school’s new required course for all first-year students entitled Problem Solving. Professor Wilkins is a principal faculty member in the Law School’s Executive Education program, where he teaches courses on Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel. He has also served on several Law School and University committees, including the University-wide Task Force on Professional Schools. Professor Wilkins is a frequent speaker at academic institutions and conferences, bar organizations, and law firms and other professional service organizations in the United States and around the world. He has received numerous honors and awards, including being selected as the 2009 Commencement Speaker at the University of Iowa College of Law and the 2008 Distinguished Scholar by the Order of the Coif. In 2012, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Vikramaditya Khanna

Vikramaditya Khanna, the William W. Cook Professor of Law, is faculty director of the Directors’ College for Global Business and Law and codirector of the Joint Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law & Policy, a collaboration between Michigan Law and India’s Jindal Global Law School. He earned his SJD at Harvard Law School, where he has been a visiting faculty member. He served as a senior research fellow at Columbia Law School and Yale Law School, and as a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. He was a recipient of the John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship in 2002–2003. His interest areas include corporate and securities law, corporate crime, law in India, corporate governance in emerging markets, and law and economics. He is the founding and current editor of both the India Law Abstracts and the White Collar Crime Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and his papers have been published in the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Supreme Court Economic Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the Georgetown Law Journal. News publications in the United States, India, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom have quoted him. He has given talks at Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Yale universities; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Wharton School, as well as to the National Bureau of Economic Research and the American Law and Economics Association. He has presented in the United States, India, China, Turkey, Brazil, and Greece. View Professor Khanna’s website.


Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson spent seven years in South Asia before joining the Program on the Legal Profession. There he clerked for the Chief Justice of the Indian Supreme Court, taught at National Law School Bangalore, Jindal Global Law School, and Lahore University of Management Sciences, and was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He has written extensively about judicial process, the legal profession, and public law in South Asia. His work at the Program on the Legal Profession focuses on elite litigators in High Courts and the Supreme Court in India and legal education in India. He is also writing about the changing nature of the regulation of the legal profession in a globalized world. Nick has a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Mark Wu

Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches international trade and international economic law.  Previously, he served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he was the lead U.S. negotiator for the IP chapters of several free trade agreements. He also worked as an engagement manager for McKinsey & Co. where he focused on high-tech companies.  He began his career as an economist and operations officer for the World Bank in China, working on environmental, urban development, health, and rural poverty issues. He has also served as an economist for the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.  After earning a J.D. from Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge Pierre Leval on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School.  He received his M.Sc. in Development Economics from Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and his A.B. summa cum laude in Social Studies and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.