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Wilkins to speak at Dean's Dinner Nov. 15


The annual Hamline Law Dean's Dinner will be held Nov. 15 at the new Anderson Center on Hamline University's Saint Paul campus. Harvard Law Professor David B. Wilkins will be the keynote speaker, addressing the notion of rethinking law practice in an age of economic, technological and global uncertainty.

Professor Wilkins, who serves as Director of Harvard’s Program on the Legal Profession (PLP), teaches and writes extensively on private law practice, and his work focuses on empirical studies of the legal profession designed to expand and deepen the overall understanding of lawyers and their careers. His current projects include After the JD, a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of legal careers; a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services; and a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on the development of the black corporate bar based on more over 200 in-depth interviews.

As the faculty director of PLP, Professor Wilkins teaches the leading four-credit course of the Legal Profession, as well as seminars on the Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Preparing Lawyers for Global Careers, Cause Lawyers, and The Future(s) of the Large Law Firm. He is also Harvard’s Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession and a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

“Everyone in the legal profession is rethinking how they practice in light of the uncertain economic times, changing technology and increased globalization,” says Hamline Law Dean Donald M. Lewis. “We are very excited to bring Professor Wilkins to Minnesota to talk about the outstanding work he and Harvard have done around these very complicated issues. We are also pleased to be hosting guests in the stunning new Anderson Center, our new university center that just opened this fall and serves as a new front door to the campus.”

According to Harvard, “Program on the Legal Profession seeks to make a substantial contribution to the modern practice of law by increasing understanding of the structures, norms and dynamics of the global legal profession. It does this by:

  • Conducting, sponsoring and publishing world-class empirical research on the profession;
  • Innovating and implementing new methods and content for teaching law students, practicing lawyers and related professionals about the profession; and
  • Fostering broader and deeper connections bridging between the global universe of legal practitioners and the academy.”

The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, followed by dinner and Professor Wilkins’s remarks at 6:30. Please contact Anne Markus at 651-523-2943 or amarkus01@hamline.edu for ticket and sponsorship information. Complete details will be available soon.

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