From Laurel Terry, an expert on international regulation of lawyers, comes this report about the first International Conference of Legal Regulators, held in London on September 28-29, 2012:
The conference was organized by the U.K. Solicitors Regulation Authority, which is the “front-line” regulator for solicitors in England and Wales, and provided a platform for legal regulators worldwide to share their challenges and ideas. At the end of the conference, the conference attendees expressed their commitment to continuing these types of exchanges.
More than 100 professionals from Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the U.S., and the U.K. attended the event. The U.S. representatives included Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices; Franklin Harrison, Chair of the National Conference of Bar Examiners; Robert Hawley, deputy executive director of the State Bar of California; and Gene Shipp, chief regulatory counsel in the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel and a past president of the National Organization of Bar Counsel. Conference attendees agreed to meet again in August 2013 in San Francisco, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the National Organization of Bar Counsel. In the meantime, efforts are underway to establish an information clearinghouse for lawyer regulators. Additional reports about the conference appear here, here, here and here and have been mostly, but not uniformly, positive.
Professor Terry led the final conference session and recommended that "regulators in the antitrust, securities, banking, and other fields participate in global networks that allow them to collaborate and exchange ideas and that the time was 'ripe' for a similar network for legal regulators." She observed that "the conference demonstrated a 'pent-up' demand by 'day-job' regulators to exchange views and information with their counterparts from other countries."