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As in-house attorneys are increasingly expected to take on more strategic roles, in addition to counseling business executives, there may come a time when you must advise (or remind) the Board of Directors the qualities they need to look for in prospective directors.

What follows is a quick list of some of the attributes that a good addition to the Board of Directors would have.

While we normally don't cover state court cases, when the state is Delaware, we listen. Because of the sheer number of companies incorporated in Delaware, state court decisions can have a national impact.

A recent Supreme Court of Delaware case involved the board of directors, and what is necessary to effectuate a valid resignation.

A new study of corporate general counsel reveals that in-house counsel are lacking the resources they need to tackle compliance issues, according to Grant Thornton. One Grant Thornton professional noted that, "Corporate counsel are facing a variety of new regulatory risks every day," including fraud, data security, and ethics. He noted that, "perhaps because of these new risks -- corporate counsel do not feel they have the resources to keep up, perhaps creating a vicious circle of regulatory and litigation risk."

So, instead of running around like a hamster on a wheel, what can you do to better grasp compliance issues at your company? Here are four ways you company can get a better handle on compliance.

The New York Stock Exchanges Governance Services publication, Corporate Board Member, and executive recruitment agency BarkerGilmore, conducted a study to examine the role of general counsel in the boardroom. The study, entitled "GCs in the Boardroom and Beyond," (free download with registration) surveyed 275 directors and CEOs from Corporate Board Member's database.

The results? They are in line with the overall trend of the evolving role of general counsel, and there is recognition that general counsel have more to contribute than just being the fearless leader of the law department.

As you probably have heard, on Monday, Target fired then-CEO Gregg Steinhafel because of the massive data breach that compromised 70 million addresses and 40 million credit card accounts, resulting in a 2.5% decrease in fourth-quarter sales, reports The Boston Globe.

As general or in-house counsel, the last thing you should do is stick your head in the sand. You may think this has nothing to do with you -- but you are wrong -- this has everything to do with you. As in-house counsel's role evolves, business issues like this will more often fall in the realm of the legal department.

In 2009, during GM's reorganization, a new entity was created -- "New GM." Whereas Old GM would stay in bankruptcy and deal with the creditors, New GM bought old GMs profitable assets, essentially giving GM a fresh start.

Part of the reorganization required that pre-existing claims for personal injury and the like would be resolved in Old GM's bankruptcy proceeding. Judge Gerber noted, "the only alternative to an immediate sale is liquidation -- a disastrous result for GM's creditors, its employees, the suppliers who depend on GM for their own existence, and the communities in which GM operates."

But that was all before the ignition switch fiasco. Now what?

We've been hearing a lot of security data breaches lately -- some would say too much. From the Target and Neiman Marcus debacle to last week's Heartbleed bug, we now know why cybersecurity is on the minds of general counsel not just in the U.S., but worldwide.

Based on a recent district court decision, the data breach itself may be the least of a company's problem. What may be worse is not only the media and consumer fallout, but the possibility of FTC enforcement actions, and private litigation.

Please pass the Advil. 

FindLaw has a lot of content. Millions of pages of content, to put things in perspective.

It's unsurprising then, that occasionally, we even surprise ourselves by stumbling across some very useful content. Today's discovery? We have a ton of sample contracts, and not just the blank forms you can find all over the Internet. These are the actual contracts from the biggest companies out there.

Employment compensation agreements. Stock options. Severance. All from companies like Apple, AT&T, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and many others.

While you may not have had to deal with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") at your firm, now that you are in-house counsel, complying with the FCPA can be your day-today reality.

While the prohibitions of the FCPA regarding payment/gifts to foreign government officials, or government owned/funded entity, as well as the accounting and reporting provisions, may seem clear -- one thing does not -- how the FCPA applies in real life, daily transactions. That's where you -- oh great corporate counsel -- come in.

Here is a three-pronged approach to preparing for, and dealing with FCPA bribery compliance.

You've got a hefty to-do list, from reviewing your company's non-disclosure agreements to negotiating a licensing agreement for the accounting software. Plus, there's the upcoming push for a beefed-up compliance department.

The last thing on your mind is some twerp's tweet, but as we've seen repeatedly in 2013, social media is going to play an ever-increasing role in your day-to-day life. Updating your policies, quelling online rebellion without irking the NLRB, and protecting your company's brands are just some of the nightmares.

We've seen and covered it all. Here are 10 posts from 2013 that cover (almost) everything you need to know about managing social media at your company: