Professor Wilkins


David B. Wilkins is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law and the Director of both the Program on the Legal Profession and the Program on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Center in Ethics and the Professions. Since joining the Harvard faculty in 1986, Professor Wilkins has written extensively on the legal profession, with an emphasis on the experiences of black lawyers in corporate law firms. He is the author of The Black Bar: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the Future of Race and the American Legal Profession (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession, (Carolina Press 4th ed. 2002) (along with Andrew Kaufman), and more than 40 articles on legal ethics, law firms, and the legal profession in books, law reviews, and in the legal and popular press. Currently, Professor Wilkins is working on a project titled After the JD, a nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers' careers, and an empirical investigation into how corporations purchase legal services. Professor Wilkins is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court and Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Harvard's faculty, Professor Wilkins was an associate at the law firm of Nussbaum Owen & Webster in Washington, D.C.