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Stanford Center On The Legal Profession - Now Open

Publication Date: 
January 30, 2009
National Post
Mitch Kowalski

Dean Larry Kramer and Professor Deborah L. Rhode are quoted in the Canadian National Post's Legal Post in a story about the opening of the Center of the Legal Profession:

Stanford Law School has created the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession (CLP), a center dedicated to advancing research, teaching, and policy on crucial issues facing the legal profession. The mission of the CLP is to stimulate new research and teaching, expand public understanding, and promote policy reforms in three key areas: Professional Responsibility, The Lives of Lawyers and Leadership Development.

"The last generation has brought profound changes to the legal profession, raising concerns about the culture of legal practice, the effectiveness of bar regulation, the delivery of legal services, particularly to low-income consumers, and the role of lawyers in public policy, public service, and corporate governance," said Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and CLP's founding director. "Yet these issues have received far too little focus in academic institutions. There are only three other centers on the legal profession at major law schools. Stanford's new center will be unparalleled in its scope and focus, supporting research, curricular initiatives, policy work, and public programs on a wide range of issues affecting the profession."

"The Center on the Legal Profession comes at a time when the need to develop alternative ways to practice law and to structure a legal practice is critically important to the future of the profession," said Larry Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor and Dean.

It is likely that Stanford's Graduate School of Business, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, and the Stanford Center on Ethics will all play a role in the CLP.

The question remains, where is the Canadian equivalent?