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“Second Lawyers, First Principles”: Lawyers, Rice-Roots Legal Workers, and the Battle Over Legal Professionalism in China

William Alford examines the rise, decline, and uncertain future of the rice-roots legal worker.

December 6, 2007 3:30pm to 5:00pm

William Alford is Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, and Director of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard University School of Law. He is also a member of U.S.-China Institute Board of Scholars. Professor Alford’s research focuses on Chinese law and legal history and on the legal aspects of international trade and technology transfer. He is the author of Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia (2007) and To Steal a Book Is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (1995) and many articles, including ones concerning Chinese environmental law.

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