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Speaker Series: Daniel B. Rodriguez, law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

  • When: December 2, 2020, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: Zoom: To register, contact Sophie Kofman at

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Our Bar Federalism

Efforts at legal services reform, including re-regulation of lawyers, bar admission testing and other requirements, widening opportunities for alternative providers, and law school innovation, are stymied by our peculiar, under-theorized, and ultimately self-defeating scheme of highly balkanized regulation.  The literature and punditry largely takes for granted this scheme of decentralized regulation.  As a consequence, we are seriously stymied in our efforts at constructive change and improvement in access to justice.  My project describes and interrogates our system of bar federalism, and recommends some general and targeted reforms.

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Daniel B. Rodriguez is the Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of law. He served as dean of the Law School from January 2012 through August 2018.

His principal academic work is in the areas of administrative law, local government law, statutory interpretation, federal and state constitutional law, and the law-business-technology interface.

Formerly, Professor Rodriguez served as Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas-Austin; as a Research Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; as Dean and Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law; and, as a Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He has also served as a visiting professor at several top law schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, University of Southern California, and Virginia.

Professor Rodriguez was the 2014 President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is currently serving as chair of the council of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, a council member of the American Law Institute, and as an advisor to ROSS Intelligence, Inc.

Rodriguez received his law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from California State University of Long Beach.

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