Laurel S. TerryJune 2021 — Professor Laurel S. Terry recently participated in a virtual gathering of U.S. and Canadian lawyer regulators. Although Professor Terry is not a legal regulator, she was invited to attend the 2021 Can-Am Roundtable because of her role in helping convene the first Can-Am Roundtable meeting.

The June 1, 2021 Can-Am Roundtable was a virtual event that was held the day before the ABA’s annual ethics conference. This event continued a tradition that began in 2015 and that originally was suggested by Professor Terry. As Professor Terry explains, “there typically were a number of Canadian regulators who attended the ABA’s annual ethics meeting, but historically they didn’t interact much with the U.S. regulators and vice-versa. In 2015, I suggested and helped organize an event during the annual 2015 ABA ethics conference that brought U.S. and Canadian regulators together to share their experiences.”

Professor Terry’s role in establishing the Can-Am Roundtable was acknowledged by Pennsylvania disciplinary counsel Paul Burgoyne, who was serving as President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, when he extended an invitation to U.S. and Canadian regulators to attend the second Can-Am Roundtable:

Last year’s inaugural breakfast was a great success. Inspired by the ABA’s 2013 Guidelines for International Legal Regulatory Information Exchange, Laurel Terry organized the meeting to encourage U.S. state regulators to get to know their international counterparts. We all enjoyed meeting our colleagues across the border and there was so much relevant information to be shared that we ran out of time. All who attended recognized the value of this type of network and the Canadian/American listserv was subsequently established.

During the Can-Am Roundtables, regulators from U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions have discussed a range of topics, including recent developments in each jurisdiction, initiatives that jurisdictions are proud of, and comparative approaches to particular policy issues. The first Can-Am Roundtable was held on May 28, 2015 in Denver during the ABA’s 41st National Conference of Professional Responsibility. The second Can-Am Roundtable was held on June 2, 2016 in Philadelphia in conjunction with the 42nd National Conference on Professional Responsibility. Additional Can-Am Roundtables were held on June 1, 2017, May 31, 2018, and May 30, 2019 during the ABA’s annual ethics conferences in St. Louis, Louisville, and Vancouver, Canada.

Professor Terry’s interest in, and facilitation of, global networks has been a theme in both her scholarship and her service. For example, Professor Terry was part of the ABA group that worked on the 2013 ABA resolution on international cooperation cited by Paul Burgoyne when extending the invitation to the second Can-Am Roundtable. Professor Terry also participated in conversations among the ABA, the Conference of Chief Justices, the Law Council of Australia, and the CCBE that led to agreements about regulatory cooperation. In 2011, Professor Terry delivered a conference paper that called for the creation of an international network of regulators. Professor Terry repeated this theme in July 2012 when speaking at the fifth International Legal Ethics Conference. When a lawyer regulatory body in England and Wales hosted the first International Conference of Legal Regulators meeting in London in September 2012, Professor Terry was part of the planning committee, spoke at the conference, and thereafter wrote a short article entitled Creating an International Network of Lawyer Regulators: The 2012 International Conference of Legal Regulators that was published in the NCBE’s Bar Examiner magazine. Since that time, Professor Terry has spoken at several other ICLR meetings, including the most-recent in-person meeting, which was held in September 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Terry’s most recent scholarship about the importance of global networks includes an article entitled Global Networks and the Legal Profession and another article entitled Lawyer Regulation Stakeholder Networks and the Global Diffusion of Ideas that focuses specifically on lawyer regulation networks, such as the Can-Am Roundtable. Because of her belief in the importance of international networks, Professor Terry was particularly pleased to have been invited to attend the 2021 Can-Am Roundtable and to see the continuation of a tradition that she helped launch.

Professor Laurel Terry, who holds the H. Laddie Montague, Jr. Chair in Law, is a three-time Fulbright recipient who writes and teaches about the impact of globalization on the legal profession, especially with respect to regulatory issues. Her scholarship has identified emerging issues for the legal profession and urged stakeholder engagement, new initiatives, and regulatory reform. In addition to speaking at academic and professional conferences, she has been invited to speak about her scholarship to has been invited to speak about her scholarship to organizations that include the Conference of Chief Justices, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the CCBE, which represents EU’s legal profession and legal regulators, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives, the International Bar Association, and the International Conference of Legal Regulators.