Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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For decades, many law school graduates have looked back at their legal education and concluded that they were not properly prepared to practice law. Consequently, from time to time, the American Bar Association (ABA) and other bar groups have studied how to change law school education. In fact, in 2009, the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators (ACLEA), the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), and a number of other organizations held a three-day discussion at Arizona State University on the future of legal education, the Critical Issues Summit. The event "brought together CLE professionals, law school deans and faculty members, law practitioners, bar leaders, judges, mandatory CLE administrators, law firm educators, and other experts on lawyer professional education to study and respond to the challenges of equipping lawyers to practice in a rapidly changing world." Among other things, the Critical Issues Summit produced a final report and sixteen recommendations addressing issues related to law school preparations for legal practice and legal training for lawyers after law school.
After the Critical Issues Summit, ACLEA established a Summit Issues Group in an effort to continue the dialogue about the future of training law students to practice law. This Article highlights key issues from the Critical Issues Summit that are particularly important to changing law school education today. Additionally, it offers suggestions that could further improve preparing students for the legal profession.
In the Sections that follow, I will describe specific portions of the Summit Recommendations and reflections I have had as a law student, lawyer, and adjunct law professor. Unlike most people who attend law school expecting to pursue legal careers, I went to law school never intending to practice law. Instead, I planned to pursue a career in IT consulting after law school, and therefore I taught graduate computer sciences while I studied law. While I became a sole practitioner and eventually went on to join a law firm, my computer science and legal background have given me particular insight into IT legal matters. Further, as an adjunct law professor, I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach a variety of courses on IT legal matters and share my experience with hundreds of students, many of whom I keep in touch with, and I have even practiced law with some former students. As a result, I am also able to offer a unique perspective on how the Summit Recommendations may be helpful to legal education for law students based on my experiences and students' input.
The publications contained in this site do not constitute legal advice. Legal advice can only be given with knowledge of the client's specific facts. By putting these publications on our website we do not intend to create a lawyer-client relationship with the user. Materials may not reflect the most current legal developments, verdicts or settlements. This information should in no way be taken as an indication of future results.
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