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For in-house lawyers, climbing the ranks to a management position requires showing that you have leadership abilities. One way to show those qualities is via proper email etiquette.

Unfortunately, printing out a stack of your emails to show your interviewers isn't going to get you very far. But if you're trying to climb an internal ladder, exercising proper email etiquette is critical when there are "carbon copies" or "CCs." Failing to do so could earn you a lasting reputation as a luddite.

Here are three email etiquette tips to be a better leader.

3 Reasons to Double-Check Employees' Immigration Status

It's about time to double-check your workers' legal status.

Emerging federal policies -- such as restricting travel, building a wall, and deporting undocumented children -- obviously target immigrants in America. But the laws affect American companies as much as anybody.

Employers have to keep an eye on the following issues:

Tips for Managing Promotion Expectations as GC

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a remarkable difference between in-house attorneys and out-house ...

Alright, that wasn't fair. But you know where we're going with this. In-house counsel and outside counsel are different animals.

It's not just that one goes to work in casual wear, and the other wears a dress suit. It's actually about the difference in pay -- and not what you think.

The Upside of Having Bored Employees

Albert Einstein had a boring job.

He was working at a patent office in Switzerland, and he would stare at the clock tower outside and daydream. It was during those days that he conceived of a theory that changed the world.

There was only one Einstein, but there are workers everywhere who are bored with their jobs. There is an upside to that for employers.

How to Break Out of an In-House Rut

The problem with being in a rut is it's hard to get out.

If you try to turn one way or another, the rut pulls you back in. You're stuck going the same old direction.

When it happens at work, you have some options. You don't have to stay stuck.

IBM Under Scrutiny for Age Bias in Layoffs

IBM, one of the largest employers in the world, is paying closer attention to its layoffs these days.

With more than 380,000 workers worldwide, it was already a touchy issue when the company announced 10,000 layoffs in January. But in the spotlight of a new report, it looks like IBM systematically laid off 20,000 older Americans in recent years.

While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking into IBM's numbers, corporate attorneys might want to double-check their own.

CSR: Is Doing Good a License for Workers to Do Bad?

Human behavior can be harder to understand than corporate behavior, and that can be a problem for companies trying to do good.

Those are observations from a University of Chicago economist who is noted for his field experiments in economics. John List recently discussed on a podcast his experiments on corporate social responsibility.

On the internet radio program, he said that workers who took jobs with a good company surprisingly did some bad things. They cheated.

AT&T Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

AT&T may need to change one of its plans -- the one that deals with employee pregnancy.

According to a proposed class-action, one of the company's subsidiaries discriminates against pregnant workers. Two class plaintiffs allege that they were fired under a plan that doesn't account for pregnancy-related leave.

Their attorneys claim that the plan "punishes women for being pregnant." AT&T says it does "not tolerate discrimination of any kind."

Why Your Company's Drug Testing Policy Is Due for an Update

Medical marijuana may be legal in your state, or it soon may be, but that is not the story.

Everybody knows it is still a controlled substance under federal law, so party-goers beware even in recreational-use states. But that is not the story either.

The real story, particularly for corporate counsel, is that companies need to update their drug policies on marijuana use. That's because weed use is growing like, well, that's another story.

Should You Negotiate a Job Offer for In-House Counsel?


That's the anwer to the headline's question. Next question: How do you negotiate the job offer?

That answer will take a few more words because it's not what you were thinking. It's not just about the money.