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If your company is on Facebook, and has a loyal following, it's quite possible that there are fan sites or Facebook fan pages on social media. According to Facebook's rules, fan sites are permitted so long as the brand's copyright is not infringed, doesn't "mislead others into thinking it is an official Page," and doesn't "speak in the voice of" the brand.

A Tale of Two Brands

In 2008, Coca-Cola learned that two of its fans created a Facebook fan page and had millions of "likes." Seeing this as an opportunity, Coke hired the two, giving them resources to build the page, and making their fan page the official fan page, reports Bloomberg.

In 1979, Mary Ann Hynes became GC at CCH Inc., the first woman general counsel of a Fortune 500 company, according to Corporate Counsel. Since then, women's ranks of general counsel at Fortune 500 compaines has grown. In 2014 the figure rose to 106, with women leading 21% of Fortune 500 company legal departments, says Corporate Counsel.

Invariably, findings like this bring up questions and comments. Some praise the growth, while others think the "growth" is moving too slowly. Here are some takeaways from the study about women leading law departments.

Legal process outsourcing is a growing trend, according to, as it "is emerging as a lower cost and fast growing alternative to the traditional model," (they even have an snazzy infographic to prove it). Has your company used legal process outsourcing? Interested? Here are some basics on determining whether legal process outsourcing is right for your company.

Why Use Legal Process Outsourcing?

The main reason to use legal process outsourcing is cost. According to Corporate Counsel's informal online survey it conducted last year on the legal process outsourcing industry, of the companies utilizing outsourcing, 68% chose to do so "to reduce costs." In fact, of the companies they interviewed, all had started outsourcing after the downturn. Other reasons to outsource legal process are to save time, manage risk, and create efficiencies, according to Infosys.

In the March issue of ACC Docket, the Association of Corporate Counsel released its findings of its "largest global survey of CLOs and GCs," the Chief Legal Officers 2014 Survey.


In comparison to other surveys, this particular survey has an "international flavour" with attorneys from 41 countries responding. The ACC notes that they received 1,220 responses, which reflects a 17.65% increase over last year's response rate, and a 23% increase in non-U.S. responses. Aside from the U.S. and Canada, other countries with high response rates included Spain, France, Germany, Singapore, Argentina, Israel, Switzerland, Brazil Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office named Sarah Harris as General Counsel, even though the USPTO's top leadership position is still vacant, reports Reuters.

Like many patent attorneys, Sarah Harris obtained a degree in electrical engineering before receiving her J.D. She went on to establish her career as an intellectual property attorney at Hewlett Packard and Compaq, was of counsel at Hayes and Boone, and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Cooper Industries, according to the Practising Law Institute. In addition, Harris was formerly president of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.

We recently posted about the influx of new general counsel at about 10% of large organizations, and the expected corollary to that is former general counsel are leaving those positions. The thing is, some general counsel are not leaving of their own accord.

Here's an update of the recent law department shakeups (some voluntary, some not) making headlines.

Is In-House Entertainment Law Right for You?

Are you uninspired by your corporate law job and have an insatiable attraction to seeming glamour of entertainment law? With the Oscars right around the corner, your interest in the field might be intensifying.

Though an in-house position at a Business and Legal Affairs department might sound like a dream job, the road to getting there is often arduous.

Here are five tips to consider before gunning for an in-house entertainment position:

A division of Working Mother Magazine, The National Association of Female Executives, recently published its 2014 results for the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, reports Forbes.


The methodology is simple: for-profit companies with over 1,000 employees and with at least two women on their board of directors are invited to complete an application consisting of over 200 questions on "female representation at all levels, but especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss leadership ranks." In addition, the survey tracks "programs and policies that promote the advancement of women" and how many female employees actually participate. Finally, the questionnaire looks into the ways managers are trained to "help women advance."

Rent In House Counsel for a Day: À La Carte Legal Services

Have you ever considered offering your services as in-house counsel à la carte? It's a burgeoning realm of the legal industry that caters to bright-eyed startups on shoestring budgets.

One such company, Daily General Counsel, launched recently, taking a foray into the next stage of GC life: on-demand in-house lawyering.

How it works: the attorneys swoop in to companies and provide legal services on an as-needed basis, playing the role of an in-house attorney for a day, resolving as many issues as they can in eight hours for a flat fee of $1,500, The Boston Globe reports.

Last week, we discussed the burgeoning legal department operations ("LDO") manager position in corporate legal departments. The relative newness is exemplified by the fact that LDO managers have been surveyed for less than ten years. But during that time, the field has grown, and with large corporations the likes of Ford Motor Co. and DuPont Legal leading the way, the number of LDO manager positions is likely to continue expanding.

Today, we examine the results of the Sixth Annual Law Department Operations Survey ("Survey") conducted by Inside Counsel, Blickstein Group, and Huron Legal. The findings indicate there are four major areas of concern for LDO managers today: cost, metrics, personnel and IT/cyber security.