The Shrinking Pyramid: Implications for Law Practice and the Legal Profession

March 21, 2013 —

WHAT   

The Shrinking Pyramid: Implications for Law Practice and the Legal Profession

WHEN  

Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE   

Georgetown University Law Center
12th Floor, Gewirz Student Center
120 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

SCHEDULE   

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Collaboration and Innovation in the New Normal

Paper Presentations:
Heidi Gardner, Professor, Harvard Business School
Michael Smets, Lecturer in Strategy, Aston Business School
Timothy Morris, Professor, Said Business School, University of Oxford
Namrata Malhotra, Professor, Imperial College Business School

Discussion:
Kim Koopersmith, Chair, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Stephen Denyer, Global Markets Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
Reena Sengupta, Founder, RSG Consulting (Moderator)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Re-engineering Legal Services

Paper Presentations:
Renee Newman Knake, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Silvia Hodges, Director of Research Services, TyMetrix Legal Analytics; Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law
Forrest Briscoe, Professor, Penn State Smeal College of Business
Marion Brivot, Professor, Universite Laval
Wenpin Tsai, Professor, Penn State Smeal College of Business

Discussion:
J. Stephen Poor, Chair and Managing Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Mitch Kowalski, Author, Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century
Tanina Rostain, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Luncheon Panel: Legal Services in Emerging Countries, Brazil, India and China

David Trubek, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School
Sida Liu, Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jay Krishnan, Professor; Director of India Initiative, Center on the Global Legal Profession; and Co-Director, Center for Law, Society, and Culture, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
James Jones, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Corporate Clients and Outside Law Firms: Procurement or Partnership?

Paper Presentations:
Molly Selvin, Research Fellow, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School; Adjunct Professor, Southwestern Law School
Patrick M. Hanlon, Research Fellow, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School
Mari Sako, Professor, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Discussion:
Leslie Turner, General Counsel, The Hershey Company
Matthew Biben, General Counsel, Chase Consumer Businesses and Senior Legal Adviser, JP Morgan Chase
Ellen Rosenthal, Chief Counsel, Pfizer Legal Alliance and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer (Moderator)

3:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Sustainable Law Firm Models: Beyond the Pyramid?

Paper Presentations:
Lisa Rohrer, Director of Executive Education and Associate Research Director, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center
Peter Sherer, Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Rhett Brymer, Professor, Farmer School of Business, Miami University
Len Bierman, Professor, Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University

Discussion:
Paul Smith, Partner, Eversheds and Eversheds Consulting
Blane Prescott, Chief Executive Officer, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
Steven J. Harper, Publisher, The Belly of the Beast and Author, The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis
Aric Press, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, American Lawyer Media (Moderator)

NOTE   

More information about the papers that will be presented at each session is available here: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/continuing-legal-education/programs/academic-conferences/shrinking-pyramid-agenda.cfm.

A consensus seems to be emerging that lower demand for law school graduates will become a permanent feature of the legal market, most notably in large law firms whose business model has been based on a large number of associates at the bottom of a pyramid with a small number of equity partners at the top.

The participants will explore the potential implications of this major shift in how legal work is organized and provided, and how careers in law are unfolding. They will offer insights into what may lie ahead for the legal industry as these trends accelerate, addressing issues ranging from the evolving structure of law firms and legal work to the training and career paths of young attorneys.

This event is sponsored by the at Georgetown Law.

Media interested in attending should email mediarelations@law.georgetown.edu