Laurel, the Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, writes about legal ethics and lawyer regulation from comparative, transnational, and international perspectives. She's taught the required legal ethics course for 25 years, and also teaches a global legal profession seminar. She's written many publications and delivered many presentations in these areas, and now serves as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Professional Responsibility.
Among Laurel's other professional service: an International Law Association committee working on draft principles for lawyers appearing in international tribunals and the ILA's Group Membership Committee; the World Trade Organization Working Group of the the International Bar Association, for which she's made presentations to the WTO (here) and to a U.N. subcommittee (here); consulting for the International Agreements Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices; helping the American Society of International Law develop international legal ethics programming. Her activities for the American Bar Association include: contributions to its webpage on the General Agreement on Trade in Services-Legal Services; service as a special advisor to the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services; membership on the new International Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; past vice chair of the Transnational Legal Practice Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and of the Policy Implementation Committee and the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.
A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Laurel was elected to the Order of the Coif while at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, thereafter clerking Judge Ted Goodwin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She practiced at a firm in Portland, Oregon, before joining academia in 1985. Since then she've received three Fulbright grants, to Austria in 1992 and to Germany from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2006.
In her guest post below, Laurel explains her scholarly focus and summarizes her article respecting the European Commission’s Professional Services Competition Initiative.