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The Case Development Initiative uses interviews, data, and research to develop written and video summaries of strategic and organizational issues that law and other professional service firms face. Cases are intended for use in a variety of settings including law schools, business schools, executive education, and in-house programs. This initiative is partially funded by a generous grant from Dechert LLP.
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A Lawyer and Partner, and Also Bankrupt
Professor Scott Westfahl
January 2014
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Lessons, legal services, and luminosity - Case in Point: The Lessons of Failure
Professor Ashish Nanda
Summer 2013
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Wake up, shareholders! Your rights may be in danger: Frankel
Professor John Coates
June 2013
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The Old Rules No Longer Apply on The NLJ 350
Professor Wilkins
June 2013
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A Place for Lawyers to Learn Executive Skills
Professor Ashish Nanda
May 2013
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Idaho's country lawyers a rare, and busy, breed
Professor Wilkins
May 2013
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Legal Careers in Global Age of More for Less: Insights from Professor David Wilkins of Harvard Law
Professor Wilkins
May 2013
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Female HLS Graduates Enter a Job Market Dominated by Men
Professor Wilkins
May 2013
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Professor John Coates' Legal Start-Up Case Studies Inspire Students
Post Date: March 2013

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Law Students Attend Harvard's First Class on GCs
Professors Heineman and Wilkins
October 2012
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NYC Bar Task Force to Study Legal Market
Professor Wilkins
July 2012
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Can you teach a GC new tricks?
Post Date: July 2012

Keep the [Socratic] Method, Not the Focus
Professor Wilkins in The New York Times
December 2011
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Executive Education: Partners In Law
November 2011
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Too Few Lawyers in America
October 2011
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Lawyers Who Lost their Jobs Quickly Land On Their Feet
September 2011
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Size Matters on a Global Stage: An Interview with David Harris, co-chief executive, Hogan Lovells
May 2011
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Percentage of British Firms Using LPOs Has Tripled in the Last Two Years
May 2011
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When Firms Fall, Rivals “Show No Mercy,” Which “Is Just Part of the Business”
Post Date: March 2011

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Creates “Fellows Program” to Mentor Promising Leaders
Post Date: March 2011

Senator Proposes Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms
Post Date: March 2011

Harvard Law School Partners with Milbank
February 2011
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Indian Law Firms Serve as “Gatekeepers” between Foreign Law Firms and Indian Companies
Post Date: February 2011

 

Featured Cases:

Ellen Harvey
Author(s): Ashish Nanda, Das Narayandas, Mike Mister and Nicholas Semi Haas
Publication Date: June 20, 2013

As Ellen Harvey, partner at global accounting giant Bright & Wolff, reflects on how she has developed a successful practice at the firm, she recalls how much of her success is due to the to the mentoring she had received from her senior partner Tom Barrow.

IBM's Hostile Bid for Lotus
Author(s): John Coates
Publication Date: February 4, 2013

IBM's 1995 hostile bid for Lotus remains a classic example of dynamics of a modern takeover fight, particularly in combination with the related case, Hilton's Hostile Bid for ITT (A). Utilizing the counsel of premier investment banks and law firms, Lotus and its management is faced with an all-out, high-premium all-cash bid from IBM, along with litigation, a consent solicitation, a public relations war, and an employee-relations' war. IBM is bidding from a position of strength, but Lotus has key resources, including its star programmer, Ray Ozzie. The case presents Lotus's advisors with the task of quickly analyzing IBM's bid, Lotus's current defenses and possible options, and making a recommendation on how to respond.

Hewlett Packard and Mark Hurd (A)
Author(s): Ashish Nanda, Nicholas Semi Haas
Publication Date: November 26, 2012

On June 29, 2010, Hewlett Packardís (HP) highly successful CEO Mark Hurd received a letter from a lawyer alleging he had sexually harassed a former HP contractor. Hurd shared the letter with HPís general counsel Michael Holston. The case series follows the general counselís and the HP boardís decision-making process as they coped with the scandal.

 
   


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