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4th Big Law Business Diversity Symposium Set for May 10

4th Big Law Business Diversity Symposium Set for May 10

Event, May 10, 8-10 a.m.
Bloomberg Big Law Business is convening leaders of corporate legal departments and law firms to address the diversity and inclusion challenge at a unique invitation-only event – the 4th Big Law Business Diversity Symposium.

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Download: Connecting the General Counsel and the Board

Download: Connecting the General Counsel and the Board

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A guide published by the NACD reviews the three main indicators of an effective partnership between the general counsel and the board. The guide is available for free downloading.

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U.S. District Judge Sounds Off on Law Firms’ High Billing Rates

U.S. District Judge Sounds Off on Law Firms’ High Billing Rates

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The invisible hand of the free market hasn’t been able to exert much control over law firm billing rates, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff said at a Cardozo School of Law panel discussion about the high cost of the legal system, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Companies Use Diversity Data to Hold Law Firms Accountable

Companies Use Diversity Data to Hold Law Firms Accountable

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Facebook’s new policy comes on the heels of HP’s announcement in February that it would start withholding fees from law firms that don’t meet diversity requirements,” reports Bloomberg Law.

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Client Fires Morgan Lewis for ‘Enabling’ Trump

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Bloomberg Law reports that that H. Scott Wallace, co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund, fired the firm in a letter to chair Jami McKeon.

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Notes on a Law Firm Pitch From an In-House Attorney

Notes on a Law Firm Pitch From an In-House Attorney

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On Bloomberg Law, Dennis Garcia, Microsoft Corp, assistant general counsel, offers an insider’s perspective on how in-house counsel trying to “sell” themselves to their business clients and senior legal department leaders.

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iManage Announces Dates, Details for ConnectLive 2017 User Conference

iManage Announces Dates, Details for ConnectLive 2017 User Conference

Event, May 24-25, 2017, Chicago
Across four days and two continents, ConnectLive 2017 will bring together more than 1,000 iManage customers including CIOs, IT professionals, lawyers, technical architects, legal administrators, professional services firm executives to learn and share ideas on how professional work is changing and how the management of work product is adapting in response to those changes.

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ACC Workshop: Controlling External Legal Costs

ACC Workshop: Controlling External Legal Costs

Event, April 19-20, Dallas
Leading in-house counsel and progressive law firm partners will share new ideas and approaches to control external legal costs, when they gather at the ACC Legal Services Management Workshop, April 19-20 in Dallas.

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Strategic-Asset GC: Complimentary Webinar

Strategic-Asset GC: Complimentary Webinar

Event, March 23, 2 p.m. EDT
The National Association of Corporate Directors will present a complimentary webinar on reassessing the evaluation process on evaluations on director performance.

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Reducing Workplace Violence

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Companies have obligations to keep their employees safe regarding anticipated dangers as well as to respond quickly to actual dangers, writes Natalie Lynch of Lynch Law Firm in Austin.

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McKool Smith Welcomes Frank Vecella From Ericsson

McKool Smith Welcomes Frank Vecella From Ericsson

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Frank Vecella, the former associate general counsel of litigation at Ericsson Inc., has joined McKool Smith as a principal in the firm’s Dallas office.

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Yahoo’s Top Lawyer Resigns, CEO Marissa Mayer Loses Bonus in Wake of Hack

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Some senior senior executives and lawyers failed to ‘properly comprehend or investigate’ the situation, the company’s board of directors said in a securities filing, reports The New York Times.

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Is Your Board Prepared to Oversee Cyber Risk?

Is Your Board Prepared to Oversee Cyber Risk?

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The book is constructed around five core principles designed to enhance the cyber literacy and cyber-risk oversight capabilities of directors of organizations of all sizes and in all industries, according to NACD.

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Digital Disruption – Impacts for Corporate Legal Departments

Digital Disruption – Impacts for Corporate Legal Departments

Event, March 21, 9 a.m.
Kim Technologies will present a seminar titled “Digital Disruption – Impacts for Corporate Legal Departments” on March 21, 2017 for corporate counsel and executives.

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Bio-Rad to Pony Up $3.5m in Legal Fees for Ex-GC/Whistleblower

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Bio-Rad Laboratories has agreed to pay $3.5 million in legal fees for the team that represented former general counsel Sanford Wadler during a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit Wadler brought against his former employer, reports MassDevice.com. The use of privileged materials played a part in the litigation.

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HP GC to Law Firms: Meet Diversity Mandate or Forfeit Up to 10% of Fees

HP GC to Law Firms: Meet Diversity Mandate or Forfeit Up to 10% of Fees

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The general counsel of HP has informed its outside law firms that the company may withhold up to 10 percent of invoiced fees for failure to meet its diversity standards, reports the ABA Journal.

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Data Processing Benchmark Report Reveals the Next Big Trends

Data Processing Benchmark Report Reveals the Next Big Trends

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Zapproved’s 2017 In-House E-Discovery Data Processing Benchmark Report reveals participant satisfaction with data processing speed, cost, ease of use, security and risk reduction.

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Invitation: General Counsel to Discuss Cost Control

Invitation: General Counsel to Discuss Cost Control

Event, Feb. 23, 3 p.m. CST
Bloomberg Big Law Business, in partnership with Catalyst, will convene corporate counsel to discuss the need to control rising legal costs particularly related to litigation at the complimentary event, Controlling Litigation Costs – Managing Your Legal Department for Success.

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Management Needs to Own Core Programs

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Management ownership of core programs is critical not just for maintaining effective governance practices but also in ensuring company business objectives and strategies are met.

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NACD Webinar: How Progressive GC Use Board Evaluation

NACD Webinar: How Progressive GC Use Board Evaluation

Event, March 23, 2 p.m. EST
The National Association of Corporate Directors will present a complimentary webinar discussing how progressive general counsel use the board evaluation process as a tool to effect positive change in the boardroom.

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