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NFL In-House: How to Get Paid by Pro Football Without Wearing a Helmet

Getting paid to watch NFL football? No helmet? No microphone? What kinda job is this anyway?

Cassie Sadowitz, any football fan would say, has a dream job. She is general counsel for the Jacksonville Jaguars. She spends most of her time on the legal department's document retention and management systems. She also works on sponsorships and HIPAA compliance for the team.

Do In-House Lawyers Still Get Bonuses?

In-house counsel have seen their fortunes rise and fall with American business, almost as predictably as the stock market. Right. Right?

Obviously, it is hard to predict or even monitor the ups-and-downs of the economy, especially in terms of the pay of in-house counsel. They are bound by ethics and law not to reveal certain aspects of their clients' businesses, and they are often unwilling to share information about their compensation. Yet they are inherently curious about how much others are making, and so anonymous surveys can give some insights into trends in their compensation.

Skip the commute. Work in your pajamas. Pass the day in a coffee shop. Spend more time with your kids. These are just a few of the perks of working from home, a trend that's grown so quickly that 20 to 25 percent of the American workforce now telecommutes "at some frequency," according to Global Workplace Analytics. But telecommuters aren't spread out evenly. Working from home has been slow to catch on in corporate legal departments, where working in-house typically requires being in-office.

But can in-house lawyers work successfully from home? The answer, from a former general counsel, is yes, so long as the right systems are in place.

Unbeknownst to many (okay, almost everyone), there's a secret club of high-powered in-house attorneys that meets annually to share tips and coordinate strategy. The group, which includes the top lawyers from some of the world's biggest banks, doesn't have a name, or even an official membership list, Bloomberg reports. But at this year's meeting, they had one common foe: consumer class actions.

This year, in-house attorneys from Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and more, gathered at Versailles (yes, the "let them eat cake" Versailles) to share how best to defend against class action suits accusing them of market manipulation. Here's what they came up with.

Since the 1960s, people have imagined a future full of virtual reality; headsets that could transport you to fin de siecle Paris, holodecks that could recreate the African savanna. But for so long, nothing happened. It seemed like virtual reality would go the way of hoverboards and flying cars; an exciting idea that would just never happen.

No more. Virtual reality is back and booming, with virtual reality games, virtual reality news apps, and millions of dollars invested in VR startups. So, what's it like to be an in-house attorney on the cutting edge of virtual reality technology?

It's the dream of almost every new tech startup: grow big, gain buzz, and get acquired. Indeed, acquisition has largely replaced IPOs as the get rich quick strategy of choice, as giant companies like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook have paid out billions to acquire promising new companies.

But for a startup's lawyers, getting acquired can mean major and sudden changes to their job, if they get to keep it.

A little over a year ago, the Department of Justice released the Yates Memo, named after its author, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates. That memo set out a new approach for the DOJ: when companies do wrong, individuals will be held accountable.

That's great news if you're part of the "tough on corporate crime" camp. It's less exciting if you're a corporate lawyer or chief compliance officer who could be held personally liable for your company's failings. A recent survey shows that the vast majority of in-house counsel and CCOs are worried about personal liability following the Yates Memo and almost two-thirds of in-house attorneys and CCOs are less likely to remain in their position as a result.

Can the corporate law department transform the legal profession? Yes. And it is. In-house law departments are leading the change in legal technological innovation, reimagining how legal services are delivered, and even reshaping the face of the legal industry itself.

To celebrate those efforts, ALM and Inside Counsel have recently named the recipients of the seventh annual Transformative Leadership Awards, recognizing "pioneers in the economic empowerment of women in corporate law."

Airbnb Hires Eric Holder for Damage Control

In order to develop a 'world-class anti-discrimination policy,' Airbnb recently hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. This move follows rather coincidentally after the company became tangled up in a lawsuit alleging discrimination by hosts against guests based on their sex or ethnicity.

Google Hires First GC for Self-Driving Car Biz

Perhaps sensing blood in the water because of Tesla's driverless car legal troubles, Google Alphabet's self-driving car arm has named its first general counsel -- just in time for increased scrutiny by U.S. regulators over autonomous driving vehicle technology.

Google has said publicly that there is no current timetable for releasing self-driving cars to the public. And after the recent unwelcome attention to the sector, we can understand the cautionary language.