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Many of the initiatives pursued by the Program on the Legal Profession would not be possible without the tremendous support by the many individuals, foundations and institutions, which are highlighted below.

Davis Polk & Wardwell is one of the world’s premier law firms. Known for its skillful work in highly complex matters that are critical to their clients, they offer unrivaled breadth and excellence across all practices and specialties. DPW’s clients, many of them industry and global leaders, rely on the exceptional, collaborative service delivered through DPW’s nine offices worldwide.

Davis Polk’s support for the Program on the Legal Profession’s focuses primarily on research activities initiated by the PLP for both scholars and students. More specifically, DPW’s support is directed research and conferences associated with that research, both of which should address diversity in the profession, the internationalization of the legal practice and the evolution of legal careers and public service.

Dechert LLP is an international law firm with practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management. With broad industry knowledge and experience in a wide variety of areas, Dechert delivers integrated strategies that produce the best results for its clients, whether they're looking for fresh perspectives on routine matters or entering uncharted legal and business territory. Each practice area is supported by a fully integrated infrastructure of offices throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Asia.

Dechert provides generous financial support towards the development and teaching of held-based case studies and research on professional service organizations that address issues of leadership, decision-making; innovation; effective client service; interpersonal interactions; human behavior; developing and leveraging people; decision-oriented quantitative analysis; change management; and adjusting perspective and plans to best address evolving circumstances.

The Harman Family Foundation supports programs that bring education and the arts to underserved populations in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Through grants both big and small the Foundation supports educational innovation and seeks to strengthen the arts community, and strengthen the community itself through the arts. The Foundation also supports the promotion of philanthropy, through projects like the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington and related activities that educate donors, build the capacity of small nonprofits, and encourage charitable enterprise.

The Foundation currently provides support towards PLP’s public interest activities and allows the Program to offer research grants to HLS students, conduct summer public interest workshops for selected HLS students in New York City and Cambridge, MA and initiate a longitudinal study of those public interest workshop participants.

Plesner, with a total staff of 380, including 204 lawyers, is one of Denmark’s leading law firms with expertise in all areas of commercial and public law. Plesner’s vision is to be recognized as the most forward looking and client driven law firm in Denmark - the natural choice for any Danish or foreign business needing legal advice on important and strategic commercial matters.

Plesner’s generous support for the Program on the Legal Profession’s is directed towards various research activities initiated by PLP for both scholars and students. Additionally, Plesner’s has made its financial support available to support all conferences and events associated with that research.

Individual Contributors and Advisory Board Members include top business leaders, managing partners, general counsel, and leading bankers and consultants from key sectors of the legal and professional services industry. In addition to their generous financial support, these individuals offer significant judgment, experience, and ideas that are essential to the Program’s success.

Nurturing and developing the relationship with these individuals is a key aspect of one of the Program’s primary goals of forging a strong, interactive connection between academy and the profession. The multidisciplinary nature of the group also represents the Program’s commitment to match the self-understanding of professional service firms with new global realities and to dispel traditionally-held notions that professions such as law, accounting, investment banking, and consulting are distinct endeavors with little or no relationship to each other.

To become a contributor or supporter of the Program on the Legal Profession please feel free contact Program Manager, Hakim A. Lakhdar for details.

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