University of Pittsburgh

Continental Lawyering: American and Canadian Legal Professionals from Colonization to Globalization

A Keynote Presentation and Networking Reception
October 25, 2011 - 6:00pm8:00pm
The Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C.

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.

Opening Remarks

Dean Mary Crossley, dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


Deanna Horton, minister, Congressional, Public, and Intergovernmental Affairs, Embassy of Canada

Keynote Speaker

Bernard Hibbitts, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh

Additional Remarks

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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Please use the entrance located on Pennsylvania Avenue.  The embassy is located near the Judiciary Square (red Metro Line) and Archices-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (yellow and green Metro lines).  A photo ID is required to enter the embassy.

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