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The Future of Legal Education and the Legal Profession Symposium


April 26, 2013 9:00am - 4:00pm

Room 290

Symposium featuring authors from SLPR's upcoming issue, Stanford faculty, and other legal scholars.



9:00-9:45: Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:45-10:00: Opening Remarks by Professor Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School

10:00-11:30: Preparing Today's Law Students for Tomorrow's Legal Market

Moderater: Mr. Stephen Denyer, Allen & Overy Partner

-       Honorable Michael Simon, United States District Judge, District of Oregon, Things that I Learned During My First Year on the Bench that I Wish I Had Known as a Trial Lawyer.

-       Mr. Neil Dilloff, DLA Piper Partner, Law School Training: Bridging the Gap Between Legal Education & the Practice of Law.

-       Professor Robert Gordon, Stanford Law School, Let's not Forget Law is Still a Public Profession:  Maintaining a Broad Education for Lawyers While Improving their Vocational Skills. 

             -       Dean Deanell Tacha, Pepperdine University School of Law, No Law Student Left Behind.

11:50-12:30: Keynote Speaker

Professor Barbara Babcock, Stanford Law School: Women's Entry Into the Profession and the Difference it Makes.


12:45-2:00: *LUNCH PROVIDED* Globalization & the Changing Legal Landscape

Introductory remarks by Dean Elizabeth MagillStanford Law School

-       Professor Nora Engstrom, Stanford Law School, Re-Re-Financing Civil Litigation:  How Lawyer Lending Might Remake the American Litigation Landscape, Again.

-       Professor Carole Silver, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Getting Real About Globalization and Legal Education: Potential Perspectives for the U.S.

-       Mr. Stephen Denyer, Allen & Overy Partner, Quiet Revolution – How the Law Firm Business Model is Evolving. 


2:30-4:00: Is Legal Education in Crisis?

Moderator: Professor Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School

-       Professor Paul Campos, University of Colorado Law School, The Lawyer as a Spoiled Identity.

-       Professor Bryant Garth, Southwestern Law School, Crisis Rhetoric, Crisis, and Competition: A Sociological Examination of the (Latest) Crisis of the Legal Profession and Legal Education.

-       Professor Alex Johnson, University of Virginia Law School, Knots in the Pipeline for Prospective Lawyers of Color: The LSAT is Not the Problem and Affirmative Action is Not the Answer.

-       Professor Julian Webb, University of Warwick, Regulating Lawyers in a Liberalized Legal Services Market: The Role of Education and Training.