I learned last evening of the passing of Larry Ribstein – a legal scholar but more than that a provocateur of the legal profession. I had the pleasure of meeting Larry in March 2010 at Georgetown’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession conference “Law Firm Evolution.” It was there that I heard Larry speak about the “Death of BigLaw.” Listening him speak unabashedly about the problems and accompanying arrogance of the BigLaw law firms – whose business models are destined to fail once the egos and reputations that currently support them retire - was refreshing. He was direct and articulate in his approach – a matter-of-fact manner that distilled a lot of the noise one hears and reads in this arena into sound arguments and logical observations.
The conference as a whole was spectacular but it was Larry’s presence and presentation that stood out for me. It is not exaggeration or a morbid opportunistic ploy to state that Mr. Ribstein helped ignite in me my passion to provoke change within the legal profession. For that I am truly grateful. Thank you Mr. Ribstein . . . you are already missed.
For a glimpse of that presentation here is a video of Larry speaking with Gregory Bufithis of ThePosseList.com.