Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins to present Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, March 1

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Professor David Wilkins will deliver the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, “Legal Careers in the Global Age of More for Less: What You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive in Legal Profession 3.0,” at noon on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

There will be a reception for students, faculty and alumni at 4:30 p.m. in the Law Commons.

Professor Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.  He is a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Harvard Law School’s Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, according to the Harvard Law website.

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Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins

Professor Wilkins has given more than 40 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law firm and corporate retreats. His recent academic honors include the 2012 Honorary Doctorate in Law from Stockholm University in Sweden and the 2010 American Bar Foundation Scholar of the Year Award.

Professor Wilkins has written more than 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the press.  He also co-authored of one of the principal casebooks in the field.

His current scholarly projects include “Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies” (where he directs more than 50 researchers studying the impact of globalization on the market for legal services in rapidly developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe); “After the JD”  (a 10-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers); “The Harvard Law School Career Study” (examining, among other things, differences in the experiences of male and female graduates and the careers of lawyers who do not practice law); and “The New Social Engineers” (charting the historical development and current experiences of black lawyers in corporate law practice).

Past Dean’s Distinguished Lecturers include Duke Law Professor Katharine T. Bartlett, in 2015; Professor Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, in 2014; and Professor A. E. Dick Howard, the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in 2013.