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Shedding Light on the Vexing Problem of Issue Certification

This week I attended the annual Class Actions Seminar sponsored by DRI (the Defense Research Institute). It was an excellent program, covering many recent trends in class action practice of interest to corporate counsel and...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (July 25, 2014)

From Around the Web - 8 Steal-Worthy Secrets of Power Networkers: What better way to learn the ins and outs of skillful networking than to go straight to power networking pros for their tips on how to land on someone’s...more

U.S. EEOC Opens Registration for Guam EEO Seminar for Private & Public Employers

Federal Agency's Full-Day Seminar to Take Place Sep. 10 in Tumon at the Pacific Star Resort - GUAM - The federal agency tasked with enforcing laws against employment discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Friday Comings and Goings

Next week, the FCPA Professor is leading his first FCPA Institute this summer over two days, July 16 and 17. The event will be held in Milwaukee and hosted by the law firm of Foley and Lardner....more

The Traits of Effective In-House Counsel

Effective members of corporate legal departments exhibit Servant Leadership characteristics; are proactively involved with the company; and they effectively communicate with others. Here's an in-depth look, an in-house...more

A Primer on Technological Advances in E-Discovery

“E-discovery is pervasive. It’s like understanding civil procedure. You’re not going to be a civil litigator without understanding the rules of civil procedure. Similarly, you’re no longer going to be able to conduct...more

CCOs Need To Adopt Their Own Code of Conduct

As CCOs become a key player in the corporate governance world, ethics and compliance leaders are developing principles to be used by compliance pofessionals. It is a natural process that reflects the growing...more

Opening Statement: Our Members Share Their Secrets for Success

Two of my recent columns in Litigation— “Five Traits of the Best Lawyers I Know” (Fall 2013) and “Fourteen Tips to Make You a Better Litigator” (Spring 2014)— invited Section members to share your own practical tips for...more

ABA Panel Tackles Meeting M&A Client Expectations

Recently the American Bar Association Section of International Law in partnership with the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) held a conference entitled “Successful Transactions – What In-House Counsel Expect...more

Are you Emotionally Intelligent? 5 Soft Skills to Show Off in Your Summer Law Job

We’re excited to welcome back Annabrooke Temple and Fairuz Abdullah from the UC Hastings Office of Career and Professional Development. They recently shared with readers four tips for summer law job success. Annabrooke and...more

Justice Scalia Says Tax Advisor Training Could Take Only Six Months

Justice Scalia, speaking at the William & Mary Law School 2014 commencement on the topic of the reform of legal education, said: “One can practice various aspects of law without knowing much about the whole field. I expect...more

So you want to be a class action defense lawyer.

Not every litigator wants to learn class actions; in fact, most do not. After all, why would anyone want to get mired in the procedural morass of a class action when they could be spending their time handling cases that have...more

Learning to Give Business Advice from House Painters

I love general counsel panels. Those GCs. They say the darndest things! At a recent General Counsel panel discussion I attended, a GC on the panel mentioned one of his pet peeves. I’ll do my best to quote him directly so you...more

New Minnesota Law Should Prompt Employers To Review and Modify Employee Handbooks and Practices

This week, the Minnesota Governor signed the Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”) into law. The WESA makes a sweeping variety of changes and additions to Minnesota law aimed at protecting women’s economic security. These...more

Federal Appeals Court Holds That H&R Block Does Not Have To Pay Trainees For Mandatory Pre-Hire Continuing Professional Education...

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that time spent by accountants attending a continuing professional education training course was not compensable because the accountants were not employed...more

Debbie Millman Interviews Seth Godin

(The) INTA was not in the cards this year, as Hong Kong would have been a very long flight, and besides, Boston (Strong) prevailed instead, to feed my insatiable hunger for creative inspiration at HOW Design Live 2014....more

Networking is about building relationships and trust, not the quick sale

I have said it repeatedly; the one thing that really ticks me off is how poorly people network. The folks who are poor at networking don’t understand that any relationship requires time to build up trust. I’ll see it when a...more

Is Going to Women’s Initiatives Events Worth It?

Last week, I attended an event at Bryan Cave’s San Francisco Office as part of its Women’s Initiative Power Project leadership training series. (I was the guest of a friend of mine who is one of the organizers at the firm.) I...more

The Single Most Important Professional Question You'll Ever Answer

It's not your goals, not your greatest strength or weakness or why a tennis ball is fuzzy. It’s your story. And it’s up to you to make it great....more

Law Firms Getting Schooled

Law firm partners have a curious approach to addressing client needs. Imagine a crowded subway car in which a General Counsel is sitting comfortably while a Biglaw partner stands next to him. When the train lurches, the...more

Survey Says: It's Time to Be Strategic With Your Firm's Content Marketing Efforts

This week saw publication of Greentarget’s much-anticipated 2014 State of Digital and Content Marketing Survey, an annual report that has quickly become an industry standard by which law firm marketers can benchmark their...more

How to Create a Firm Mentoring Program That Is Efficient, Effective, and Motivational [Q&A]

A professional services firm is only as good as its providers and the right program in place can help you to also attract and retain the high caliber talent you need to stand out from the rest....more

Which Business Development Activity Is Best For You? Consider Your Personality...

The good news is that there is at least one type of marketing activity out there that will fit your distinct approach to things....more

How'd You Get That Job? Erin McClarty, Head of Legal: Sub-Surface Imaging at CGG

Erin McClarty is Head of Legal: Sub-Surface Imaging at CGG. In addition to drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements, Erin is responsible for advising on worldwide business matters, training on contractual issues,...more

New Lawyers Need to Understand the Business of Law to Succeed in Private Practice

A position in a law firm not only requires performing well for the attorneys you are working for and ultimately the clients, but understanding and embracing the business of law....more

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