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Lawyers and Legal Professions


Andy Boon

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

The global legal professions continue to undergo radical changes although there are contradictory trends. Many countries in the world aspire to embrace the rule of law and seek to establish independent legal professions as a step in that process. In the meantime, in many Western jurisdictions legislation, technology and competition are driving change in the role, structure, organisation and culture of lawyers and legal professions. As professions change so, arguably, does the nature and connotations of professionalism. This stream is concerned to understand the work of lawyers and the role of professions historically, presently and in the future.
We invite papers on any aspect of the legal profession: law firms, lawyers’ work, organization, practice, ethics of practice, training, globalization and more. We encourage work reflecting sociological, philosophical, theoretical and empirical perspectives on these themes.

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Wednesday: Session 3: Social Sciences room 1.66

Session Title:

Papers: Rising to the top: Women Solicitors in the UK - Nicola Zoumidou.

Branding, Marketing and the New Entrepreneurial Barrister - Atalanta Goulandris.

Work experience for non-traditional aspirant entrants in the legal profession: revelation or maintenance of status quo? - Elaine Freer

Wednesday: Session 4: Social Sciences room 1.66

Session Title:

Papers: The Legal Professions’ New Codes of Conduct: What Do They Tell Us? - Andy Boon

The Failure of the New Legal Services Market? - John Flood and Liz Duff

Wednesday: Session 5: Social Sciences room 1.66

Session Title:

Papers: Lawyers: A Theoretical Framework - Elisabeth Reiner and Jan Pospisil

Re-regulation and change in professional organisational fields: The case of UK legal services - Sundeep Aulakh and Ian Kirkpatrick

Wednesday: Session 6: Social Sciences room 1.66

Session Title: 2015 Hart-SLSA Book Prize:

Alan Paterson (2013) Final Judgment: The last Law Lords and the Supreme Court, Hart