Archive for July, 2008

Lawyers and Clients

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 15:43

I am revising a paper I submitted a while ago to the Journal of Law and Society on lawyer-client relationships. The argument is that while we conventionally view lawyer-client relationships as a dyads, they are in fact more complex. This is especially so in relation to lawyers’ clients who are borrowing money from banks to […]






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Was Clementi the First?

Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 13:15

The Clementi proposals in the Legal Services Act 2007 are radical. Alternative business structures will usher in “Tesco Law” and “Goldman Sachs Skadden”. I’ve been doing some archival research lately and found that these ideas were first proposed 23 years ago in 1985 by Steven Brill in The American Lawyer. In one of the most […]






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Globalization of Crime

Saturday, July 19th, 2008 at 17:44

I am teaching my Miami Law School summer class in London right now. And this year I decided to include in my Global Lawyering class a small section on the globalization of crime. I wanted to include David Cronenberg’s excellent movie, Eastern Promises, with Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, which shows the activities of the […]






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If You've Been a Government Bigwig, What Do You Do Afterwards?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 20:22

My question is prompted by Lord Falconer’s recent hooking up with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as “senior counsel”. That means he isn’t a partner but looks like one. Gibson’s PEP is running at $1.9m. He is going to become a member of the firm’s dispute resolution team. He is one of a line that is […]






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