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In our ever-connected world, we lawyers are not strangers to the concept of always being "on call." In fact, when I picture a lawyer, the first image that comes to mind is someone checking their email on their phone -- constantly. While that may be normal for lawyers, what about the rest of your company's employees?

Earlier this year, Gallup reported that nearly eight in 10 (or 79 percent) of workers who "stay connected to the workplace outside of their normal working hours" view it as a "somewhat or strongly positive development."

Before you draft a hasty company policy regarding after-hours email, there are a few things to consider.

Um, Halloween in New Orleans? Do you need any other reason to attend this year's Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, October 28 to 31 in The Big Easy?

In fact, go book your flight, hotel room, and tickets to the meeting right now. We'll wait. Just leave this article open and do it in a new tab.

That's better. Now that you're all booked, what do you have to look forward to?

Welcome to the world of in-house counsel, the attorney who lives inside a company as one of its employees, advising and representing it. Did you go to the right law school for this? If you went to Harvard Law School, then you're well on your way.

Harvard, though, isn't your only option. Other top law schools send their graduates in-house, as well. For example, have you considered The Lone Star State? University of Texas, Austin ranks #5 in terms of sending its graduates in-house. UT School of Law ranks #15 on U.S. News and World Report's list of the best law schools -- nothing to sniff at -- but is among the biggest providers of in-house counsel. What gives?

Last week we had one of the worst days of news in recent history. The ongoing Israeli conflict in Gaza, and the downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 put front and center what we often try to forget: there are world conflicts that persist and life in other countries is not as safe as it can be here.

While we're insulated in our corporate cubes and offices, you may think that outside of news, these global crises don't have an impact on us. But you're wrong. Every world crisis can be a potential corporate crisis if you don't take the following steps.

How do you define the role of the modern in-house lawyer? It's probably some amalgamation of legal counsel, reputation manager, data security watchdog, and consigliore to the board. This person should also, of course, be good at watching the bottom line and reigning in outside counsel costs.

At this year's "The Lawyer" Awards (sponsored by Thomson Reuters, our parent company), the UK publication sought to recognize someone who excelled at the jack-of-all-trades role. Who did they pick for In-House Attorney of the Year? Sarah Nelson-Smith of Yum! Restaurants, the parent company of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.

Say what you want about Sheryl Sandberg's admonition to lean in, but whether you agree with her theory or not, she has added fuel to the long-stagnant discourse on the professional advancement of women. And it seems like companies are taking note -- and taking responsibility.

Now that the issue of women's professional advancement is definitively on the map, we can all start doing something about getting there.

We recently read an article about the "7 Secrets to Becoming General Counsel" and were inspired to distill the article for the busy in-house attorneys among you. The seven secrets were gleaned for us, by Corporate Counsel, by interviewing existing general counsel on how they got to their positions.

While we whittled down the message, we also consolidated the seven secrets to three tips. Even a busy in-house lawyer like you will have time to read and follow these tips. The next time you ask yourself if you are "GC material," the answer will be "yes."

Back in January, we answered the question: how can lawyers help combat human trafficking? The answer was awareness: learning about the problem itself, discussing it with business clients (especially those who have supply chains), ensuring that their legal services aren't used to further trafficking activities, and if necessary, dropping clients who refuse to conduct business legally and ethically.

Meanwhile, industry-wide, organizations like the American Bar Association were pushing for more stringent laws and increased awareness.

Last week, I read yet another post about women, and yet another thing they aren't doing as well as the boys in the corporate setting: speaking up at high level meetings. Researchers have confirmed that women "feel less effective" or that "their voices are ignored or drowned out," reports the Harvard Business Review.

I'll admit it, I'm guilty of this. Yes, I'm still kicking myself for not speaking up at my freshman orientation seminar at U. Penn. So, if you want to avoid the regret of not speaking up, let's see what we can all do to change.

Earlier this year we wrote a post about Starbucks and its smart non-reaction to a parody coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks, gleaning lessons in when to let it go.

A few months later, and Disney is teaching us a similar lesson -- and this time really, figuratively and literally, "Let It Go."