As most of you know by now, I retired from Sabre Corporation in November 2014 as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Shortly after that, I began the “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel” blog, even though I had never blogged before or thought anyone would be that interested in what I had say. My goal at the time was to write down a lot of the hard (and easy) lessons I learned over 20+ years as an in-house lawyer and share them with you. Today, that’s still the goal and, as of November 28, I am celebrating one year of posts – 28 in all! My plan is to keep going until someone tells me to stop (most likely that little voice in the back of your head that says “enough is enough”). We’re not there yet, so lots more planned for Year Two!
As always, thank you for reading the blog and for sending me your comments and ideas for future posts. I do read them all and I have used a number of them already (and will continue to, so keep sending them). Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to click on “follow”, regularly read the email updates I send out, and forward the blog to your friends and colleagues. I also want to thank the good folks at Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Texas Lawbook for republishing a number of the posts in their publications for in-house counsel.
A few other things: I use Twitter just about every day to post things of interest to in-house counsel (along with my thoughts). So be sure to follow me at @10ThingsLegal. The same is true for LinkedIn so feel free to connect with me there as well. I have turned several of my blog posts into accredited CLEs (including the one on ethics). If you’re interested in a CLE on any of the topics in the blog (in person or via webcast), just reach out to me and we’ll see what we can set up. Lastly, my first book, “The Evolution of Professional Football” is released on December 8, 2015. You can find it on my website (www.SterlingMillerBooks.com) and at Amazon.
But enough jabbering, here (with hyperlinks) in chronological order from past to most current is the first year of “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel”:
- Introduction (November 26, 2014)
- How to be a Successful In-House Counsel (November 28, 2014)
- All I Want for Christmas is a FCPA/Anti-Bribery Health Check (December 4, 2014)
- Time for a Conversation About Drafting Documents and Emails (December 10, 2014)
- Your Company Has Just Been Sued. Now What? (December 18, 2014)
- Help Your Client Get Their Contract Through Legal Quickly (December 23, 2014)
- Setting Goals for the Legal Department (January 7, 2015)
- Simple Ways to Retain and Reward Your People (January 14, 2015)
- Effectively Managing Outside Counsel Spend (January 22, 2015)
- Running an Effective Staff Meeting (January 30, 2015)
- Increasing Efficiency in the Legal Department Through Technology (February 6, 2015)
- How to Run a Government Affairs Campaign (February 17, 2015)
- Crisis Preparation 101 (March 3, 2015)
- Trade Secrets and Protecting Your Company (March 19, 2015)
- Partnering with HR (1 + 1 = 3) (April 2, 2015)
- Trade Associations and Legal Risk (April 16, 2015)
- Protecting Your Company’s Reputation and Brand (May 15, 2015)
- Index to Posts – November 2014 to May 2015 (May 27, 2015)
- Website User Agreements (June 9, 2015)
- Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO (July 7, 2015)
- Creating a Client Satisfaction Survey (July 28, 2015)
- Common Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel (August 18, 2015)
- Insurance Law Basics for In-House Counsel (September 9, 2015)
- The Attorney-Client Privilege – What You Need to Know (September 30, 2015)
- The “Safe Harbor Agreement” Invalidated – What Should I do Next? (October 13, 2015)
- How to Be More Productive Every Day (October 30, 2015)
- Preparing for When “Bad Things” Happen – (November 24, 2015)
That’s it for now. I will have at least two more posts before the end of 2015. If you don’t already, click “follow” in the upper right hand corner and get the latest posts sent to you directly as soon as they appear on the site. If you think of someone who might find this blog useful or interesting, please forward it to them and, if you use Twitter, be sure to “Tweet” it out to your followers. And always feel free to drop me a note or ask a question. Thanks and best wishes for the holiday season!
November 30, 2015
(“Ten Things” is not legal advice or legal opinion. It is intended to provide practical tips and references to the busy in-house practitioner and other readers. You can find this blog and all past posts at www.TenThings.net. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).