Category: Practice Tips

Coronavirus crisis guide for current (and aspiring) in-house corporate counsel

It’s not exactly the same thing, of course, but the coronavirus crisis and this surreal market volatility has me reflecting on the financial crisis of 2008. Back then, I was a vulnerable junior associate in a Biglaw firm who nevertheless kept my job, and I hope all of us do the same during this crisis too. To that end, here are some tips from the trenches of the 2008-2009 law firm meltdown that I think are just as salient today as they were when Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and others were collapsing over a decade ago, updated to reflect what I think will be a new normal for in-house and law firm attorneys going forward once the crisis ebbs.

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What is the future for in-house corporate counsel practice in the era of legal tech, AI, and outsourcing?

What does the push for AI and automation in contract reviews and corporate law practice mean for lawyers in the trenches, many of whom have already seen colleagues in other parts of their organizations get outsourced? In this article, we argue that educating senior management about the limitations of AI is more critical to ensuring long-term in-house lawyer viability than vetting new products, which should have a long way to go before they replace lawyers entirely.

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How to draw a line between your personal and professional lives if you work remotely or from home

Working from home is great in many ways, but if you’re not careful you can find yourself slowly sliding into some bad habits. Here are a few tips from my perspective in the trenches working from home that will help you stay focused, productive, and get the most out of your flexible working schedule, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy one!

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Tips for presenting and writing to the business for in-house corporate counsel

There are lots of things that are different about practicing law at a law firm versus inside of a company. But perhaps the biggest difference, and the one most likely to determine your level of success as an in-house corporate lawyer, is your ability to tailor your speaking and writing to a business audience. In this article, I will share a few tips from my experience in the trenches on how to do just that. In short: keep your writing punchy, know your audience, and use PowerPoint effectively.

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How to prepare for a behavioral-based (STAR) interview at a company like Amazon

STAR: situation, task, action, result. If you’re a law firm associate, and went through your law school’s OCI process, you’re probably not used to this method of interviewing. So how do you prepare when the interviewers are more interested in how you reason through a line of questioning that doesn’t involve walking through your CV? Fortunately there are some tips and tricks that can help you stand out from the crowd. STAR-based interviewing is being used more widely – especially in the tech world. (Amazon, for example, is notorious for using this type of interview structure exclusively.) If you’re a lawyer looking to go in-house at a tech company, you should definitely prepare yourself for a very different experience than when you participated in OCI during law school.

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