Professor David B. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Professor Wilkins has written over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press, and is the co-author or editor of five books, including one of the leading casebooks in the field.
His current scholarly projects include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies, The State of Black Alumni at Harvard Law School, Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services, After the J.D., and the Reemergence of the Big Four Accountancy Networks in the Market for Legal Services. Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers, including The Legal Profession, and Challenges of a General Counsel. In 2007, he co-founded Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program, where he teaches in several courses including Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel.
Professor Wilkins has given over 50 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law firm and corporate retreats. He holds honorary degrees from Roger Williams University (2017) and Stockholm University in Sweden (2012), and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harvard Law School Alumni Award (2016); the Aptissimi Award for Academic Excellence from ESADE UNIVERSITY in Spain (2014); the Distinguished Visiting Mentor Award from Australia National University (2012), the American Bar Foundation Scholar of the Year Award (2010), the J. Clay Smith Award from Howard University School of Law (2009), and the Order of the Coif Distinguished Scholar Award (2008). In 2012, Professor Wilkins was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2014 he was selected as a Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors.
AB, Harvard College, 1977
JD, Harvard Law School, 1980
Research and Scholarship
Rethinking the Public-Private Distinction in Legal Ethics: The Case of “Substitute” Attorneys General, 2010 Mich. St. L. Rev. 423 (2010), available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1789124.
PROBLEMS IN PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR A CHANGING PROFESSION, Carolina Academic Press (with Andrew Kaufman).
Preliminary Report, After the JD: Wave II (with Terry Adams, Ronit Dinovitzer, Bryant Garth, Robert Nelson, Gabriele Plickert, Joyce Sterling, Gita Wilder, and Rebecca Sandefur).
Team of Rivals? Toward a New Model of the Corporate Attorney/Client Relationship, in CURRENT LEGAL PROBLEMS 2009, Oxford University Press 2009, available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1517342.
Valuing diversity: Some Cautionary Lessons from the American Experience, in MANAGING THE MODERN LAW FIRM: NEW CHALLENGES, NEW PERSPECTIVES, Laura Empson, ed., Oxford University Press (2007).
Why Are There So Few Black Lawyers in Corporate Law Firms?: An Institutional Analysis, 84 Cal. L. Rev. 493 (1996) (with G. Mitu Gulati).
Who Should Regulate Lawyers?, 105 Harv. L. Rev. 801 (1992).
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Conseil National des Barreaux of France
December 1, 2012
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Hiring Teams, Firms and Lawyers: Evidence of the Evolving Relationship in the Corporate Legal Market
University of Wisconsin Law School Symposium
November 18-19, 2011
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Seminar: Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies
Problem Solving Workshop
Seminar: Challenges of a General Counsel
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John Coates, IV is the John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics and research director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He joined the faculty in 1997 after private practice at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he was a partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and the regulation of financial institutions. Before coming to HLS, he taught on the adjunct faculties of New York University School of Law and Boston University School of Law. He was promoted to Professor in 2001, and was named the John F. Cogan Jr. Professor of Law and Economics in 2006.
His current research at Harvard includes empirical studies of the purchasing of legal services by S&P 500 companies, the causes and consequences of the completion or failure of M&A transactions, mutual funds and the effects of their regulation, and the causes and consequences of CEO and CLO turnover. He teaches courses on Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Institutions Regulation, Contracts, Corporations, and the History of Capitalist Institutions. Professor Coates is a principal researcher on the Program’s Corporate Purchasing Project, a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services. He also instructs at the Program’s Executive Education courses.
Professor Coates is a frequent panelist and speaker on M&A, and a consultant to the SEC, law firms, mutual funds, hedge funds, and other participants in the M&A and capital markets. In 2016, Professor Coates was appointed to the Investor Advisory Committee, Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D. He also is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange and is a past director of the American Law and Economics Association. He is the author of numerous articles on corporate, securities, and financial institution law, and for seven years co-authored the leading annual survey of developments in financial institution M&A.
JD, New York University School of Law, 1989
BA, University of Virginia, 1986
Research and Scholarship
Managing Disputes Through Contract: Evidence from M&A, Harvard Business Law Review (2012) (forthcoming)
Corporate Politics, Governance, and Value Before and After Citizens United, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (2012) (forthcoming)
Hiring Teams, Firms and Lawyers: Evidence of the Evolving Relationships in the Corporate Legal Market, 36 Law & Social Inquiry 999-1031 (2011) (with Michele DeStefano Beardslee, Ashish Nanda and David B. Wilkins)
Corporate Purchasing Project: How S&P Companies Evaluate Outside Counsel (A White Paper), Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession (2011) (with Michele DeStefano Beardslee, Ashish Nanda, Erik Ramanathan and David B. Wilkins)
M&A Break Fees: U.S. Litigation versus U.K. Regulation, Regulation versus Litigation: Perspectives from Economics and Law, Daniel Kessler, ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2011)
Mergers and Acquisitions
Jim Greiner is the Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law at Harvard Law School and the Faculty Director of the Access to Justice Lab. He teaches courses on civil procedure, access to civil justice, expert witnesses, and voting regulation. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995, Jim clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then spent six years practicing law in Washington, three for the United States Department of Justice, and three for Jenner & Block. He tried to focus his practice on employment discrimination, voting rights, and the Decennial Census, but alas, he also had to learn how airplanes get on and off aircraft carriers (in the A-12 litigation, originally filed in 1990 and only recently concluded), as well as how to deal with structural injunctions in long-running housing desegregation cases.
At the end of these six years, Jim entered the graduate program at the Department of Statistics at Harvard and emerged in 2007 with his Ph.D. His work has appeared in such diverse venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Association, the Annals of Applied Statistics, and Jurimetrics.
Jim’s research focuses on access to justice, court administration, and rigorous empiricism, especially via randomized control trials (“RCTs”). The Access to Justice Lab, which Jim founded based on a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, deploys field RCTs to find out what works to allow courts to run their operations more efficiently and more justly and to allow individuals who cannot afford to hire lawyers to achieve their legal goals to that end, Jim is involved with RCTs in federal and state courts; in criminal and civil litigation systems; and in a variety of subject areas ranging from ADR, family law, eviction law, domestic violence prevention, consumer debt remediation, and many others.
Jim is currently Professor of Law, and he teaches courses on civil procedure, expert witnesses, and voting regulation. Before coming to the law school in 2007, Jim completed his Ph.D. in statistics at Harvard University. Prior to this, Jim practiced law for six years, three for the Department of Justice (Programs Branch), three for Jenner & Block. He tried to focus his practice on employment discrimination, voting rights, and the Decennial Census, but alas, he also had to learn how airplanes get on and off aircraft carriers (in the A-12 litigation, originally filed in 1989 and still going), as well as how to deal with structural injunctions in long-running housing desegregation cases. Currently, Jim’s research focuses on statistics and litigation, including ecological inference models often used in cases under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act as well as the application of counterfactual frameworks of causation to civil rights issues. His current projects concern redistricting, election administration, causal inference, evaluation of delivery of legal services, and adjudicative system design.
Areas of Interest
Access to Justice
Evidence: Causal Inference
Randomized Control Trials in the United States Legal Profession, 12 Ann. Rev. Law Soc. Sci. 296 (2016) (with Andrea Matthews)
Randomized Evaluation in Legal Assistance: What Difference Does Representation (Offer and Actual Use) Make?, 121 Yale L. J. 2118 (2012) (with Cassandra Wolos Pattanayak)
Can Voter ID Law Be Administered in a Race-Neutral Manner? Evidence from the City of Boston in 2008, 7 Quart. J. Pol. Sci. (2012)
Greiner, D. James & Kevin Quinn. “R X C Ecological Inference: Bounds, Correlations, Flexibility, and Transparency of Assumptions,” 172 Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 67 (2009).
Civil Procedure 2, Fall 2017
Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at Harvard Law School and the H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at Harvard Business School. He is the only person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments at both HLS and HBS. At HLS he teaches courses in negotiations and corporate law. At HBS he teaches in several executive education programs, such as Strategic Negotiations, Changing the Game, Managing Negotiators and the Deal Process, and Making Corporate Boards More Effective. He is the faculty chair for the JD/MBA program at Harvard University and the Vice Chair for Research at the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company in their New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. offices.
Professor Subramanian’s research explores topics in negotiations, corporate dealmaking, and deal process design. He has published articles in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and the Harvard Law Review, among other places. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal’s “Heard on the Street” column, the New York Times, the American Lawyer, The Deal, and Corporate Control Alert. His new book Negotiauctions: New Dealmaking Strategies for a Competitive Marketplace (Norton 2010) synthesizes the findings from his research and teaching over the past decade.
Professor Subramanian has been involved in major public-company deals such as Oracle’s $10.3 billion hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft, Cox Enterprises’ $8.9 billion freeze-out of the minority shareholders in Cox Communications, the $6.6 billion leveraged buyout of Toys “R” Us, and Exelon’s $8.0 billion hostile takeover bid for NRG. He also advises individuals, boards of directors, and management teams on issues of dealmaking and corporate governance.
Professor Subramanian holds degrees in Economics, Law, and Business, all from Harvard University. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
MBA, Harvard Business School, 1998
JD, Harvard Law School, 1998
AB in Economics, Harvard University, 1992
Research and Scholarship
Post-Siliconix Freeze-outs: Theory and Evidence, 36 J. Leg. Stud. 1 (2007)
Reading Group: Law and Business Problems
David Benger is a Research Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Harvard Law School. He has a background in international law and counter-terrorism, and has worked at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (in Phnom Penh), the International Criminal Court (in The Hague), and the New York County District Attorney’s Office. His analysis has been published by The Boston Globe, NY Daily News, Lawfare, Opinio Juris, and The MirYam Institute.
Prior to joining CLP, David earned his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was a Senior Editor on the National Security Journal and an Executive Editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Russian Studies summa cum laude from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University (Beijing) where he studied as a Schwarzman Scholar.
Paola is the Chair of the Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minority Attorneys (ELRIWMA) at the Center for the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School and a Senior Research Fellow, jointly appointed at Harvard Law School (PON) and at the Harvard Kennedy School (Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP)). Her areas of inquiry and expertise examine the evolution of the legal profession, focusing on Leadership, Gender & Diversity, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and Organizational Behavior.
Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio is studying issues related to diversity and gender vis-à-vis organizational behavior with the goal of promoting broad-based inclusion of women and minorities in the legal profession and in large organization. Since joining Harvard University, Paola has continued to advance the dialogue on diversifying the next generation of leaders. She has extensive experience with leadership development at all levels and functions, leveraging team potential to high-performance and innovation, as well as cultural, behavioral and systemic changes in organizations. Her innovative and unique interdisciplinary research provides actionable strategies and mechanisms that result in diversity and gender equity by helping firms and organizations.
Her research shows that gentle pushes—or “nudges” as she calls them—and a consistent organizational process with well-defined decision points allow firms to achieve the goal that has to date eluded them. Nudges provide actionable elements that can be engaged to create a systematic approach to establishing a competitive system that attracts, retains, and promotes more women within firms. Firms that have used her approach have made real gains for women at various levels.
One of her landmark research includes a multiyear empirical analysis of gender equality, diversity, and inclusion at Pfizer Inc., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It focuses on the role of the general counsel and legal department in negotiating and implementing corporate social responsibilities (CSR) policies within the organization and in relationships with business partners. One of her latest research is a longitudinal study of the financial impact of (women) general counsels on the performance of S&P 1500 companies.
Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio chairs the committee on Law and Gender for the UN Global Compact, PRME initiative. She was Co-chair of the American Bar Association International Committee on the Future of ADR and was nominated as an Expert-Coordinator for several projects on ADR, lawyers, and gender that were funded by the EU and the UN. Prior to joining Harvard, she served as Research Director of Comparative Law at Den Hague University and practiced law for Landwell & Associés and for Baker & McKenzie.
Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio earned a JD, LL.M., a Magistére-DJCE degree in Common and Civil Law, a Ph.D. in Social Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) and held a postdoctoral appointment Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. She has published several books and articles on these and other topics. She authored Beyond Traditional Analysis of International Franchise Contracts, edited Interdisciplinary Handbook of Dispute Resolution; and appeared in leading journals, such as the Journal of the Legal Profession, Conflict Resolution Quarterly and TDM Journal (Transnational Dispute Management), United Nations (PRME) publication. Her research is featured in Bloomberg, The American Lawyer, ABA, and Thomson Reuters among others.
As a professor Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio teaches at the graduate and executive level. She developed courses on Corporations, Law & Business, Legal Profession, Professional Responsibilities, Law and Gender, Gender and Leadership, as well as Complex Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, and Corporate Social Responsibilities. Among her awards and recognitions, Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio received the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation Next Generation Grant; the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Scholarship; the David Thomasma Scholarship, Academy of Law and Mental Health; Weinstein Fellowship, JAMS Foundation; and the Distinguished Teaching Award, Hague University. She has lived and worked in on several continents, serving in legal, academic, and consultative capacities.
Bob is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession and the former the Executive Director of McGuireWoods, an AmLaw 50 firm. His research is focused on the approaches and actions large law firms are taking to compete with the Big 4 accountancy networks. A second area of inquiry is the deployment of “higher order” Artificial Intelligence applications and the impact in the practice of law. In 2017, Bob wrote the lead story in The Practice entitled “Postrecession Strategies: Legal market segmentation as the foundation for successful strategic planning.”
Bob was formerly the Senior VP for Novell Worldwide Services (formerly Cambridge Technology Partners), Senior VP and General Manager of Xerox Professional Services, and served as the Senior VP of Strategy for Xerox’s services business. He also held the position of VP for IBM Global Services worldwide network consulting practice. He holds a BS from Michigan State University and a Master of Management from The University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
Ron received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years there, he left for graduate work, obtaining a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. Ron ended up as one of the first 100 employees at Google, and left after several years to attend law school and is a licensed attorney in CA.
Ron is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology startups, and has taught legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School and Notre Dame Law School. Ron has taught MCLE courses on document automation for the CA Bar, and was on the executive committee of the Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology section.
He co-founded the Program for Legal Technology and Design with SLS alum Margaret Hagan and has worked on legal innovation at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Notre Dame Law School. Ron has been asked to participate on panels and give talks at universities such as Stanford and Harvard, and organizations such as COLPM, ILTA, and ACC, on issues related to legal technology and innovation. A selected list of his presentations can be found at his blog, radicalconcepts.com. Ron was selected as one of the 2014 Fastcase 50, and 2014 ALM Recorder’s Innovator Award recipient.
Professor Laura Empson has dedicated more than two decades to researching professionals and professional service firms. She is Director of the Cass Centre for Professional Service Firms and Professor in the Management of Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School in the City of London, UK.
Her current research focuses on leadership and governance in professional service firms; she has also researched topics such as mergers and acquisitions, the professionalisation of management, organizational and identity change, knowledge management, and diversity in a professional service firm context. In 2013 she was honoured by the Financial Times for her research into leadership in professional service firms and she has been awarded numerous research grants by the Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain (ESRC’s).
She is committed to translating her academic research for a practitioner audience, most notably in her 2007 book, Managing the Modern Law Firm (Oxford University Press), which was described by The Times as marking a ‘seminal moment in the development of management theory in this sector’. She has published numerous articles in leading international academic journals and is lead editor of the recently published Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms (2015, Oxford University Press).
At Cass Business School she teaches the Cass MBA elective “Succeeding in Professional and Financial Services”.
She is Chair of KPMG LLP’s Public Interest Committee (i.e. Senior Independent Non-Executive).
She is a Member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, and the Journal of Professions and Organizations. She is also a Member of the ESRC’s Peer Review College.
She was previously a Reader at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School and remains a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Before becoming an academic, Laura worked as an investment banker and strategy consultant.
She acts as an advisor to many of the world’s leading professional service firms in the areas such as: law, accounting, law, investment banking, actuarial and management consulting. Through her consultancy work she translates her scholarly research into actionable insights into a range of issues that challenge leaders in professional service firms.
For further details on publications: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/experts/L.Empson
María J. Esteban Ferrer is a Ramon Llull University contracted doctoral professor and a lecturer of Business Law in the department of Law at ESADE. She is also an affiliated researcher at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and co-director of the Center’s Big Four Research Project, since 2011. Esteban’s research focuses on the areas of innovation, the strategic analysis of quality and the organization of professional bodies. She holds a Law Degree from Universitat de Barcelona, and a PhD summa cum laude in Economics and Business Administration from Ramon Llull University. She publishes in leading scholarly journals and is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences. Her first book “The voice of the client in law firms. What do companies expect from their external legal advisors?” was published, in Spanish by Difusión Jurídica, in 2010.
Esteban is a numerary member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors and has been recently appointed to serve at the Governing Board of this institution. She is also the European Regional Forum Liaison Officer at the International Bar Association Academic and Professional Development Committee.
Outside academia, Esteban is a partner of corporate Law at the Spanish law firm Escura. Previously, she served as the general counsel of SITUBSA – a leading manufacturer of first equipment in the automotive industry – and completed an internship with the international law firm Stephenson Harwood.
For further details on publications: http://www.esade.edu/faculty/mariajose.esteban
Heidi K. Gardner, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair of the HLS’s Accelerated Leadership Program and other executive education programs. Previously she served on the Organizational Behavior faculty of Harvard Business School.
Dr. Gardner’s research focuses on leadership and collaboration in professional service firms, and she is currently writing a book on the topic to be published by Harvard Business Press in 2016. Her first book, “Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Leadership Strategies for Law Firm Success,” was published in 2015 by Globe Business & Law.
Her research was awarded the Academy of Management’s Prize for Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Organizational Behavior as well as numerous book chapters. She reaches practitioners through print and digital media such as Harvard Business Review, American Lawyer, the Financial Times, Law Practice Today, HBR Online, Managing Partner, and more. Media coverage for her research includes The Economist, Boston Globe, National Law Journal, Financial Times, MSN.com, CNN Money, Fortune.com and CBSNews.com.
Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including positions with McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble, and as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a Masters from the London School of Economics (with honors), and a Doctorate from London Business School.
Mr. Heineman is a distinguished senior fellow and advisory board member at the Center on the Legal Profession, senior fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance, and senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Heineman is also a member of the guest faculty at Harvard Law School Executive Education. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1965), a former Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (1967, graduate degree/political science), and holds a law degree from Yale Law School (1971), where he was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.
After graduation, he clerked for Associate Justice Potter Stewart at the Supreme Court of the United States.Mr. Heineman practiced law in Washington before serving at HEW from 1977-1980, ending his tenure there as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He was then managing partner of the Washington office of Sidley & Austin, focusing on Supreme Court and test case litigation. In 1987, Mr. Heineman became Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the General Electric Company located in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 2004, he was named GE’s Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs.
His book, High Performance with High Integrity, was published in June, 2008 by the Harvard Business Press. He is also the author of books on British race relations and the American presidency. He writes and lectures frequently on business, law and international affairs. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Science, Technology and Law and recipient of the American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award of Board Member magazine. He was named one of America’s 100 most influential lawyers by the National Law Journal, was named one of the 100 most influential individuals on business ethics by Ethisphere magazine and was named on of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors. He serves on the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (chair of patient care committee), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (chair of program committee), Transparency International-USA (chair of program committee) and the Committee For Economic Development (chair of the corporate governance committee). He is a member of the board of trustees of Central European University. He is currently on an international panel advising the President of the World Bank on governance and anti-corruption. In May, 2011, Mr. Heineman was elected to the American Philosophical Society.
JD, Yale Law School, 1971
Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, 1967
AB, Harvard College, 1965
Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He was appointed, confirmed, and sworn into office in 2011. Before joining the state’s highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law. His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools. He went to Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a masters degree in philosophy and physiology. Upon returning to the United States, he went to Washington D.C. to help launch the AmeriCorps national service program and worked for two years as a senior program officer at the Corporation for National Service.
Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term. From 2001 to 2003, he worked in the litigation practice of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C.
Justice Liu is a prolific and influential scholar. In 2017, Justice Liu, with coauthors Eric Chung, Samuel Dong, Christine Kwon, and Xiaonan Hu, published the first comprehensive study of Asian Americans in the legal profession (A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law). He has also published articles on constitutional law and education policy in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others. In 2017, he gave the William J. Brennan Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice at NYU, titled “State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights: A Reappraisal” (NYU Law Review). His 2006 article, “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship” (Yale Law Journal), won the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, conferred by the Education Law Association. Justice Liu is also a popular and acclaimed teacher. In 2009, he received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s most prestigious honor for individual excellence in teaching. He earned tenure at Boalt Hall in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Dean. The Boalt Hall Class of 2009 selected him as the faculty commencement speaker.
Justice Liu serves on the Council of the American Law Institute, the Board of Directors of the James Irvine Foundation, California Commission on Access to Justice, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and the board of directors of the American Constitution Society, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Public Welfare Foundation.
Ralph Madlalate is a research fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining CLP, Ralph worked at the Legal Resources Centre, a public interest law clinic in Johannesburg South Africa. In legal practice he focused on strategic litigation around socio-economic rights, constitutional and international human rights law for vulnerable and marginalized communities in South Africa and the southern African region. Previously Ralph served as a Research and Teaching Associate in the school of law at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he supported the school’s academic programs and pursued his own research.
Ralph graduated with an LL.M. with a specialization in public interest law and policy from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) prior to that he earned his LL.B. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and thereafter earned an LL.M. in human rights advocacy and litigation (cum laude) from the same university.
David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Dean of International Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate of UW-Madison and the Yale Law School, Professor Trubek served as law clerk to Judge Charles E. Clark of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and as Legal Advisor to the USAID Mission to Brazil before entering the academy.
He joined the UW Law School faculty in 1973 and served as Associate Dean for Research from 1977 to 1984. During this period he also was Director of CLRP, the Civil Litigation Research Project, which was supported by the US Department of Justice. In 1985 he founded the UW’s Institute for Legal Studies which he directed from 1985-90. Professor Trubek was appointed as University Dean of International Studies in 1990 and became the founding director of the UW-Madison International Institute in 1995. After stepping down as Dean and Director of the Institute he ran the UW Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) from 2001 to 2004.
He has taught at Yale and Harvard Law Schools, the European University Institute in Florence (EUI), the Catholic University Law School in Rio de Janeiro and the FGV Law School in São Paulo and has been a Visiting Scholar in Residence at EUI, the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco in Recife, Brazil, the London School of Economics, and the Maison des Sciences de L’Homme in Paris. He received the Kalven Prize from the Law and Society Association and in 2002 was appointed Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Government in recognition of his work on globalization.
Dean Trubek has written extensively on international and comparative law as well as other topics in legal studies and has published articles and books on the role of law in development, human rights, European integration, the changing role of the legal profession, and the impact of globalization on legal systems and social protection schemes. He has also made contributions in critical legal theory, the sociology of law, and civil procedure.
His most recent books are Law and the New Developmental State: the Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (with Alviar, Couthinho & A.Santos) (2013), The New Law and Economic Development : A Critical Appraisal (with A.Santos) (2006) and Direito, Planejamento e Desenvolvimento do Mercado de Capitais Brasileiro 1965-70 (with Gouveia Viera and Sa) (2nd edition 2011) He was Principal Investigator of LANDS, the project on Law and the New Developmental State and is an organizing member of CGLAD, the Conference on Global Law and Development. Currently he serves as co-Director of GLEE, CLP’s project on Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies.