David B. Wilkins

Lester Kissel Professor of Law

Director, Center on the Legal Profession

Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession

Representative Publications

Bibliography


Books


Kaufman, Andrew L. & David B. Wilkins. Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession (Carolina Academic Press 5th ed. 2009).
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Wilkins, David B. The Black Bar: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the Future of Race and the American Legal Profession (Oxford University Press forthcoming).


Shorter Works in Collection


Wilkins, David B. "Why Global Law Firms Should Care About Diversity: Five Lessons from the American Experience" in The Internationalization of the Practice of Law (J. Drolshammer & M. Pfeifer eds., Kluwer Law International, 2001).

Wilkins, David B. "Law Firms" in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Neil J. Smelser & Paul B. Baltes eds., Pergamon, Oxford, 2001).

Wilkins, David B. "Beyond ?Bleached Out? Professionalism: Defining Professional Responsibility for Real Professionals" in Ethics in Practice: Lawyers? Roles, Responsibilities, and Regulation (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Wilkins, David B. "Everyday Practice Is the Troubling Case: Confronting Context in Legal Ethics" in Everyday Practice and Trouble Cases (Northwestern University Press, 1998).

Wilkins, David B. "Social Engineers or Corporate Tools? Brown v. Board of Education and the Conscience of the Black Corporate Bar" in Race, Law and Culture: Reflections on Brown v. Board of Education (Austin Sarat ed., Oxford University Press, 1997).

Wilkins, David B. "Introduction: Race in Context" in Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (K. Anthony Appiah & Amy Gutmann, Princeton University Press, 1996).


Articles in a Periodical


Heineman, Jr., Ben W. & David B. Wilkins. "Too Hot To Handle? How to evaluate a partner's wish to represent a controversial client--before taking on the case," American Lawyer, July 1, 2011.
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Coates, John C., Michele deStefano, David B. Wilkins & Ashish Nanda. "Hiring Teams, Firms and Lawyer: Evidence of the Evolving Relationships in the Corporate Legal Market," 36 Law and Social Inquiry 999 (2011).

Wilkins, David B. "Rethinking the Public-Private Distinction in Legal Ethics: The Case of "Substitute" Attorneys General," 2010 Michigan Law Review 423 (2010).

Stein, Michael Ashley, Michael Evan Waterstone & David B. Wilkins. "Cause Lawyering for People with Disabilities," 123 Harvard Law Review 1658 (2010) (reviewing Samuel R. Bagenstos, Yale University Press, Law and the Contradictions of the Disability Rights Movement (2009)).

Wilkins, David B. "Team of Rivals? Toward a New Model of the Corporate Attorney-Client Relationship," 78 Fordham Law Review 2067 (2010).

Wilkins, David B. "The New Social Engineers in the Age of Obama: Black Corporate Lawyers and the Making of the First Black President," 53 Howard Law Journal 557 (2010).

Wilkins, David B. "If You Can't Join 'em Beat 'em! The Rise and Fall of the Black Corporate Law Firm," 60 Stan. L. Rev. 1733 (2008).

Wilkins, David B., Ronit Dinovitzer & Rishi Batra. "Urban Law School Graduates in Large Law Firms," 36 Southwest University Law Review 433 (2007).

Wilkins, David B. "Partner Shmartner! EEOC v. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood," 120 Harv. L. Rev. 1264 (2007).

Wilkins, David B. "Lessons From Legal History," 51 The European Lawyer 25 (2005).

Wilkins, David B. "A Systematic Response to Systemic Disadvantage: A Response to Sander," 57 Stan. L. Rev. 1915 (2005).

Wilkins, David B. "Doing Well by Doing Good? The Role of Public Service in the Careers of Black Corporate Lawyers," 41 Houston Law Review 1 (2004).
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Wilkins, David B. "From 'Separate is Inherently Unequal' to 'Diversity is Good for Business': The Rise of Market-Based Diversity Arguments and the Fate of the Black Corporate Bar," 117 Harvard Law Review 1548 (2004).
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Wilkins, David B. & Elizabeth Chamblis. "A New Framework for Law Firm Discipline," 16 Georgia Journal of Legal Ethics 335 (2003).
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Wilkins, David B. "The Emerging Role of Ethics Advisors, General Counsel, and other Compliance Specialists in Large Law Firms," 44 University of Arizona Law Review 559 (2002).
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Wilkins, David B. & Elizabeth Chambliss. "Promoting Effective 'Ethical Infrastructure' in Large Law Firms: A Call for Research and Reporting," 30 Hofstra Law Journal 691 (2002).
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Wilkins, David B. "Class Not Race in Legal Ethics: Or Why Hierarchy Makes Strange Bed Fellows," 20 Law and History Review 147 (2002).
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Wilkins, David B. "Professional Ethics for Lawyers and Law Schools: Interdisciplinary Education and the Law School?s Ethical Obligation to Study and Teach About the Profession," 12 Legal Eductation Review 47 (2001).

Wilkins, David B. & G. Mitu Gulati. "What Law Students Think They Know About Elite Law Firms: Preliminary Results of a Survey of Third Year Law Students," 69 University of Cincinati Law Review 1213 (2001).
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Wilkins, David B. "Why Global Law Firms Should Care about Diversity: Five Lessons from the American Experience," 2 European Journal of Law Reform 415 (2000).
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Wilkins, David B. "Rollin? On the River: Race, Elite Schools, and the Equality Paradox," 25 Law and Social Inquiry 527 (2000).
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Wilkins, David B. "Partners Without Power? A Preliminary Look at Black Partners in Corporate Law Firms," 2 Journal for the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics 15 (1999).
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Wilkins, David B. "The Professional Responsibility of Professional Schools to Study and Teach About the Profession," 49 Journal of Legal Education 76 (1999).
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Wilkins, David B. "On Being Good and Black," 112 Harvard Law Review 1924 (1999) (reviewing Paul M. Barrett, New York: Dutton Press, The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America ).
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Wilkins, David B. & Mitu G. Gulati. "Reconceiving the Tournament of Lawyers: Tracking, Seeding, and Information Control in the Internal Labor Markets of Elite Law Firms," 84 Virginia Law Review 1581 (1998).
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Wilkins, David B. "Fragmenting Professionalism: Racial Identity and the Ideology of 'Bleached Out' Lawyering," 5 International Journal of the Legal Profession 141 (1998).

Wilkins, David B. "Identities and Roles: Race, Recognition, and Professional Responsibility," 57 Maryland Law Review 1502 (1998).
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Wilkins, David B. "Do Clients Have Ethical Obligations to Lawyers? Some Lessons from the Diversity Wars," 11 Georgia Journal of Legal Ethics 855 (1998).
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Wilkins, David B. "Straightjacketing Professionalism: A Comment on Russell," 95 Michigan Law Review 795 (1997).
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Wilkins, David B. & Mitu G. Gulati. "Why Are There So Few Black Lawyers in Corporate Law Firms?: An Institutional Analysis," 84 California Law Review 493 (1996).
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Wilkins, David B. "Afterword: How Should We Determine Who Should Regulate Lawyers? -- Managing Conflict and Context in Professional Regulation," 65 Fordham Law Review 465 (1996).
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Wilkins, David B. "In Defense of Law and Morality: Why Lawyers Should Have a Prima Facie Duty to Obey the Law," 38 William & Mary Law Review 269 (1996).
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Wilkins, David B. "Redefining the 'Professional' in Professional Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Professionalism," 58 Law and Contemporary Problems 241 (1995).
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Wilkins, David B. "Race, Ethics, and the First Amendment: Should a Black Lawyer Represent the Ku Klux Klan?" 63 George Washington Law Review 1030 (1995).
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Wilkins, David B. "Practical Wisdom for Practicing Lawyers: Separating Ideals from Ideology in Legal Ethics," 108 Harvard Law Review 458 (1994) (reviewing Anthony T. Kronman, The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession ).

Wilkins, David B. "Two Paths to the Mountaintop? The Role of Legal Education in Shaping the Values of Black Corporate Lawyers," 46 Stanford Law Review 1981 (1993).

Wilkins, David B. "Making Context Count: Regulating Lawyers After Kaye, Scholer," 66 Southern California Law Review 1145 (1993).

Wilkins, David B. "Who Should Regulate Lawyers?" 105 Harvard Law Review 801 (1992).

Wilkins, David B. "Presumed Crazy: The Structure of Argument in the Hill/Thomas Hearings," 65 Southern California Law Review 1517 (1992).

Wilkins, David B. "Legal Realism for Lawyers," 104 Harvard Law Review 469 (1990).

Wilkins, David B. "Justice as Narrative: Some Personal Reflections on a Master Storyteller," 6 Harvard Blackletter Journal 68 (1989).


Articles in a Newspaper


Wilkins, David B. & Ben Heineman. "Big Firm Associates: A Lost Generation?" American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazines, January 2008.

Wilkins, David B. "Good Work: on professional norms and treacherous temptation of 'moral freedom'," Harvard Magazine, 2004 (reviewing Fischman, et. al., Making Good: How Young People Cope with Moral Dilemmas at Work ).

Wilkins, David B. "Affirmative Action?s Real Value to a University," The Boston Globe, February 13, 2001, at A11.

Wilkins, David B. "The Affirmative-Action President?s Dilemma," Chicago Tribune, February 7, 2001, at 17.

Wilkins, David B. "Five Reasons Why Law Firms Are Not Making Progress on Diversity," Chicago Bar Record, 1999.

Wilkins, David B. "Each One, Teach One," Harvard Magazine, July/August 1998.

Wilkins, David B. "Charles Hamilton Houston and the Nobler Tradition of the Harvard Law Review," Harvard Law Bulletin, 1998.


Reports or Studies


Wilkins, David B., Elizabeth Chambliss, Lisa Jones & Haile Adamson. "The State of Black Alumni: Final Report of the Harvard Black Alumni Survey" (2002).


Presentations


Wilkins, David B. The Louis W. & Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Lecture, Smith College (2004).

Wilkins, David B. Thurgood Marshall Lecture, Roger Williams School of Law (2004).

Wilkins, David B. Pope & John Lecture, Northwestern Law School (2004).

Wilkins, David B. Frankel Lecture, University of Houston Law Center (2003).

Wilkins, David B. Wythe Lecture, William & Mary School of Law (2002).

Wilkins, David B. Martin Luther King Day Lecture, Seattle Bar Association (2002).

Wilkins, David B. Van Arsdell Lecture, University of Illinois School of Law (2002).

Wilkins, David B. Allen Siegel Lecture, Duke Law School (2002).

Wilkins, David B. Arthur W. Fiske Lecture, Case Western Reserve School of Law (2001).

Wilkins, David B. Martin Luther King Lecture, Vanderbilt Law School (2001).

Wilkins, David B. Iredell Lecture in Law and History, Lancaster University, England (2000).

Wilkins, David B. W.M Keck Lecture, Georgetown Law Center (1998).

Wilkins, David B. Stuart Rome Lecture, University of Maryland (1997).

Wilkins, David B. Francis X. Reilly Lecture on Professionalism (1997).

Wilkins, David B. Tanner Lecture (Commentator), Stanford University (1995).

Wilkins, David B. The Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Lecture Series, Boalt School of Law (1995).

Wilkins, David B. W.M. Keck Lecture, University of Texas Law School (1995).

Wilkins, David B. Lynn J. Gould Memorial Lecture, University of Vermont (1994).

Wilkins, David B. Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Service and Ethics, Third Annual, West Virginia Law School (1993).


Internet Publications


Wilkins, David B. Why Law Firms are not Making Progress on Diversity: Five Lessons from the American Experience (2007).
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Miscellaneous Publications


Coates, John C., Michele Stefano Beardslee, Ashish Nanda, Erik Ramanathan, Corporate Purchasing Project: How S&P Companies Evaluate Outside Counsel (Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession, 2011).

Representative Publications