Plenary Session: Changes in Legal Profession and Regulation:
The world in which our graduates practice is rapidly evolving. Major changes in the legal profession raise important questions about the future of legal education. These changes reflect long term trends, such as increasing globalization and cross-border practice, advances in technology, and a shift from internal to external sources of regulation and policing of professional misconduct. In turn, these interrelated changes raise important questions about the future, not only regarding how law will be practiced and what professional skills our students will need, but also how law schools will operate and how professionals dedicated to legal education will teach and otherwise conceive of their missions. The panelists in this plenary which includes both practitioners and law professors, bring a mix of perspectives on the changing market for legal services. The plenary will explore these developments as they relate to large firm practice, holistic representation of indigent individuals facing state prosecution, corporate counsel working in-house at multinational corporations seeking least-cost providers of legal services and the evolving requirements of the regulatory backdrop.