Hi everyone! I hope you are either knee-deep in or getting ready for a wonderful holiday season. I know that I promised that my next post would be the annual best legal blogs edition but I decided to take a short detour (which I get to do because it’s my blog). I promise that before 2020 is over, I will post the best blogs edition. For today, however, I wanted to take up a question I have gotten repeatedly over the past six years or so of writing this blog: which posts are my personal favorites? So far, I have been able to nimbly dodge the question, like a Mike Pence press conference. It’s not that I don’t have favorites (I do) – I’ve just been too lazy to go back through all 128 blogs and pick which ones I like best. Today, however, I have been waxing a bit nostalgic about the blog and have re-read a number of the older ones and, while doing so, started putting a list together in my head about which ones I would most highly recommend to an in-house lawyer new to the blog. Rather than keep them in my head (where, trust me, there is plenty of room), I decided to write them down. It’s not an easy task (making the list that is, the writing down part is pretty easy). I think they are all interesting and useful, but – like in Animal Farm – some are more interesting and useful than others (and if you have never read Animal Farm – time for you to remedy that oversight pronto). So, in no particular order, here are my top ten favorite “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel” blog posts:
I realized the other day that it has been a while since I posted an index to all of the blog posts – November 2016 to be exact. Since the last time I did this the blog has grown to well over 2,000 direct subscribers and the American Bar Association has published my book (based on the blog) entitled “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel: Practical Advice and Successful Strategies.” Speaking of which, last week I received the highest compliment I could imagine about the book: my Dad read it and said it was “pretty good!” All heady stuff for a guy who started out just wanting to jot down some of the things he learned over the course of a 20+ year career as an in-house lawyer.
I know there are a lot of great blogs and websites out there for you to read (and I’ll be writing about those later this year). So, I am very appreciative of the fact that you make time to read my posts. Based on the comments, the emails, and from talking with many of you directly, I hope I can continue to write about things that interest you and do so in a way that is practical and useful. If not, then I have missed my mark. I know I have missed my mark with being able to prepare a proper index on the actual blog site. I am still a bit wary about messing with the technical aspects of WordPress because I think I’ll delete everything. I know that’s not really likely, but that’s my biggest fear. Anyway, I promise I’ll keep working on it but in the meanwhile, by popular demand(?), here is an index of all of the posts from the beginning back in November 2014 through today:
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:
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.