Our friends at InsideCounsel are offering a special discount code for readers of Evers eNews and this blog. The sessions this year are better than ever. Here are the details:
The 16th Annual Superconference — www.inhouseinnovates.com/superconference – presented by InsideCounsel, is right around the corner. No longer just providing legal counsel, in-house attorneys have become strategic business partners within their companies. They not only need to be influential in the boardroom, but must demonstrate the ability to make strategic decisions on both commercial and legal analysis. At the can’t miss event, you will:
- Earn up to 14.5 CLE Credits (including 2.5 Ethics Credits) PLUS if applying in Illinois credit will received by the June 30th deadline!
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- Be eligible to attend the invitation only complimentary Global Lawyer Forum on May 9, 2016 and help your company build a thriving international presence. (In-House Counsel only). NOW CLE ELIGIBLE!
- Learn tools and techniques from our leading industry expert speakers such as Julie Brill, former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commissioner, Co-Director Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, Hogan Lovells, Colleen Batcheler, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, ConAgra Foods, Rebecca “Riv” Goldman, VP, Commercial Law, Rockwell Automation, Jason Parkman, Chief Executive Officer, Mitratech, Mark Smolik, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, DHL Supply Chain plus many more who will provide best practices you must know to reach the next level of your career.
- Network with top legal industry professionals.
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Friends of our firm are likely familiar with the annual Inside Counsel “Superconference.” American Lawyer Media has acquired the conference rights and is growing it to four regional conferences re-titled, “In-house Innovates.” I am pleased to bridge this transition and return as a moderator. On May 10, I will moderate the panel, “GC & CFO: Managing Corporate Risk as Partners.” Details to come. I encourage you to visit the conference site and consider attending: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/156979/agenda/
With leadership from Cate Flahardy Communications, we ran our first Career Satisfaction Survey over the past few months. My thanks to Cate, who also edits our eNews and handles our Counsel Q&A. Many thanks also to Anthony Paonita, my editor at InsideCounsel. Anthony kindly published links from my career advice column at InsideCounsel to the survey, which enhanced participation.
And a big thank you to the 223 readers of eNews and Inside Counsel who completed the survey. The response was robust with a nice broad range of experience levels.
In a preliminary question, we asked how long each respondent has been with his or her current employer. Options were: 0 to 2 years; 2 to 5 years; 6 to 10 years; or more than 10 years. There were more responses of 2 to 5 years than any other option, and a whopping 55% of respondents are less than six years with their current company. There is increasingly high turnover and this should be troubling to general counsel. It means companies are losing people just as they are hitting their stride. More
When reviewing replies to our Career Satisfaction Survey , a recurring theme jumped out at me. In-house lawyers would like to have more control over their career paths. We had 55 write-in answers to the Question: “Other than money, what would make your job more satisfying?” Those were on top of the five options offered. Mike commented on the top two answers (“expanded responsibilities” and “promotion”) in his recent InsideCounsel column.
But I was really fascinated by a deep dive into the write-in answers, as many of you took the time and opportunity to vent about specific challenges you are facing. Here are half of the fourteen comments that started with the word “more”:
- “More control over work and output, the CEO is a control freak who needs to run everything.”
- “More involvement with the business teams on strategic development and rationale.” More
Janice Block was destined to be a lawyer. She grew up in northwest Indiana, her father was in private practice and her mother was an English teacher. But when Block was in sixth grade, her mother decided to get a law degree of her own. Family dinner table conversations from that point forward were lively, with discussions revolving around hot legal topics. And when Block and her sister had a day off of school, their mother packed them up and took them to class with her. “I remember sitting in an evidence class and thinking it was the coolest thing ever,” Block says.
Excelling in her studies, Block became only the second person in her high school to get accepted to and attend Princeton University as an undergrad. While going to law school seemed inevitable, she also had a passion for journalism and took a year after graduation to get her master’s at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. After finishing that program, she had the choice to be an anchor on a daytime news broadcast in Montgomery, Ala., or a street reporter in Davenport, Iowa.
“So I decided it was time to go to law school,” she says. “My friend from Princeton, Brad Smith—who went on to become the GC of Microsoft—suggested Columbia. I went for a visit and loved it.” More
Our well regarded corporate client in the northern suburbs (bio-pharma) seeks an experienced FDA Regulatory attorney for on-site Adjunct Counsel work via Evers Legal. Three days per week (but could be four or five depending on candidate preference and work load), plus travel approximately once per month to Boston. 4+ month assignment (predict it could extend much longer). We will pay well. Call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 for details, resume to email@example.com. Thank you.
I am pleased to have my colleague Meredith Haydon back and working with us again on a regular basis. As some of you may know, Meredith lost her husband Chris to cancer earlier this year and she took some time off. So this photo from a holiday party on Dec. 3 takes on special meaning for me. It also reflects our different styles. As Meredith would say, I’m the “schmoozer” with the big grin. And I’m always trying to get her to chill out more! Since 1999, our complementary strengths have served our clients well, and we look forward to more of the same in 2016. More
Need holiday gift ideas for your career-aspiring family, friends and co-workers? Your shopping just got easier!
Eight current and former general counsel—all of whom are highly successful lawyers who have been profiled on Evers Legal’s blog—talk about the books that most influenced their lives and careers.
Check out this list of books (in no particular order) that helped to pave the impressive careers of some of the in-house bar’s top lawyers. More
One thing is for sure, ever since Bonnie Michael can remember, she wanted to be a lawyer. Legend has it, she announced to her parents, at about six years old, that she would grow up one day to become a successful attorney. The youngster then sat down at her kitchen table, as the story goes, to write letters to deans of some of the country’s top law schools—Yale and Harvard were both on the list—to ask them what exactly she had to do to achieve this feat.
Michael herself doesn’t actually remember this story, but her proud mother has told it time and again. What Michael does remember is recognizing at a young age the importance of the work lawyers do and working hard to realize a goal she had set for herself so long ago. More
To our friends in the HR community: We are pleased to Sponsor the STAR Chicago holiday party this Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Union League Club. Please look for us on-site. If you want to attend and don’t have a ticket yet, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For event details, see: http://www.starchicago.org/