The In-House Counsel as IT to Legalese to Business Translator - Document Management v. Records Management

This week, In the House is introducing a new feature, special guest bloggers. Going forward, Special Guest Bloggers will share their own insight into the practice of law in-house and, in particular, the impact of technology on Law Department Knowledge Management. Consistent with my underlying premise...

Most in-house counsel neither manage nor lead others – they do work

Upwards of 80 percent of all US law departments have fewer than 10 lawyers. Even at the top of the range, assuming at least four or five direct reports to the general counsel, none of the other lawyers manage more than one or two lawyers and maybe they share management of a paralegal and a secretary...

In-house law departments and trust

When I published the results of our national survey of alternative fees, one of the most discouraging sections concerned the lack of trust between in-house law departments and the firms that serve them. Although the interviews were focused on alternative fees, the findings also have implications for...

In-House Counsel, A Career Coaches View of Knowledge Management: What’s the Connection?

Continuing our special guest blogger series, this week we tackle another issue front and center on in-house counsel minds, how to create and then manage a successful in-house career. As the global economy continues to show signs of improvement, this is the right time to ponder, under the category of...

In-house lawyers admit some resistance to alternative fee arrangements, but blast law firms, perhaps unfairly

A survey of corporate lawyers conducted by Serengetti asked them to scale their own resistance to alternative fee arrangements (AFA) and their perception of law firm resistance to AFAs. On the scale given, a 1 means "no resistance"; a 3 presumably means moderate resistance; and a 5 a "great...

Social Web ‘consumption, familiarity and use’ by in-house lawyers: survey released

As a marketer I rarely, if ever, try to "convince" a law firm or lawyer that social media and networking is something they MUST do. When I speak to groups of lawyers [or marketers] on the topic, I am careful to craft my speeches in a way that presents details, offers illustrations of what others...