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Violating the Americans with Disabilities Act is a simple way to end up on the losing end of a lawsuit. Fail to comply with ADA public accommodation requirements and you could find yourself sued for counters that are too high, aisles that are too narrow, and now, even websites that are inaccessible to people with disabilities.

The Department of Justice announced way back in 2010 that it was revising ADA regulations to ensure accessibility and nondiscrimination on the Internet. Five years later, little headway has been made. Don't let that trick you into complacency, however. In the DOJ's view, the ADA already applies to the Internet. Responsible GCs should ensure that their company websites are ADA accessible sooner rather than later.

If you’ve been woken up by a databreach nightmare recently, you wouldn’t be the only one. From the federal government to garden-variety cheaters, it seems that no one is safe from hackers these days. For a GC, few things are worse than being notified that the company’s confidential data has been compromised.

Don’t let yourself be paralyzed by data breach fears, however. Careful planning can help companies avoid data breaches and respond quickly and effectively should they occur. These three questions can help get your legal department started on that process.

If your company is looking to do business in China, it's not alone. China has quickly become one of the world's largest consumer markets and manufacturing nations, making business in China ever more common -- despite the Chinese market's recent turmoil.

When a company starts looking towards China, its legal department needs to prepare. Doing business with China is unique in many respects and poses particular issues and challenges for American in-house counsel. Here are five considerations to keep at the forefront when preparing to do business in China:

Whether you're a legal department of one or in charge of a behemoth in-house team, managing a legal department is no easy task -- especially if you're doing it blindly. How exactly do you track your performance or know if you are maximizing your department's resources?

Metrics, of course. Thankfully, Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company, has an extensive series on legal department metrics over at its Corporate Counsel Blog. We think these metrics should be integrated into every in-house teams' practice. Here are some highlights:

If you're an Anglophile or just in-house at a company that does frequent work with the Brits -- either way, you might benefit from becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. Becoming a solicitor (that's English for "attorney") can help you understand the laws and regulations of England and Wales and can even allow you to practice in the United Kingdom, should the need ever arise.

Becoming a solicitor is actually quite feasible. According to Above the Law, a committed in-house attorney could accomplish the task in a matter of months.

The St. Louis Cardinals were reportedly caught stealing more than bases from the Houston Astros last week. An employee for the Red Birds allegedly breached the Astros' private database of player information, notes and trade discussions, leading the FBI to announce an investigation into the foul play.

There's plenty of lessons to learn from the Astros' breach, which was less cloak and dagger corporate espionage, and more simple failure to implement basic data protection steps. Here's what in-house counsel needs to know to help prevent their company from falling victim to nefarious MLB franchises -- or anyone else.

Asian American lawyers who gathered in Chicago last year to discuss roadblocks to a career advancement expanded their roundtable program to the West Coast last month. A roundtable event in California's Silicon Valley, focused on Asian American GCs, sought to provide networking opportunities and dialogue about the careers of Asian American in-house attorneys.

The meeting, hosted by the legal consultancy Major, Lindsey and Africa and the firm Shearman and Sterling, brought together both firm and in-house lawyers to discuss career advancement and obstacles.

The Association for Corporate Counsel, a bar association for in-house attorneys, has honored its "Top 10 30-Somethings" at its May CLE training. These young in-house lawyers are good examples of the changing roles facing in-house counsel, as companies begin looking to their legal departments for more than just legal advice.

The awards honored young lawyers, between 30 and 39 years old, who are "proactively approaching challenges and striving for innovation," the ACC's president said. So, who won and what did they to earn the honor?

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.

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: