Continental Lawyering: American and Canadian Legal Professionals from Colonization to Globalization
For more than 250 years, American and Canadian lawyers have shared a common law tradition; have developed intensive transborder business ties; have physically moved back and forth across national boundaries in the service of clients and the pursuit of professional, personal, and political goals; and have influenced each other’s thinking on a range of legal issues. The pattern of influence from 18th-century colonization to 21st century globalization is complex. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not, nor has it ever been, purely a matter of the smaller Canadian legal profession being shaped by that of its much larger American neighbor. Rather, lawyers from each country have actively changed the legal environment of the other. In this talk, Professor Hibbitts will trace the arc of continental legal professionalism from the pre-Revolutionary period through NAFTA to the recent Smart Border Declaration.
Dean Mary Crossley, dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Deanna Horton, minister, Congressional, Public, and Intergovernmental Affairs, Embassy of Canada
Bernard Hibbitts, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh
S. Jane Moffat, associate, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, and executive director, Canadian American Business Council
Megan McKee, student and research assistant, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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