Research Programs

Program on Trends in Law Practice

This Program conducts research and analysis on the various ways in which the structure and nature of law practice, as well as the “business of law,” is changing and the forces that are driving these changes. The Program publishes an Annual Report on the Legal Market, which is one of the most widely cited analyses of the legal industry. It also partners with the Saïd School at Oxford University to oversee periodic global surveys of alternative legal service providers. Empirical research on trends in the legal professional also includes research on lawyers, their careers and well-being. Most recent research has included an AmLaw 100 studies on key factors for attorney advancement and well-being.

The Directors of the Program are Jim Jones and Heather Bock.

Program on National Security Lawyers

This Program examines the distinctive nature of the responsibilities of lawyers who work in the field of national security in both civilian and military roles. The Program conducts research and sponsors programs on issues that arise in this practice setting.

The Director of this Program is Professor Mary DeRosa.

Program on Ethics and Moral Psychology

This program examines the implications of research in multiple disciplines on moral perception, judgment, and decision-making. These disciplines include cognitive and behavioral psychology, neuroscience, organizational behavior, institutional sociology, and organizational culture.

The Director of this Program is Professor Mitt Regan.

Lawyers, Business, and Human Rights

This program explores the increasing attention given to the human rights impacts of business operations and the role of lawyers in increasing awareness of and accountability for such impacts. The Co-Directors of the Program are Professor Mitt Regan and Elise Groulx Diggs.

Practitioner Programs

Law Firm Roundtable Program

The Law Firm Roundtable Program convenes major law firm general counsel and ethics counsel four times during the academic year to discuss cutting- edge issues at the intersection of ethics, liability, risk management, and law firm management. The program is now in its eleventh year, and has served as an important forum for the exchange of ideas and the anticipation of new issues on the horizon.

The Director of this Program is Barry Cohen.

Practitioner Programs and Workshops

Events include an annual Law Firm General Counsel Workshop under the direction of Jim Jones in collaboration with Hinshaw & Culbertson. This two-day workshop is designed for lawyers who have recently assumed positions as general counsel or as deputy or assistant general counsel of their firms or who hold other risk management positions. Other programs geared to a practitioner audience have included Becoming a Trusted Advisor, Leadership, and Team Effectiveness.