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Second Annual Henry G. Manne Law & Economics Conference, "Unlocking the Law: Building on the Work of Larry Ribstein"

Event Date: Friday, November 9, 2012

Location: George Mason University School of Law3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Program Description:  In a series of influential and provocative articles, Professor Larry Ribstein examined the forces behind the recent upheaval in the market for legal services.  These forces included increased global competition, changes in the demand for legal services resulting from the expanded role of the in-house counsel, and the expanded use of technology.  His analysis showed that changes in the market for legal services were not just the result of a cyclical downturn in the economy.  Rather, the profound changes in the market reflected building competitive pressures that exposed the flaws in the business model used by large firms to provide legal services.  His recent writings also examined the broader implications of this upheaval for legal education, the private production of law, and whether legal innovation will be hindered by or hasten the demise of the current system of professional regulation of lawyers.

Professor Ribstein passed away suddenly on December 24, 2011.  In the wake of the terrible loss of their close friend and colleague, Professors Henry Butler and Bruce Kobayashi (along with several other colleagues at Mason Law) have decided to honor Larry through a conference designed to capture and expand on the spirit of Larry's recent work.  The Unlocking the Law Conference seeks to advance these goals by inviting legal scholars to present their views and engage in a vibrant discussion about the present and future of the market for legal services. The panels at this conference will showcase 14 papers written specifically for this occasion and presented to the public for the first time.

For background information, you might want to visit Truth on the Market, which held an online symposium on this topic on September 19 and 20, 2011.

 

Agenda

 

The Future of Legal Services and Legal Education

Henry G. Manne, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ave Maria School of Law; Dean Emeritus, George Mason University School of Law

John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law

 


 

Deregulating Legal Services

Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Gillian K. Hadfield, Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Nuno Garoupa, Professor and H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law; Co-Director, Illinois Program on Law, Behavior, and Social Science

 


 

Law Firms and Competition Between Lawyers

William D. Henderson, Professor of Law and Van Nolan Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession

Benjamin H. Barton, Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law

Daniel Currell, Executive Director, Legal & Risk Compliance Practice, CEB, Inc.

M. Todd Henderson, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

 


 

Reputation, Fiduciary Duties, and Agency Costs

Clifford Winston, Senior Fellow, Economics Studies, Brooking Institution

Michael H. Bradley, F.M. Kirby Professor of Investment Banking Emeritus, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Mitu Gulati, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Irving A. De Lira Salvatierra, Graduate Student, Department of Economics, Duke University

Jason Scott Johnston, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law and Nicholas E. Chimicles Research Professor in Business Law and Regulation, University of Virginia School of Law

 


 

Private Lawmaking and Adjudication

Robert G. Bone, G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Barry E. Adler, Bernard Petrie Professor of Law and Business and Associate Dean for Information Systems and Technology, New York University School of Law

Erin O'Hara O'Connor, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

Peter B. Rutledge, Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law, University of Georgia Law School

 

For More Information, Contact: Henry G. Manne Programs
703.993.8382
jsmithq@gmu.edu

 

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