For 20 years, Laurence served as leader of the ABA’s Section of Litigation, including, before becoming section chair, as a head of its Federal Practice Task Force and its Task Force on Independence of the Judiciary. Most recently, Laurence serves as Ninth Circuit member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which performs nonpartisan evaluation of nominees to the federal bench. He is the vice chair of Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (San Francisco), a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Frequently sought out as a thought leader on emerging IP issues, Laurence has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg News, Reuters and The National Law Journal, among other publications. His pro bono practice includes extensive work on copyright fair use issues, including an amicus brief cited by the majority decision of the Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster, and constitutional rights of privacy.