Proposed Law and Society Papers for LSA Annual Meeting

Montreal (May 2008)


1.   Globalized Legal Services

2.   Lawyer Professionalism and the Public Interest

3.   Perceptions and Reality of What Lawyers Actually Do

4.   Drivers of Contemporary Law Firm Culture

5.   Micro and Macroeconomic Analysis of the Contemporary Legal Market Place

6.   Patent Lawyers

7.   Insights on Gender and Racial Diversity in Law Firms

8.   Lawyer and Law Firm Management, Regulation and Bureaucratization

9.   Lawyers and Legal Education

For a list of papers by author, see here.

Proposed Panel #1: Globalized Legal Services [top]

      Session 47698, Chair/Discussant: Mark Suchman, Wisconsin Sociology


“Global Legal Services: Combining Market Access with Regulatory Agreement?”

      Chris Arup (Monash Univ Business Law)

"Variations on a Theme: Global Strategies of US Law Firms"

Carole Silver (Northwestern Law) & Nicole DeBruin (Northwestern Law)


“Geographic and Network Analysis of NLJ 250 and Am Law 200 Firms”

      Arthur Alderson (Indiana Sociology) & William Henderson (Indiana Law)

Proposed Panel #2: Lawyer Professionalism and the Public Interest [top]

      Session 47699, Chair/Discussant: Scott Cummings, UCLA Law


"Elite Law Firms and Social Movements: A Relational Analysis of Large Firm Pro Bono"

      Steve Boutcher (UC Irvine Sociology) 


“Markets for Lawyers? Services as Sources of Pro Bono Lawyering”

      Rebecca L. Sandefur (Stanford Sociology)  

"The Role of Corporate Lawyers in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility"

John Conley (UNC Law)

“Pro Bono and Low Bono in the Solo and Small Firm Context"

      Leslie Levin (Univ. Connecticut Law)

“Unpacking Incivility in the Legal Profession”

      Sara Parikh (Leo J. Shapiro & Associates, LLC)

Proposed Panel #3: Perceptions and Reality of What Lawyers Actually Do [top]

      Session 47700, Chair/Discussant: Fiona Kay, Queen’s Univ. Sociology


“The Use of Undercover Agents by Law Societies to Gather Evidence Against Un-authorized Practitioners: ‘Reprehensible Tactics and Outright Deception’?”

      Joan Brockman (Simon Fraser Univ.)

“Lawyers in the News: How Lawyers Appear on Local Television News Broadcasts"?

Bert Kritzker (William Mitchell Law)


“It's the Law, Stupid! Damage Caps and Decreases in Medical Malpractice Filings"

      Stephen Daniels (ABF) & Joanne Martin (ABF)


"How the Culture of Risk Taking and the Practice of Risk Management Fit Together for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Lawyers"

      Jerry Van Hoy (Toledo Sociology)

Proposed Panel #4: Drivers of Contemporary Law Firm Culture [top]

      Session 47701, Chair/Discussant: Rob Rosen, Miami Law


“Three Takes on Law Firm Culture”

      Elizabeth Chambliss (New York Law School)


“Taxes and Death: The Rise and Demise of Jenkens & Gilchrist”

      Mitt Regan (Georgetown Law)


“Regulatory Craftmanship”

      Victor Fleischer (Illinois Law)


“‘Battle of the Forms’: How Biglaw and Corporate America Bargain over the Terms of Legal Engagements”

      John Steele (Fish & Richardson, P.C.)


Proposed Panel #5: Micro and Macroeconomic Analysis of the Contemporary Legal Market [top]

      Session 47703, Chair/Discussant: Jack Heinz, Northwestern Law

[Placeholder for paper on labor markets & job mobility]

Ronit Dinowitzer (Toronto Sociology) & John Hagan (Northwestern Sociology / ABF)

“The Elastic Tournament: A Second Transformation of the Big Law Firm”

      Marc Galanter (Wisconsin Law / LSE) & William Henderson (Indiana Law)


“Drivers of Superior Law Firm Performance”

      Ashish, Nanda (Harvard Law) & Dan DiPietro (Citigroup Private Bank)

“The End of the Lawyer Boom" 

      Richard Sander (UCLA Law)

“The Professionalization of Law Firm Management”

      Elizabeth Chambliss (New York Law School)

Proposed Panel #6: [In conjunction with Intellectual Property CRN]: Patent Lawyers [top]

      Session 47705, Chair/Discussant: TBA

“Strategic Patent Prosecution: Patent Lawyers, Their Clients, and Practice Before the USPTO”

William Gallagher (Golden Gate Law)


[qualitative analysis of Community of Patent Lawyers]

      Lynn Mather (SUNY Buffalo)


“Where the Action Is: Using Patent Attorney Practice Locations to Identify Regional centers of Commercially Significant Innovation”

      Richard Gruner (John Marshall Law)

Proposed Panel #7: Insights on Gender and Racial Diversity in Law Firms [top]

      Session 47706, Chair/Discussant: Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, CUNY Graduate College (Sociology)


“Gender and the Legal Profession: The Michigan Alumni Data Set 1967-2000"

Ken Dau-Schmidt (Indiana Law) Marc Galanter (Wisconsin Law / LSE) Kaushik Mukhopadhaya (Emory Economics) & Kathleen Hull (Minnesota Sociology)


"Law Firm Characteristics and Women and Minority Partners"

      Elizabeth Gorman (Virginia Sociology)


[Placeholder for Qualitative Analysis of AJD Minority Interviews]

      Joyce Sterling (Denver Law)


“Professional Monopolies and Divisive Practices in Law: Women Notaires and Avocates in Civil Law Canada”

      Fiona Kay (Queens Univ. Sociology)


Proposed Panel #8: Lawyer and Law Firm Management, Regulation and Bureaucratization [top]

      Session 47708, Chair/Discussant: Carroll Seron, UC-Irvine Sociology


"Specialisation - Quality vs Closure: Commencing the Incommensurable?"

      Richard Moorhead (Cardiff Law)


“The Two-faces of Clients and Lawyers: Demand and Supply-side Effects in the Market for Corporate Compliance Legal Services”

Christine E. Parker (Univ. of Melbourne Law) Robert Eli Rosen (Miami Law) & Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen (Univ. of Aarhus, Political Science)


"The Growth of in-House Legal Departments and Outside Legal Fees"

      Tanina Rostain (New York Law School)


“Stand Aside Ma’am, We’re Professionls: An Empirical Analysis of Changes in Lawyer Representation Post BAPCPA”

      Bruce Price (Univ. of San Francisco Law)


Proposed Panel #9: Lawyers and Legal Education [top]

      Chair/Discussant: Lauren Robel, Indiana Law


"Law School Clinics as Legal Service Providers"

      Stephen Daniels (ABF) & Joanne Martin (ABF)


"Explaining the Nexus Between Law School and Law Firm Labor Markets"

      William Henderson (Indiana Law) & Andrew Morriss (Illinois Law)


“Class in American Legal Education"

      Richard Sander (UCLA Law)


"Graduate Legal Education as a Mechanism of Mobility"

      Carole Silver (Northwestern Law)