Harvard Law professor David Wilkins to speak about diversity and changing relationships between companies, law firms

David Wilkins

David Wilkins

David Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will give a free, public lecture, “What Diversity Can Teach Us About the Changing Relationship Between Companies and Law Firms, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis.

Wilkins, who has taught at Harvard Law since 1986 and since 1991 has directed its Program on the Legal Profession, focuses his scholarship on law practices and diversity. A fifth edition of a book he co-authored, Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession, was published last year by Carolina Academic Press. Among is current projects are a book, The Black Bar: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the Future of Race and the American Legal Profession, forthcoming from Oxford University Press; “After the JD,” a 10-year nationwide longitudinal study of  lawyer’s careers; and an examination of how corporations purchase legal services, which he will discuss in his presentation.

Following Wilkins’ remarks, panelists Rick Palmore, general counsel at General Mills, and Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Wilhelmina Wright will respond. A question-and-answer session follow.

Elimination of Bias CLE credits have been applied for. Attendees are asked to RSVP to holloranctr@stthomas.edu or call (651) 962-4920.

Wilkins’ presentation is one of the Medtronic Business and Law Roundtables and the annual Fredrikson & Byron Distinguished Lecture in honor of John P. Byron, sponsored by St. Thomas’ Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions. This event also is co-sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, an association of 22 law firms and 14 corporate legal departments with mission to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities legal community.