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Rules for a Flat World with Gillian Hadfield

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The Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law will host a Symposium on Gillian Hadfield’s provocative new book, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy, published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

A lawyer and an economist, Hadfield argues that globalization and the impact of information technology on the modern corporation will force the US legal system to radically change and to develop a new infrastructure. She warns that the traditional legal infrastructure will have to change in order to adjust to a new economy that is more globalized – both in terms of the rules binding actors and the flow of capital. As Hadfield puts it, “our conventional approaches to producing regulation, exclusively through governments and public officials, are increasingly unable to cope with the levels of complexity and scale of our new technologies.” Rules for a Flat World calls for the destruction of the monopolies that define modern legal infrastructure – opening up the market in lawyers by eliminating the gate-keeping function of the bar, and opening up the “market in rules” by allowing private parties to contract into the rule regime they prefer, and not the one in which political boundaries have placed them.

This event will examine the book’s diagnosis and her recommendations. Participants include the book’s author, Professor Hadfield of University of Southern California Law School; Cassandra Burke Robertson of Case Western Reserve University Law School; James Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation; Andrew Perlman, Dean of Suffolk University Law School; and Burns Center Co-Director Anthony Sebok.

This program has been approved for 1 transitional/non-transitional New York State CLE credit in the category "Ethics and Professionalism." Please download the CLE materials from the Jacob Burns Center's website: https://cardozo.yu.edu/programs-centers/jacob-burns-ethics-center-practice-law/events.

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