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Georgetown 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, The Bernard S. and Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center, 12th floor
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Novus Law, LLC
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
Judith C. Areen, Interim Dean and Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
Robert Ruyak, Managing Partner and CEO, Howrey
9:15-10:45 Panel 1: Creative Destruction and Innovation
Coase, Schumpeter, and the Future of the (Law) Firm: 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
The Death of BigLaw: Larry Ribstein, Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law and Associate Dean for Research, University of Illinois Law School
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
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 Maurer School of Law
10:45-11:15 Break

Sponsored by the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
11:15-12:45 Panel 2: Emerging Trends in Legal Services
Hiring Teams from Rivals: Theory and Evidence on the Evolving Relationships in the Corporate Legal Market: Michele DeStefano Beardslee, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School (co-authors: David Wilkins, John Coates and Ashish Nanda)
Make or Buy Decisions: Theory and Evidence in Legal Services: Mari Sako, Professor of Management Studies, Novak Druce Center for Professional Service Firms, Said Business School, University of Oxford
Montgomery Kosma, Vice- President, Legal Services Outsourcing, CPA Global
Paul Smith, Partner, Eversheds
Leah Cooper, Director of Strategy, CPA Global
First Questioner:
Tanina Rostain, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Professional Values and Practice, New York Law School

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
2:15-3:45 Panel 3: Business Models: Strategy and Governance
Business Models in Legal Practice: Toward Definition and Assessment: Stephen Mayson, Director, Legal Services Policy Institute; Professor of Strategy, The College of Law, London
Will There Be a Changing of the Guard? Law Firm Lessons from the Great Depression: Peter Sherer, Associate Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Bruce MacEwen, President, Adam Smith, Esq.
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
3:45-4:00 Break

Sponsored by the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
4:00-5:30 Panel 4: Rethinking Legal Education and Training
Abandoning Homogeneity in Legal Education: Thomas D. Morgan, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law, George Washington University Law School
The Return of the Apprentice: New Lawyer Training Models for the 21st Century: Jordan Furlong, Partner, Edge International; Blogger, Law21; Senior Consultant, Stem Legal
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

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, The Metropolitan Room, The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
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
Jeffrey W. Carr, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, FMC Technologies Inc.
Tuesday, March 23, The Bernard S. and Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center, 12th floor
8:15-8:45 Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Novus Law, LLC
8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks
Ted Burke, Chief Executive and Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

9:00-10:30 Panel 5: Managing the Law Firm Labor Force
Layoffs, Lawyers, and Learning: Paul Oyer, Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (co-author: Scott Schaefer)
Chinese Law Firms After the Financial Crisis: The Case of Shanghai: Sida Liu, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison (co-author: Xueyao Li)
Aric Press, Editor in Chief, The American Lawyer
Patricia Gillette, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; founder, Opt-In Project
Peter Zeughauser, Chairman, Zeughauser Group
First Questioner:
Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
10:30-11:00 Break

Sponsored by the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
11:00-12:30 Panel 6: Capitalizing Law Firms
Third-Party Litigation Funding: Anthony Sebok, Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School
The Consolidation of the Global Advertising Industry: Lessons for Law Firms? Andrew von Nordenflycht, Assistant Professor, Strategy, Faculty of Business, Simon Fraser University Faculty of Business
Anthony E. Davis, Partner, Lawyers for the Profession® practice group, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Timothy Scrantom, President, Juridica Capital Management (US) Inc.
John Flood, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Westminster, UK
First Questioner:
William W. Bratton, Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law, Georgetown University Law Center
12:30-12:45 Break

Sponsored by the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
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

The Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law Center is devoted to:

* Promoting interdisciplinary scholarship on the profession informed by awareness of the dynamics of modern practice;

* Providing students with a sophisticated understanding of the opportunities and challenges of a modern legal career; and

* Furnishing members of the bar, particularly those in organizational decision-making positions, broad perspectives on trends and developments in practice.

In support of its mission, the Center sponsors symposia, research, publications, workshops, and speakers designed to foster exchanges among scholars, practitioners, and students. The Executive Director of the Center is Professor Carole Silver, and the Co-Directors are Professor Mitt Regan and Professor Jeffrey Bauman.

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