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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 to 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.

 

 

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

 

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