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When corporations break the law, individuals will be held accountable. That's the gist of a DOJ memo released this month affirming the Department's commitment to pursuing individuals for corporate wrongdoing. (It's almost like the saw the VW emissions fraud coming, or finally learned from years of criticism over their handling of Wall Street rule breaking.)

The so-called Yates memo, named after its author, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, marks a notable change from past practice. It sets out "six key steps" to strengthen the Department's focus on individuals when investigating corporate wrongs. Here are the highlights:

Here's a simple tip for corporate communications: don't start emails to your team with "Wuddup my n*****." In fact, don't use the "N word" at all. Ever. Especially not when you're working high up in a diversity-starved, struggling tech company.

It's not a hard lesson, but it's one that Yahoo's Jerry Shen failed to learn. Shen worked as a director of engineering and joined Yahoo after his fantasy football app was bought up by the purple, exclamatory tech company. He recently sent an N.W.A.-themed email throughout the company. It started with "Wuddup" and didn't get much better from there. Shen was fired the same day.

Fortune magazine released its annual Most Powerful Women list yesterday. The list surveys 50 successful female business women who represent $1 trillion dollars in stock and include over 27 female CEOs (with a bonus shout out to Taylor Swift).

Sadly, none of the top 50 are lawyers. But all of them have robust legal departments that would make a great home for any ambitious in-house attorney. Here are the top 3 most powerful women in America and an overview of the legal departments that support them:

We've said it before and we'll say it again: cybersecurity should be on the top of any GC's agenda. Not only is cybersecurity one of the main areas C-suite executives want their legal department to master, the costs of losing sensitive data can be massive, resulting in expensive litigation, loss of proprietary information, and reputation damage.

But how do you protect the data that's in the hand of suppliers, contractors, and the like? Don't worry, the federal government has been figuring that out for you.

Dick Costolo, the embattled CEO of Twitter, announced his exit from the company yesterday. Costolo had manned the company for the past five years, but faced increasing criticism as Twitter failed to increase its user base. Twitter co-founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey will replace him on an interim basis.

Costolo had long been criticized for failing to realize the full potential of the 140-words-or-less messaging platform, but his departure is still a surprise. Costolo's voluntary exit has lead to speculation as to how Twitter will evolve in his absence, or whether it will simply be sold to another tech company.

In the few weeks since Swiss police arrested seven FIFA executives on fraud, money laundering and racketeering charges, the once-untouchable organization has seen its standing decline drastically. FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, faces allegations that there was "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption throughout the organization. As the public watches, high-ranking members are turning on each other to place blame.

Even for in-house counsel who can't tell soccer from synchronized swimming, the FIFA scandal is something worth watching. As always, there are important lessons to learn from the organization's ignominy. Here's 3 FIFA scandal take-aways for corporate counsel -- and you don't even have to bribe us to get them!

It's been a bad breakup between American Apparel and its founder and ex-CEO, Dov Charney. Once Charney's bad-boy image had helped sell a brand that used "porny ads" to sell plain tees and spandex pants and rapidly expand across the U.S. After years of scandal, sexual harassment suits, and declining sales, Dov was finally kicked to the curb last December. But just like the creepy ex who won't leave you alone, Dov is refusing to take the break up in stride.

That has lead the company to take out a restraining order against Charney. What can GC's learn from this messy corporate implosion?

There are plenty of white collar criminals out there: insider traders, embezzlers, nearly all of FIFA. But there are also plenty of people who stumble into corruption, not because they are corrupt, but because there is not a strong enough ethical system in their workplace.

How can in-house counsel insure that otherwise ethical businesspeople don't stray into illegal practices? Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has some advice -- and if anyone is qualified to talk about white collar crime, it's him. Few lawyers have brought down as many white collar criminals as Bharara.

PayPal, the online payment company owned by Ebay, has agreed to pay $25 million to settle claims stemming from its "Bill Me Later" program. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had accused PayPal of refusing to honor the advertised terms of its online credit product, signing customers up for credit without their permission, and failing to properly manage its credit and billing system.

Thankfully, PayPal's failure can be your inspiration, as there's plenty to learn from the company's credit debacle.

A recent survey of directors, board chairs and CEOs sheds new light on the role of general counsel in large corporations. The survey, conducted by the legal recruiting company Barker Gilmore and NYSE Governance Services, reached over 5,000 corporate leaders, though the response rate was not given.

It's filled with valuable insights into the minds of executive teams, who are increasingly looking at general counsel as a valuable part of corporate leadership. Here's some of the lessons in-house counsel can take away: