Ten Things: Index to All the Posts (November 2014 to May 2016)

It has been about 18 months since I published the first “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel” blog post.   I have to admit that I continue to be surprised by the popularity of the blog.  I have tried hard to consistently write about things that matter to in-house counsel and do so in a way that is practical, informative, and actionable – drawing on my own experience of 20+ years as an in-house lawyer.   That fact that you guys find it interesting just blows my mind sometimes.  The blog has almost 900 direct followers (and I hope to get that number to over 1,000 sometime this year).  There are also thousands of in-direct followers who get the blog via an email blast or through one of the number of legal publications that re-publish many of the posts.  What I really appreciate, however, is the many, many emails and Linked-In notes I get from readers all over the world: from Canada, UK, India, Singapore, the Middle East, Central and South America, Asia, Turkey, and of course, the USA.  I enjoy hearing from all of you (good or bad), especially if you find the blog helpful or, even better, if you have ideas for future posts.  Always feel free to contact me if you have feedback, questions, or ideas.

As you have probably guessed by now, I love to write.  You can follow me daily on Twitter at @10ThingsLegal where I post things of interest to in-house counsel daily.  I also post more substantive (but short) articles on Linked-In just about every day as well. Check out the posts on my Linked-In publication wall (and feel free to connect with me as well).  I write a monthly column for Thomson Reuter’s “Corporate Counsel Connect” e-zine called “The Insider.”  And my first book, “The Evolution of Professional Football” (American football that is), is available at www.SterlingMillerBooks.com and on Amazon.  Which brings me to some more exciting news – “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel” is in the first stages of becoming its own book.  Stay tuned for more information about when it will be available to buy (hard copy and e-book).  I will also be looking for some people to write short blurbs/forward material to include in the book, so let me know if you’re interested in doing that.

As I noted in my first few posts, I am not the most tech-savvy blogger.  But, I have learned a lot over the past 18 months and I am getting better at things.  One thing I have not figured out yet is how to create a really useful index of all of the posts.  You can search month-by-month on the site, but I am still trying to figure out how to build-out an index by category or by title.  Bear with me on that.  It will happen!  And if you have any ideas, feel free to share them.  Until then, it’s a good point in time for a comprehensive index of “Ten Things” posts (all 39 of them), hyper-linked and in chronological order from past to most current:

  1. Introduction (November 26, 2014)
  2. How to be a Successful In-House Counsel (November 28, 2014)
  3. All I Want for Christmas is a FCPA/Anti-Bribery Health Check (December 4, 2014)
  4. Time for a Conversation About Drafting Documents and Emails (December 10, 2014)
  5. Your Company Has Just Been Sued. Now What? (December 18, 2014)
  6. Help Your Client Get Their Contract Through Legal Quickly (December 23, 2014)
  7. Setting Goals for the Legal Department (January 7, 2015)
  8. Simple Ways to Retain and Reward Your People (January 14, 2015)
  9. Effectively Managing Outside Counsel Spend (January 22, 2015)
  10. Running an Effective Staff Meeting (January 30, 2015)
  11. Increasing Efficiency in the Legal Department Through Technology (February 6, 2015)
  12. How to Run a Government Affairs Campaign (February 17, 2015)
  13. Crisis Preparation 101 (March 3, 2015)
  14. Trade Secrets and Protecting Your Company (March 19, 2015)
  15. Partnering with HR (1 + 1 = 3) (April 2, 2015)
  16. Trade Associations and Legal Risk (April 16, 2015)
  17. Data Privacy –The Essentials (April 30, 2015)
  18. Protecting Your Company’s Reputation and Brand (May 15, 2015)
  19. Index to Posts – November 2014 to May 2015 (May 27, 2015)
  20. Website User Agreements (June 9, 2015)
  21. Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO (July 7, 2015)
  22. Creating a Client Satisfaction Survey (July 28, 2015)
  23. Common Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel (August 18, 2015)
  24. Insurance Law Basics for In-House Counsel (September 9, 2015)
  25. The Attorney-Client Privilege – What You Need to Know (September 30, 2015)
  26. The “Safe Harbor Agreement” Invalidated – What Should I do Next? (October 13, 2015)
  27. How to Be More Productive Every Day (October 30, 2015)
  28. Preparing for When “Bad Things” Happen (November 24, 2015)
  29. The First Year – An Index of Posts (November 2014 – November 2015)
  30. Becoming General Counsel (December 21, 2015)
  31. Ten Best Legal Blogs for In-House Counsel -2015 (December 29, 2015)
  32. Record Retention – Policies, Programs, and More (January 18, 2016)
  33. In-House Counsel “To Do” List for 2016 (February 1, 2016)
  34. Writing Skills for In-House Counsel (It’s Different In-House) (February 16, 2016)
  35. What In-House Lawyers Really Want from Outside Counsel (March 14, 2016)
  36. Settlement Agreements – Making Sure it’s Really Over (March 31, 2016)
  37. Basic Corporate Governance for In-House Counsel (April 18, 2016)
  38. Dealing with the Board of Directors (April 29, 2016)
  39. Europe’s New Data Privacy Law: What You Really Need to Know (May 13, 2016)

I hope there is something of interest on the list for everyone.  I have tried to spread out the topics over a number of different areas relevant to in-house counsel.  Again, let me know if there is a topic of particular interest to you and I will try to get it on the schedule.  Some of the most common questions I get from readers are around re-publication, speaking engagements and continuing legal education (CLE) presentations.  If you are interested in re-publishing one of my posts, just let me know.  It’s usually fine with just a few conditions.  Regarding the other two questions, the short answer is “Yes” I have done and am available for speaking engagements (e.g., legal department off-sites, training, luncheons, award banquets, etc.) as well as CLE presentations (live or webcast).  If interested, drop me note.

I have some great ideas (my own and from readers) for posts for the rest of 2016, starting with the next column in about two weeks.  Over the next few months expect posts about arbitration clauses, habits of effective in-house lawyers, litigation financing, risk recognition and management, legal department technology (part II), and many more.  For good or bad, I am not out of ideas yet!  Thank you for reading and for spreading the word about “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel.”  For those in the USA, best wishes for the Memorial Day holiday this Monday.

Sterling Miller

May 26, 2016

(If you find this blog useful, please click “follow” in the top right so you get all new posts automatically, pass it along to colleagues or friends, and “Tweet” it. “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 sterling.miller@sbcglobal.net or smiller@hilgersgraben.com).


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