David Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also the Faculty Director of the School’s Program on the Legal Profession and Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry, as well as, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.
Wilkins has written over 60 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 case books in the field. His current scholarly projects on the profession include After the J.D., a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers, a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services, an empirical project on the development of “ethical infrastructure” in large law firms based on a series of focus groups with leading practitioners and regulators, and over 200 in-depth interviews in connection with a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on the development of the black corporate bar.
Wilkins also teaches several courses on lawyers and other related professionals, including the country’s only four credit course on the Legal Profession, a course entitled “Professional Service Firms in the Twenty First Century,” seminars on The Future of the Large Law Firm and Cause Lawyers, and an introductory lecture for all first year students on the legal profession and careers. Professor Wilkins is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, law firms and other professional service organizations, and bar groups both in the United States and around the world. He is also a member of Harvard University’s Task Force on Professional Schools.