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There are plenty of stories of lawyers leaving firm life. In fact, the attrition rates for associates are huge. That many lawyers will eventually move on is a given and it's no secret that many lawyers fleeing firm life would love to become in-house counsel or even GC's.

But, once the migration has been made, would a GC ever go back? Could she?

Compliance, compliance, compliance! Why does it seem like over half of the legal department's job is to make sure the corporation is dotting its I's and crossing its T's?

Because that is a large part of the legal department's job, especially in publicly traded companies where the shadow of the SEC looms like the background like Sauron. (OK, maybe not that menacingly.) Ebenezer Scrooge said he learned to have Christmas in his heart the whole year; that's the attitude GCs need when it comes to regulatory compliance.

What is "maturity"? In organizational management, it's the degree to which organizational processes are formalized and optimized, meaning they're documented, structured, and being performed as efficiently as possible. High levels of maturity ensure that resources are being spent on the right things, and not being wasted on inefficient processes, like a billing department without a workflow that still uses paper for everything.

Maturity models work especially well for the corporate legal department, where many discrete tasks can be automated and savings analyzed, writes Inside Counsel. And, if you've mastered the Zen of maturity, you can move on to using legal analytics to actually add value to the company.

Are employees in your company traveling abroad for work? Depending on how high up they are in the company, what industry you're in, and where they're going, robbery and kidnapping are genuine concerns. So, too, are natural disasters and diseases. Pretty much same as here, but with a different legal system to content with.

Don't worry, though; you can keep them safe! Here are four things in-house legal counsel should know about mitigating the risks to your employees traveling abroad.

It's March again, which means everyone's favorite illegal betting racket is about to start back up. March Madness, with its accompanying office pools, live-streamed games, and potential loss of office productivity, can pose particular problems for corporate counsel. First, betting is widespread, with more than 50 million people taking part in office pools, often in violation of state and federal law. Second, even those who are not betting on games may be watching them at work, leading to extra strain on a company's computer system and lost productivity.

Here are some tips for how best to deal with March Madness without losing your mind:

If there's one department that's the thorn in the side of company employees, it's the IT department. Their answer is always "no" and they make you wait on requests for a long time.

Of course, that's equally true of the legal department, too. With Sarbanes-Oxley being what it is, coupled with the dystopian e-discovery future in which we live, the IT department and the legal department should be best buddies. Whose photo do you have in your heart-shaped locket?

Overworked as in-house counsel? Feel yourself burning out? Take a vacation! As you're no doubt already aware, even Americans who get paid vacation days still take the least amount of time off of any OECD members.

We're forfeiting $52 billion a year in paid time off, CNN reports. So we'd better use it, and this goes for you, too! The legal department will survive for a while without you, so here's why you should take that vacation:

3 New Year's Resolutions for In-House Counsel in 2015

It's that time of the year again: the time you'll make promises that you hope to follow through on, but likely won't. Still, it's an important ritual because it at least gives you the chance to set goals and evaluate your priorities -- even if you never get around to completing them.

What areas do in-house attorneys need to focus on? Data security is a painfully obvious place to start. Human resources policies could also use a "refine and shine" after another year of NLRB decisions shifting the landscape against employers. And finally, as is the case every year, you'll want to check up on outside counsel.

Is Your Company on Instagram? 3 Things GCs Should Watch For

The potential legal pitfalls of a company's social media presence are matched only by the seemingly endless variety of social media platforms about which to worry.

Facebook and Twitter should certainly be in your wheelhouse by now, but you may or may not be familiar with Instagram, a mobile-based video and photo sharing platform. Even if you're not entirely up to speed on social networking, you may remember Instagram as the company Facebook purchased in 2012 for a cool $1 billion.

Despite being owned by Facebook, Instagram is still operated as a stand-alone social network. As such, it has its own set of potential issues for general counsel to be aware of. Like what? Here are three things to watch out for on your company's Instagram profile:

'Darkhotel' Hack Targets Corporate Travelers: Avoid Public Wi-Fi

Here's a lesson that isn't quite a lesson -- more of a reminder: Avoid public Wi-Fi.

It doesn't matter if it's hotel Wi-Fi, Starbucks Wi-Fi, or your neighbor's unsecured network -- stay away when dealing with secure information. And seriously, if you get a surprise "Update This Now!" pop-up while on a public Wi-Fi network, don't click on the darn thing.

It sounds like common sense, but not everyone has that much sense in common, if you get the Jay-Z reference. The latest from Kaspersky Labs says that a "'Darkhotel' espionage campaign" has been fooling corporate travelers and targeting their data since at least 2009.