Harvard Law School Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession; Director, Program on the Legal Profession; and Lester Kissel Professor of Law
Mark P. Robinson, Jr. Lecture
"The Future of Large Law Firms In The Global Age of More For Less"
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In this lecture, Prof. Wilkins will examine the large-scale forces reshaping the global market for corporate legal services, and how these changes are likely to reshape law firms and legal careers in the coming decades.
Prof. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Program on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Faculty Committee of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.
Professor Wilkins has written over 60 articles 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, Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession.
His current scholarly projects on the profession include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies, an empirical examination of the effect of globalization on the market for legal services in rapidly developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil; After the JD, a 10-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers' careers; and Corporate Purchasing, a quantitative and qualitative examination of the legal purchasing decisions of S&P 500 companies.
Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers and other related professionals, including the country's only four-credit course on the Legal Profession, and seminars on "Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Preparing Lawyers for Global Careers” and “The Future(s) of the Large Law Firm.” He is also one of the core faculty members teaching Harvard Law School’s new Problem Solving Workshop, an intensive three-week mandatory introduction to lawyering taken by all first-year students. Professor Wilkins also helped to create (along with the Program’s Faculty Director Professor Ashish Nanda) Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program, where he teaches courses on Leadership in Law Firms, Leadership in Corporate Counsel, and Emerging Leaders.
UC Irvine School of Law's Mark P. Robinson, Jr. Lecture is an annual lecture series made possible by an anonymous donor in honor of Mark P. Robinson Jr., senior partner at Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis Inc., and his generous support of the UC Irvine School of Law. More information, including video and photos of past lectures, on UCI Law's Distinguished Lectures page.