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Senior Fellows

Benjamin Heineman
Distinguished Senior Fellow

Mr. Heineman is a distinguished senior fellow at the Program on the Legal Profession, senior fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance, and senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Heineman is also a member of the guest faculty at Harvard Law School Executive Education. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1965), a former Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (1967 - graduate degree/political science), and holds a law degree from Yale Law School (1971), where he was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After graduation, he clerked for Associate Justice Potter Stewart at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Heineman practiced law in Washington before serving at HEW from 1977-1980, ending his tenure there as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He was then managing partner of the Washington office of Sidley & Austin, focusing on Supreme Court and test case litigation. In 1987, Mr. Heineman became Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the General Electric Company located in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 2004, he was named GE's Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs. Full Bio and Publications >

Heidi Gardner
Distinguished Fellow

Heidi K. Gardner teaches, researches, speaks and consults on topics related to leadership, collaboration and management in knowledge-based organizations, focusing especially on professional service firms.  At Harvard Law School she is a Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession, a Lecturer on Law, and the Faculty Program Chair of the executive education Accelerated Leadership Program for Law Firm Partners.  Previously on the faculty at Harvard Business School, she teaches continues to teach executive courses at HBS, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard’s learning centers in Shanghai, China and Doha, Qatar.  She is also an International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Dr. Gardner is currently conducting a large-scale empirical study of partner-level collaboration across multiple professional service firms, investigating how leadership and organizational design support collaboration, innovation, and high-quality client service.  She is presently writing a book on the topic.

Dr. Gardner’s research was awarded the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She has published articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business Review, Law Practice Today, and the Financial Times.  She has also published numerous book chapters focusing on organizational behavior, cultural intelligence, multinational teams, professional collaboration, and the management of professional service firms.  Her research has been featured in media such as The Economist, Boston Globe, MSN.com, CNN Money, Fortune.com and CBSNews.com. 

Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents.  She previously worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in London, Johannesburg and New York, and as a manager for Procter & Gamble. She also held a Fulbright fellowship in Germany, and studied and taught in Japan.   She earned a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a Masters from the London School of Economics (highest distinction) and a second Masters and PhD from London Business School.               

Fengming Liu
Senior Fellow

Fengming Liu is associate general counsel and vice president of Microsoft Greater China Region. In this position he is responsible for all legal and government affairs matters for Microsoft in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He has law degrees from Peking University, Hamline University and the University of Washington. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Peking University and adjunct lecturer at the University of Washington. During the 2010-11 academic year, Fengming divided his time between Princeton’s CITP and Harvard’s Program on the Legal Profession and HLS’s Berkman Center, working on projects related to the position of U.S. companies doing business in China, and intellectual property issues in China.

Erik D. Ramanathan
Senior Fellow

Erik Ramanathan is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession (PLP). His research interests include corporate governance and the role and influence of lawyers in corporate boardrooms; the structure and dynamics of in-house legal departments; the role and development of specialized legal professionals such as corporate secretaries and compliance officers; and the globalization of private and public sector law practice. From 2009 until 2013, he was Executive Director of PLP. Erik currently serves as Vice Chair and Governance chair of the board of directors of Public Health Foundation Enterprises—the world’s largest fiscal sponsor, as Lead Director of Brain League Intellectual Property Services—a global IP services firm, and as trustee of the Shady Hill School. Full Bio >

David M. Trubek
Senior Research Fellow

David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus and a Senior Fellow of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate of UW-Madison and the Yale Law School, Professor Trubek served as law clerk to Judge Charles E. Clark of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and as Legal Advisor to the USAID Mission to Brazil before entering the academy. He joined the UW Law School faculty in 1973 and served as Associate Dean for Research from 1977 to 1984. During this period he also was Director of CLRP, the Civil Litigation Research Project, which was supported by the US Department of Justice. In 1985 he founded the UW's Institute for Legal Studies which he directed from 1985-90. Professor Trubek was appointed as University Dean of International Studies in 1990 and became the founding director of the UW-Madison International Institute in 1995. After stepping down as Dean and Director of the Institute he was Director of WAGE from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at Yale and Harvard Law Schools, the Catholic University Law School in Rio de Janeiro and the FGV Law School in São Paulo and has been a Visiting Scholar in Residence at the European University Institute in Florence, the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco in Recife, Brazil, the London School of Economics, and the Maison des Sciences de L’Homme in Paris. He received the Kalven Prize from the Law and Society Association and in 2002 was appointed Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Government in recognition of his work on globalization. He has written extensively on international and comparative law as well as other topics in legal studies and has published articles and books on the role of law in development, human rights, European integration, the changing role of the legal profession, and the impact of globalization on legal systems and social protection schemes. He has also made contributions in critical legal theory, the sociology of law, and civil procedure. His most recent books are The New Law and Economic Development : A Critical Appraisal (with A.Santos) (2006) and Direito, Planejamento e Desenvolvimento do Mercado de Capitais Brasileiro 1965-70 (with Gouveia Viera and Sa) (2nd edition 2011) Currently, he serves as Principal Investigator of LANDS, the project on Law and  the New Developmental State; co-PI of the project on Law and Development in Brazil in Global Context which is being conducted by the UW-Madison and the FGV Law School in São Paulo with support from the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development and the Tinker Foundation; and co-Director of GLEE, the Project on Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies. Website >

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