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ICYMI: Gayton hopes that Coca-Cola’s efforts will spur other companies to follow suit. “Just imagine if they did,” he sa...
01/31/2021
Coca-Cola General Counsel Says Diversity Efforts Aren't Working, Unveils New Guidelines | Corporate Counsel

ICYMI: Gayton hopes that Coca-Cola’s efforts will spur other companies to follow suit. “Just imagine if they did,” he said. “Just imagine the kind of demand we could create for legal services from women and people of color.” https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/28/coca-cola-general-counsel-says-diversity-efforts-arent-working-unveils-new-guidelines/

“I’ve been thinking about this for a very long time,” Coca-Cola GC Bradley Gayton said. “Around the second week of September, there was a...

The changes have been met with cautious optimism by many bar exam watchers, as well as some skepticism that they will go...
01/31/2021
Modernized Bar Exam Gets the Green Light | Corporate Counsel

The changes have been met with cautious optimism by many bar exam watchers, as well as some skepticism that they will go far enough to make the exam reflect what lawyers actually do in practice. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/28/modernized-bar-exam-gets-the-green-light/

The National Conference of Bar Examiners has approved a series of changes to the attorney licensing exam that aim to bolster the testing of legal...

"The lessons legal operations professionals learned from the pandemic and economic uncertainty will certainly carry into...
01/30/2021
This Recession-Proof Position Is all About Transformation and Tech | Corporate Counsel

"The lessons legal operations professionals learned from the pandemic and economic uncertainty will certainly carry into 2021 by way of enterprise-wide collaboration and formalizing the innovation process." https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/29/this-recession-proof-position-is-all-about-transformation-and-tech/

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, corporations were already expecting their legal departments to function more like a traditional business unit....

David Flavell will step into the role of general counsel and corporate secretary beginning in March. It is not clear whe...
01/30/2021
PepsiCo Taps Deputy GC to Lead Legal Department | Corporate Counsel

David Flavell will step into the role of general counsel and corporate secretary beginning in March. It is not clear whether he will continue to be the chief compliance and ethics officer. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/29/pepsico-taps-deputy-gc-to-lead-legal-department/

Before becoming general counsel in 2017, David Yawman served in a number of roles at PepsiCo including senior counsel, chief ethics and compliance...

The Biden Justice Department will face myriad questions about which litigation positions to reverse and which to leave a...
01/29/2021
Clement and Katyal Offer Road Map for Biden DOJ to Dump Trump's Obamacare Stance | Corporate Counsel

The Biden Justice Department will face myriad questions about which litigation positions to reverse and which to leave alone. The Obamacare dispute at the high court is among the most visible. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/28/clement-and-katyal-offer-roadmap-for-biden-doj-to-dump-trumps-obamacare-stance/

Although both lawyers said changes in positions by a new solicitor general should be careful and rare, they agreed that the Affordable Care Act...

A firm’s ability to meet the company’s new diversity standards will be a “major consideration as to whether or not you’r...
01/28/2021
Coca-Cola General Counsel Says Diversity Efforts Aren't Working, Unveils New Guidelines | Corporate Counsel

A firm’s ability to meet the company’s new diversity standards will be a “major consideration as to whether or not you’re on a panel to serve The Coca-Cola Co.’s legal needs,” said GC Bradley Gayton. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/28/coca-cola-general-counsel-says-diversity-efforts-arent-working-unveils-new-guidelines/

“I’ve been thinking about this for a very long time,” Coca-Cola GC Bradley Gayton said. “Around the second week of September, there was a...

"This is one of the most competitive businesses in the world. I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to leave the c...
01/28/2021
Hyundai's Chief Lawyer on Why He's Leaving, His Legacy and the Search for His Successor | Corporate Counsel

"This is one of the most competitive businesses in the world. I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to leave the company better than when I came." https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/27/hyundais-chief-lawyer-on-why-hes-leaving-his-legacy-and-the-search-for-his-successor/

I’m not one who believes in staying around until you’ve outlived your usefulness, said Jerry Flannery, who has worked for Hyundai Motor America for...

Marc Yudkin’s promotion is yet another example of general counsel stepping outside of the legal department to take on mo...
01/27/2021
VaynerX's 'Jack of All Trades' GC Takes On Chief Operating Officer Title | Corporate Counsel

Marc Yudkin’s promotion is yet another example of general counsel stepping outside of the legal department to take on more business responsibilities. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/27/vaynerxs-jack-of-all-trades-gc-takes-on-chief-operating-officer-title/

Marc Yudkin said his legal department has been intimately involved with all aspects of the business at VaynerX, which includes VaynerMedia, Gallery...

"[T]he resulting procedural flaws that happened then, can most surely happen now without attention. That’s why the Chall...
01/27/2021
The Lasting Message to Chief Legal Officers From the Challenger Disaster | Corporate Counsel

"[T]he resulting procedural flaws that happened then, can most surely happen now without attention. That’s why the Challenger anniversary offers such an important teaching moment for the Chief Legal Officer and the Chief Compliance Officer. Because it doesn’t have to happen again." https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/27/the-lasting-message-to-chief-legal-officers-from-the-challenger-disaster/

The Challenger anniversary offers a substantive, practical message that is as relevant today as it was 35 years ago. And it’s a message about the...

Even if legal departments have sufficient resources, transformation projects still are not high priorities in the minds ...
01/27/2021
Why Is Legal Department Transformation Falling Short? | Corporate Counsel

Even if legal departments have sufficient resources, transformation projects still are not high priorities in the minds of lower-level in-house attorneys who are responsible for carrying them out. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/26/why-is-legal-department-transformation-falling-short/

“If people think that a project is not likely to yield good results, they may not focus on it, James Crocker, a principal at Gartner in Washington,...

Nearly a third of the 947 participants in the Association of Corporate Counsel’s new global survey of chief legal office...
01/27/2021
Corporate Legal Department Expansion Persists Amid Pandemic, Various Crises | Corporate Counsel

Nearly a third of the 947 participants in the Association of Corporate Counsel’s new global survey of chief legal officers said they expected to hire additional lawyers this year, a slight increase from 30% last year. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/26/corporate-legal-department-expansion-persists-amid-pandemic-various-crises/

“I think they [in-house leaders] have done more with less for so long that now the more is unprecedented in so many different ways,” said ACC...

Jennifer Ballard Croft most recently served as chief of staff and chief diversity officer for Cook County State’s Attorn...
01/26/2021
Chicago Prosecutor's Ex-Chief of Staff Joins INTREN as Chief Legal Officer | Corporate Counsel

Jennifer Ballard Croft most recently served as chief of staff and chief diversity officer for Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, the first Black woman to lead the Chicago-based prosecutor’s office, which is the second largest in the country. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/25/chicago-prosecutors-ex-chief-of-staff-joins-intren-as-chief-legal-officer/

Jennifer Ballard Croft most recently served as chief of staff and chief diversity officer for Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx.

Lynn Eisenberg joins the U.S. Office of Personnel Management after serving as deputy general counsel for the Biden-Harri...
01/25/2021
Former Wilmer Lawyer Lynn Eisenberg Is Named OPM General Counsel | Corporate Counsel

Lynn Eisenberg joins the U.S. Office of Personnel Management after serving as deputy general counsel for the Biden-Harris presidential campaign and as counsel on the transition team. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/25/former-wilmer-lawyer-lynn-eisenberg-is-named-opm-general-counsel/

A wave of lawyers from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr have snagged key posts in the Biden-Harris administration.

Gorelick gives her thoughts on how Garland, who is expected to be confirmed by the Senate, will seek to reshape and refo...
01/25/2021
'Such a Relief to People': Wilmer's Jamie Gorelick on How Merrick Garland Will Refocus the DOJ | Corporate Counsel

Gorelick gives her thoughts on how Garland, who is expected to be confirmed by the Senate, will seek to reshape and refocus the DOJ after four tumultuous years. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/22/such-a-relief-to-people-wilmers-jamie-gorelick-on-how-merrick-garland-will-refocus-the-doj/

With a new administration now in place in Washington, D.C., this week’s episode examines how the U.S. Department of Justice is likely to be...

“As a private company we feel like the regulations might hit us later, but we think there is long-term value in acting l...
01/25/2021
Role Models With a 'Pristine Moral Compass': What Executives Expect of Their GCs | Corporate Counsel

“As a private company we feel like the regulations might hit us later, but we think there is long-term value in acting like a public company and paying attention to those very closely as they change,” said Rick Rover, COO of Berlin Packaging in Chicago. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/22/role-models-with-a-pristine-moral-compass-what-executives-expect-of-their-gcs/

As environmental, social and governance standards become more important to consumers and investors, a panel of executives said Friday that they...

The percentage of women GC hires essentially remained flat at 34%, a barely perceptible increase of 1% from 2019. Women ...
01/25/2021
Why Do Large Companies Have So Many Empty General Counsel Seats? | Corporate Counsel

The percentage of women GC hires essentially remained flat at 34%, a barely perceptible increase of 1% from 2019. Women accounted for 19, or 43%, of last year’s GC appointments, seven were internal promotions and 12 were outside hires. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/22/why-do-large-companies-have-so-many-empty-general-counsel-seats/

The high number of chief lawyer vacancies indicates that 2021 will be a “robust and competitive … market for talent,” according to BarkerGilmore’s...

While nearly identical to Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, the New York law would potentially cast a much wi...
01/25/2021
New York's Biometric Law Wouldn't Break The Mold—Just Expand It | Corporate Counsel

While nearly identical to Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, the New York law would potentially cast a much wider shadow than its predecessor and force businesses to quickly reevaluate their use of biometric technologies. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/22/new-yorks-biometric-law-wouldnt-break-the-mold-just-expand-it/

New York's proposed Biometric Privacy Act echoes many of the requirements and guidelines laid out in Illinois' own longstanding regulation. But New...

ICYMI: The OCC alleged that Strother admitted in sworn testimony that the bank had a “systemic sales practices misconduc...
01/24/2021
Ex-Wells Fargo General Counsel to Pay $3.5M Penalty for Role in Phony Account Scandal | Corporate Counsel

ICYMI: The OCC alleged that Strother admitted in sworn testimony that the bank had a “systemic sales practices misconduct problem rooted in the community bank’s business model,” referring to Wells Fargo’s retail branch network. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/15/ex-wells-fargo-general-counsel-to-pay-3-5m-penalty-for-role-in-phony-account-scandal/

James Strother once vowed to fight charges alleging he turned a blind eye to rampant criminal and legal violations. Now, he is pleased to put this...

ICYMI: During a virtual panel hosted by the California Minority Counsel Program in September, Rivera discussed withholdi...
01/24/2021
HP Chief Legal Officer to Step Down, Passing Reins to Her Deputy | Corporate Counsel

ICYMI: During a virtual panel hosted by the California Minority Counsel Program in September, Rivera discussed withholding fees from firms that failed to meet diversity metrics. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/20/hp-chief-legal-officer-to-step-down-passing-reins-to-her-deputy/

Kim Rivera has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, encouraging in-house leaders to use legal fees as an incentive for their firms...

ICYMI: "Unfortunately, I think there’s an overall tone of being undervalued, and I think it’s not unique to me. My exper...
01/23/2021
Google's Former In-House Diversity Leader on Why She Quit and What She Learned | Corporate Counsel

ICYMI: "Unfortunately, I think there’s an overall tone of being undervalued, and I think it’s not unique to me. My experience as a Black woman at Google is not unique to me. But I think it’s a really good company." https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/21/googles-former-in-house-diversity-leader-on-why-she-quit-and-what-she-learned/

I do feel like I was a contributing part of some of the great things they've done. I did also start getting very jaded, said Erika Munro Kennerly,...

ICYMI: In the signature block on the complaint, Davis mentions his past employment with Goosehead, but claims that he wa...
01/23/2021
Attorney Fired After Posting About Being at Capitol During Riots Files Dubious Lawsuit to Block New Congress | Corporate Counsel

ICYMI: In the signature block on the complaint, Davis mentions his past employment with Goosehead, but claims that he was “[t]erminated for peacefully protesting” and that he is now a “solo civil rights attorney.” https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/19/attorney-fired-after-posting-about-being-at-capitol-during-riots-files-dubious-lawsuit-to-block-new-congress/

The attorneys on the lawsuit are asking a judge to block federal law enforcement from taking them into custody in connection with their attendance...

"Lawyers also shine as board candidates when there is a desire to add crisis management expertise to the skills matrix—a...
01/22/2021
General Counsel as Board Candidates: It’s Their Time To Shine | Corporate Counsel

"Lawyers also shine as board candidates when there is a desire to add crisis management expertise to the skills matrix—a valuable skillset that has come to the forefront particularly during 2020." https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/21/general-counsel-as-board-candidates-its-their-time-to-shine/

There’s no doubt that, like CEOs and CFOs, GCs offer a valuable perspective to boards—a reality that corporate leaders are increasingly recognizing.

Those in-house teams who are wary of additional regulatory oversight might find themselves scrambling to put new precaut...
01/22/2021
SolarWinds Hack Won't Hurt In-House's Prospects With Regulators—but Won't Help Either | Corporate Counsel

Those in-house teams who are wary of additional regulatory oversight might find themselves scrambling to put new precautions or procedures in place to both enhance their security posture and limit financial damage. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/21/solarwinds-hack-wont-hurt-in-houses-prospects-with-regulators-but-wont-help-either/

Headline catching hacks could force businesses still lagging behind in their cyber protection to step up or face regulatory action. But for some...

"I think you can succeed at Google and you can succeed at Google as a Black woman. But there are specific factors that n...
01/22/2021
Google's Former In-House Diversity Leader on Why She Quit and What She Learned | Corporate Counsel

"I think you can succeed at Google and you can succeed at Google as a Black woman. But there are specific factors that need to exist and specific pieces that need to be put in place in order to ensure your success there." https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/21/googles-former-in-house-diversity-leader-on-why-she-quit-and-what-she-learned/

I do feel like I was a contributing part of some of the great things they've done. I did also start getting very jaded, said Erika Munro Kennerly,...

"Working parents often rely on complex systems of support that enable them to succeed as lawyers—structures and systems ...
01/22/2021
'My Career Is Basically Over': Working Parents Offer Pleas for Empathy From Law Firms | Corporate Counsel

"Working parents often rely on complex systems of support that enable them to succeed as lawyers—structures and systems that have been destroyed during the pandemic." https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/19/my-career-is-basically-over-working-parents-offer-pleas-for-empathy-from-law-firms/

The legal industry risks a long-term talent exodus—one that would disproportionately affect women and diverse attorneys—if it doesn't address the...

Beginning Feb. 1, Kim Rivera will serve as a special adviser to the CEO until Dec. 31, 2021. She will be replaced Feb. 1...
01/21/2021
HP Chief Legal Officer to Step Down, Passing Reins to Her Deputy | Corporate Counsel

Beginning Feb. 1, Kim Rivera will serve as a special adviser to the CEO until Dec. 31, 2021. She will be replaced Feb. 1 by Harvey Anderson, who will report directly to HP Inc. president and CEO Enrique Lores. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2021/01/20/hp-chief-legal-officer-to-step-down-passing-reins-to-her-deputy/

Kim Rivera has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, encouraging in-house leaders to use legal fees as an incentive for their firms...

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