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The Legal Profession's Monopoly on the Practice of Law


The Stein Center and the Fordham Law Review hosted a one-day colloquium on October 18, 2013 at Fordham Law School.


The legal profession’s monopoly on the practice of law continues to raise a host of ethical, practical and theoretical questions. What are the unique challenges to the unauthorized practice of law in the age of e-lawyering and web-based legal services?  Are new approaches to fee-splitting, advertising and attorney-client relationships needed in the internet age?  What, if any, lessons can we learn from new international models of alternative business structures?  What is the relationship between lawyers’ monopoly and insufficient access to legal services? Is a new response needed by educational institutions to the expansion of law-related work by non-lawyers? The colloquium will bring together scholars who are thinking about these and other issues from various perspectives, with the aim of collectively grappling with these difficult and timely questions.


Participants included Benjamin Barton (University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law), Michele DeStefano (University of Miami School of Law), Bridgette Dunlap (Fordham Law School), John Dzienkowski (University of Texas at Austin School of Law), Renee Newman Knake (Michigan State University College of Law), Leslie C. Levin (University of Connecticut School of Law), John McGinnis (Northwestern Law), Thomas Morgan (George Washington University Law School), Lisa Nicholson (University of Louisville School of Law), Paul Paton (University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law), Russell Pearce (Fordham Law School), Deborah Rhode (Stanford Law School), Laurel Rigertas (Northern Illinois University College of Law), John Sahl (Akron Law), Anthony Sebok (Cardozo Law), Carole Silver (Indiana University Maurer School of Law), Laurel Terry (Penn State Law), and Jessica Dixon Weaver (Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law).

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