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Fall 2021 Reading Group

Leading as a General Counsel: The challenges of being an in house counsel in a volatile world

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This course will explore readings related to the roles and responsibilities of general counsel and inhouse lawyers, primarily in companies but also in governments and other organizations. It will cover the key issues faced by in house counsel and the important skills and knowledge which such lawyers should have. It will also cover key challenges such lawyers face relating to issues like governance, integrity and compliance, and investigations, both internal and governmental.

Among the issues which we will address are the history and evolution of in house counsel organizations; the relationship of such lawyers to CEOs, boards and other governing leaders and key governance issues that arise in organizations; the distinct legal and governmental challenges confronted outside the United States; and managing transactions, litigation and investigations both in the US and globally.

An important issue which we will discuss is organizational leadership – leadership by both the head and the heart. How to build a diverse and high performing organization? How to lead in pro bono activities? How to build a culture of performance, integrity and passion?

An emphasis of the course and the readings will be on leadership and crisis management, with a special focus on examples of the preeminent role of courage and integrity in addressing hard and cutting edge issues, both in the United States and globally.

More information about the instructor can be found here.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/13, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29

Drop Deadline: September 14, 2021 by 11:59 pm EST