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Regulation of Legal and Judicial Services Conference


December 8-9, 2017
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street, NYC

Regulation of Legal and Judicial Services: Comparative and International Perspectives built on conversations and connections initiated during ILEC VII (July 2016 in New York City) and laid the groundwork for possible panels and programs at ILEC VIII (December 2018 in Australia). Approximately 45-50 attendees from around the world – legal scholars, regulators, judges and practitioners – spent two days in New York City (December 8-9, 2017) discussing and commenting on previously-circulated draft papers.  In order to ensure cross-cultural dialogue, many of the attendees prepared draft papers prior to the start of the conference co-written with an author from another jurisdiction. Those papers will be published in a winter 2018 issue of the Fordham International Law Journal.  
Conference participants spent the two days comparing, contrasting, analyzing and otherwise addressing the regulation of legal and judicial services. Sessions and discussions focused on the following themes : issues that arise during the beginning, middle or end stages of lawyer regulation (admissions and entry; day-to-day conduct; and discipline and exclusion); the unique challenges to creating, implementing and supporting regulatory schemes in underdeveloped or transitioning countries; how to support the development of an independent legal profession and judiciary in regions with high levels of corruption and/or weak rule of law traditions and practice; responses to the ever-expanding globalization of the legal profession and rapid technological change; and/or systemic questions regarding regulation. Among other issues, participants discussed: 1) who should regulate lawyers and judges and whether the current allocation of regulatory power works effectively?; 2) what should be regulated, i.e., the services or the providers and which kinds of providers?; 3) when should regulation occur?; 4) where should regulation occur given the virtual nature of law practice?; 5) why should regulation occur?; and 6) how should one regulate, including questions about whether regulation should be more data-driven or standards-based than it currently is.
The conference was co-sponsored by the International Association of Legal Ethics.  The Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School was pleased to host the conference at Fordham Law School, and to organize it in conjunction with a committee of legal academics from other US law schools.  Participation is by invitation only.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Stein Center for Law and Ethics at 212-636-6988 or