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Law Firm Evolution: Brave New World or Business as Usual?

Center for the Study of the Legal Profession

Georgetown University Law Center

March 21-23, 2010

Sunday, March 21, Eric E. Hotung International Law Building, Faculty Dining Room, 2nd floor

6:00      Dinner Reception and Panel Discussion:  Emerging Relationships Between Law Firms and Clients


The Smarter Legal Model: More from Less:  Trevor Faure, Global General Counsel and Partner, Ernst & Young Global


Lisa Rohrer, Director of Research, Hildebrandt Baker Robbins


Susan Hackett, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel

Thomas D. Yannucci, Chair Emeritus, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Reena SenGupta, Managing Director, RSG Consulting


Monday, March 22

9:15-10:45        Panel 1: Creative Destruction and Innovation


David McGowan, Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law, University of San Diego Law School, and Attorney, Durie Tangri LLP, San Francisco; Bernard A. Burk, Director (Partner), Litigation Department, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, A Professional Corporation, Coase, Schumpeter, and the Future of the (Law) Firm

Larry Ribstein, Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law and Associate Dean for Research, University of Illinois Law School, The Death of BigLaw [Presentation]


James W. Jones, Co-Managing Director, Hildebrandt Baker Robbins; Chairman of the Hildebrandt Institute


William J. Perlstein, Co-Managing Partner, WilmerHale

Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Cisco [Presentation]

Jeffrey K. Haidet, Chairman, McKenna Long & Aldridge

First Questioner:

William Henderson, Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow, and Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Mauer School of Law

11:15-12:45      Panel 2: Emerging Trends in Legal Services


Michele DeStefano Beardslee, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School, Hiring Teams from Rivals: Theory and Evidence on the Evolving Relationships in the Corporate Legal Market (co-authors: David Wilkins, John Coates & Ashish Nanda) [Presentation]

Mari Sako, Professor of Management Studies, Novak Druce Center for Professional Service Firms, Said Business School, University of Oxford, Make or Buy Decisions: Theory and Evidence in Legal Services [Presentation]


Montgomery Kosma, Vice- President, Legal Services Outsourcing, CPA Global


Paul Smith, Partner, Eversheds

Leah Cooper, Director of Strategy, CPA Global

12:45-2:15        Lunch Roundtable: Career Paths and Labor Markets

Sponsored by McKenna Long & Aldridge

Moderator and Panelist: 

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York


Scott A. Westfahl, Director of Professional Development, Goodwin Procter LLP

Bruce McLean, Partner and Chairman, Akin Gump

Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC [Presentation]

2:15-3:45          Panel 3: Business Models: Strategy and Governance


Stephen Mayson, Director, Legal Services Policy Institute; Professor of Strategy, The College of Law, London, Business Models in Legal Practice: Toward Definition and Assessment

Peter Sherer, Associate Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Will There Be a Chaing of the Guard?  Law Firm Lessons from the Great Depression [Presentation]


Bruce MacEwen, President, Adam Smith, Esq. [Presentation]


Ralph Baxter, Chairman and CEO, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Dan DiPietro, Advisory Head and Managing Director, The Law Firm Group, Citi Private Bank

First Questioner:

Mitt Regan, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Co-Director, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession

4:00-5:30          Panel 4: Rethinking Legal Education and Training


Thomas D. Morgan, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law, George Washington University Law School, Abandoning Homogeneity in Legal Education

Jordan Furlong, Partner, Edge International; Blogger, Law21; Senior Consultant, Stem Legal, The Return of the Apprentice: New Lawyer Training Models for the 21st Century [Presentation]


James E. Moliterno, Vincent Bradford Professor of Law, Washington & Lee Law School


José M. de Areilza, Dean of IE Law School, Madrid       

Heather Bock, Chief Professional Development Officer, Howrey LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center [Presentation]

First Questioner:

Elizabeth Chambliss, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Professional Values and Practice, New York Law School

6:30          Dinner and Panel Discussion


What Is Our Legacy To The Next Generation Of Lawyers?  Richard Susskind, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England; Visiting Professor, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University; Honorary and Emeritus Law Professor, Gresham College, London

Moderator and Panelist: 

Paul Lippe, Founder and CEO, Legal On-Ramp


John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law; Vice Dean, Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Mark Harris, CEO and Founder, Axiom [Presentation]

Jeffrey W. Carr, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, FMC Technologies Inc. [Presentation]

Tuesday, March 23

8:45-9:00                Opening Remarks

Ted Burke, Chief Executive and Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer [Presentation]

9:00-10:30        Panel 5: Managing the Law Firm Labor Force


Paul Oyer, Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Layoffs, Lawyers, and Learning  (co-author: Scott Schaefer) [Presentation]

Sida Liu, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chinese Law Firms After the Financial Crisis: The Case of Shanghai (co-author: Xueyao  Li)


Aric Press, Editor in Chief, The American Lawyer


Patricia Gillette, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; founder, Opt-In Project [Presentation]

Peter Zeughauser, Chairman, Zeughauser Group

First Questioner:

Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Willard & Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Indiana University Mauer School of Law

11:00-12:30      Panel 6: Capitalizing Law Firms


Anthony Sebok, Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School, Third-Party Litigation Funding [Presentation]

Andrew von Nordenflycht, Assistant Professor, Strategy, Faculty of Business, Simon Fraser University Faculty of Business, The Consolidation of the Global Advertising Industry: Lessons for Law Firms? [Presentation]


Anthony E. Davis, Partner, Lawyers for the Profession® practice group, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP


Timothy Scrantom, President, Juridica Capital Management (US) Inc. [Presentation]

John Flood, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Westminster, UK [Presentation]

First Questioner:

William W. Bratton, Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law, Georgetown University Law Center

12:45-2:00        Lunch Roundtable: Challenges of Globalization

Sponsored by CPA Global 


Friedrich Blase, Kerma Partners


Wendy Collins Perdue, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs; Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Sally F. King, Regional Chief Operating Officer, Clifford Chance

Jeffrey Lehman, Chancellor and Founding Dean, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China

Edward A. Ryan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Marriott International, Inc.

2:00-2:15          Concluding Remarks

David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

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