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Globalization, Technology and Transforming the Practice of Law

April 8, 2011

Ethics 20/20 — Globalization, Technology and Transforming the Practice of Law

What impact are the twin challenges of globalization and technology having on the ways in which legal services are delivered and regulated? What are the threats? What are the ethical implications, and how is the market for legal services being transformed in the United States and internationally? This Symposium brought together experts in the academy, regulatory and practice environments for a half-day dialogue on issues such as the role of technology and the rise of the "virtual law office;" the competitive challenges to lawyers of alternative providers and client self-help; the constitutional and ethical implications of passive and corporate investment in law firms; and the market for law in the new global economy.

The event, supported by the Sierra Health Foundation, was chaired by Professor Paul D. Paton, Director, Ethics Across the Professions Initiative, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Listen to Paul Paton's interview on Capital Public Radio's INSIGHT program on April 6, 2011.

Topics included

  • Law for a Flat World: Legal Infrastructure and the New Economy
  • Democratizing the Delivery of Legal Services: On Corporate Ownership of Law Firms
  • The Promise of Technology: New Challenges and Opportunities for Delivering Legal Services

MCLE CREDIT

This program has been approved for Ethics MCLE credit by The State Bar of California for 3.25 hours. Pacific McGeorge School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.