Australia: Corrs welcomes renowned Harvard Professor to Australia to offer clients ‘Leadership in Corporate Counsel' program
Last Updated: 19 November 2016

Australia's leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has offered clients a unique opportunity to participate in a Harvard University program delivered on site in the firm's Australian offices.

Facilitated by Professor David Wilkins, across three states, the Leadership in Corporate Counsel program addressed key issues for General Counsels.

Participants enjoyed a robust program featuring discussion on all the challenges that GCs face in their roles, the internal service provider's dilemma and the future of in-house legal departments in the global age of more for less.

"We see it as our responsibility to help our clients see around corners and navigate the issues that will challenge them now and in the future," said Corrs Partner and CEO John W.H. Denton.

"David is renowned for his critical thinking around the effectiveness of in house legal teams, and we were delighted to connect him with our clients to help them navigate the key issues and significant industry developments impacting them," Mr Denton added.

In-line with the Harvard program he runs, Professor Wilkins addressed key issues during the Leadership in Corporate Counsel program, including:

  • Aligning the general counsel function with the business
  • Hiring developing, and retaining top professionals
  • Managing complex challenges such as data privacy/cyber security as well as the many conflicting priorities that GCs face
  • How to build better and more collaborative relationships with outside firms
  • Understanding the disruptive innovation that is reshaping the global legal services market


Professor Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.

Professor Wilkins has written over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field.

His current scholarly projects include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (where he directs over 50 researchers studying the impact of globalization on the market for legal services in rapidly developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe); After the JD (a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers' careers); The Harvard Law School Career Study (examining, among other things, differences in the experiences of male and female graduates and the careers of lawyers who do not practice law); and The New Social Engineers (charting the historical development and current experiences of black lawyers in corporate law practice).

Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers including The Legal Profession, Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century, and Challenges of a General Counsel. In 2007, he co-founded Harvard Law School's Executive Education Program, where he teaches in several courses including Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel.

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