Professor Wilkins



1986-Present     HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, 1996-present
Professor of Law, 1992-1996
Assistant Professor of Law, 1986-1992
Principal Courses: Legal Profession, Professional Service Firms in the Twenty First Century, Globalization and Diversity
2004-Present   Director of the Program on Lawyers and the Professional Service Industry
1991-Present   Director of the Program on the Legal Profession
1990-Present   Faculty Associate of the Center for Ethics and the Professions
1997-Present   AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION, Senior Researcher
Fall 1995   UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL, Visiting Professor
Fall 1995   AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION, Visiting Researcher
1989-1990   Fellow, Harvard University’s Center in Ethics and the Professions
1982-1986   NUSSBAUM, OWEN & WEBSTER, Washington, D.C.
Associate specializing in Civil Litigation
Law Clerk to the Honorable Thurgood Marshall
Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg



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)

Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession,
  Carolina Academic Press (4th ed. 2002) (with Andrew Kaufman)

Chapters in Books

Market Diversity, Diversity Marketing, and the Global Market for Legal
, in Managing Law Firms, Laura Empson, ed. (forthcoming, Oxford University Press)

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

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

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

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).

Introduction: Race in Context, in Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race by
  K. Anthony Appiah and Amy Gutmann, Princeton University Press (1996).


The State of Black Alumni: Final Report of the Harvard Black Alumni Survey
  (with Elizabeth Chambliss, Lisa Jones, and Haile Adamson) (2002)


Doing Well by Doing Good? The Role of Public Service in the Careers of
  Black Corporate Lawyers
, 41 Houston L. Rev. 1 (2004)

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 Harv. L. Rev. 1548 (2004)

A New Framework for Law Firm Discipline, 16 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 335 (2003)
  (with Elizabeth Chambliss)

The Emerging Role of Ethics Advisors, General Counsel, and other Compliance
  Specialists in Large law Firms
, 44 U. of Ariz. L. Rev. 559 (Fall/Winter 2002)
  (with Elizabeth Chambliss)

Promoting Effective "Ethical Infrastructure" in Large Law Firms: A Call for Research and Reporting, 30 Hofstra L.J. 691 (2002) (with Elizabeth Chambliss)

Professional Ethics for Lawyers and Law Schools: Interdisciplinary Education
  And the Law School's Ethical Obligation to Study and Teach About the
12 Legal Ed. Rev. 47 (Australia) (2001)

What Law Students Think They Know About Elite Law Firms: Preliminary Results of a
  Survey of Third Year Law Students
69 U. Cin. L Rev. 1213 (2001) (with G. Mitu Gulati)

Why Global Law Firms Should Care about Diversity: Five Lessons from the
  American Experience
, 2 Eur. J. L. Reform 415 (2000).

Partners Without Power? A Preliminary Look at Black Partners in Corporate
  Law Firms
, 2 J. Inst. Stud. Legal Ethics 15 (1999).

The Professional Responsibility of Professional Schools to Study and Teach
  About the Profession
, 49 J. Legal Educ. 76 (1999).

Reconceiving the Tournament of Lawyers: Tracking, Seeding, and Information
  Control in the Internal Labor Markets of Elite Law Firms
, 84 Va. L. Rev. 1581 (1998) (with G. Mitu Gulati).

Fragmenting Professionalism: Racial Identity and the Ideology of
  "Bleached Out" Lawyering
, 5 Int'l J. Legal Prof. 141 (1998).

Identities and Roles: Race, Recognition, and Professional Responsibility,
  57 Md. L. Rev. 1502 (1998).

Do Clients Have Ethical Obligations to Lawyers? Some Lessons from the
  Diversity Wars
, 11 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 855 (1998).

Why Are There So Few Black Lawyers in Corporate Law Firms?: An Institutional
84 Cal. L. Rev. 493 (1996) (with G. Mitu Gulati).

Redefining the 'Professional' in Professional Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to
  Teaching Professionalism
, 58 Law & Contemp. Probs. 241 (1995).

Race, Ethics, and the First Amendment: Should a Black Lawyer Represent the Ku Klux
, 63 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1030 (1995).

Two Paths to the Mountaintop? The Role of Legal Education in Shaping the Values of
  Black Corporate Lawyers
, 46 Stan. L. Rev. 1981 (1993).

Making Context Count: Regulating Lawyers After Kaye, Scholer,
  66 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1145 (1993).

Who Should Regulate Lawyers?, 105 Harv. L. Rev. 801 (1992).

Legal Realism for Lawyers, 104 Harv. L. Rev. 469 (1990).

Review Essays & Commentaries

A Systematic Response to Systemic Disadvantage: A Response to Sander
  57 Stan. L. Rev.1915 (2005)

Class not Race in Legal Ethics: Or Why Hierarchy Makes Strange Bed Fellows
  20 Law & Hist. Rev. 147 (2002)

Rollin' On the River: Race, Elite Schools, and the Equality Paradox, 25 L. & Soc.
527 (2000).

On Being and Black, a review of The Good Black: A True Story of Race in
by Paul M. Barrett, New York: Dutton Press. 1999, 112 Harv.
   L. Rev
. 1924 (1999).

Straightjacketing Professionalism: A Comment on Russell,
  95 Mich. L. Rev. 795 (1997).

Afterword: How Should We Determine Who Should Regulate Lawyers? -- Managing
  Conflict and Context in Professional Regulation
, 65 Fordham L. Rev. 465 (1996).

In Defense of Law and Morality: Why Lawyers Should Have a Prima Facie Duty to
  Obey the Law
, 38 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 269 (1996).

Practical Wisdom for Practicing Lawyers: Separating Ideals from Ideology in Legal
  Ethics, a review of The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession

  by Anthony T. Kronman, 108 Harv. L. Rev. 458 (1994).

Presumed Crazy: The Structure of Argument in the Hill/Thomas Hearings, 65 S. Cal.
  L. Rev
. 1517 (1992).

Newspaper & Magazine Articles and Editorials

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

Affirmative Action's Real Value to a University, The Boston Globe,
  (February 13, 2001 at A11)

The Affirmative-Action President's Dilemma, Chicago Tribune
  (February 7, 2001 at 17)

Five Reasons Why Law Firms Are Not Making Progress on Diversity,
  13 Chicago Bar Record 20 (1999).

"Each One, Teach One" (Law School Class Day Speech), Harvard Magazine
  (July –August 1998)

Charles Hamilton Houston and the Nobler Tradition of the Harvard Law Review,
  49 Harvard Law Bulletin 17 (1998)


In Memoriam: Albert M. Sacks, 105 Harv. L. Rev. 20 (1991).

Justice as Narrative: Some Personal Reflections on a Master Storyteller, 6 Harv.
  BlackLetter J
. 68 (1989) (Tribute to Thurgood Marshall).


Thurgood Marshall Lecture, Roger Williams School of Law, 2004
Pope & John Lecture, Northwestern Law School, 2004
Frankel Lecture, University of Houston Law Center, 2003
Wythe Lecture, William & Mary School of Law, 2002
Martin Luther King Day Lecture, Seattle Bar Association, 2002
Van Arsdell Lecture, Univ. of Illinois School of Law, 2002
Allen Siegel Lecture, Duke Law School, 2002
Arthur W. Fiske Lecture, Case Western Reserve School of Law, 2001
Martin Luther King Lecture, Vanderbilt Law School, 2001
Iredell Lecture in Law and History, Lancaster University, England, 2000.
W.M Keck Lecture, Georgetown Law Center, 1998.
Stuart Rome Lecture, University of Maryland, 1997.
Francis X. Reilly Lecture on Professionalism, 1997.
Tanner Lecture (Commentator), Stanford University, 1995.
The Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Lecture Series, Boalt School of Law, 1995.
W.M. Keck Lecture, University of Texas Law School, 1995.
Lynn J. Gould Memorial Lecture, University of Vermont, 1994.
Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Service and Ethics, Third Annual, West Virginia Law School, 1993.


Albert Sacks-Paul Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, 1998


1977-1980 HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D. with Honors
Harvard Law Review (1978-1980)
Supreme Court Officer (1979-1980)
Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review (1977-1978)
Harvard Black Law Students Association (1977-1978)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Scholarship (1979-1980)
Legal Methods Instructor (1978 and 1979)
1973-1977 HARVARD COLLEGE, B.A. with Honors
John Harvard Scholar (1974-1975)
Harvard College Scholar (1973-1974, 1975-1977)
Dean's List (1973-1977)


After the JD, Research Steering Committee, 1997 -
Open Society Institute, Program on Law & Society, Advisory Board
   Chair, 1999-2000;  Member 1998-2000
Law and Society Association, Board of Directors, 1994-1997
American Association of Law Schools
   Civil Procedure Section; Executive Committee 1991-1993; Chair 1992-1993
   Professional Responsibility Section; Executive Committee 1991-1992
American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals of the Second
   Circuit (1988) Member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the
   District of Columbia Circuit (1984)


District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Columbia