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When it comes to general counsel in these modern times, where, for example, paw-ternity leave is actual a thing, the expectations are changing.

For one, the legal industry has changed quite a bit over the last decade (or two) as the internet and email have become part of daily life for nearly everyone. And alongside those amazing time saving innovations, legal technology has flourished too. As such, for General Counsel in the modern era, there are two trends that might be worth embracing.

You know how people are always saying -- it's who you know? Well, that might be more true than people like to actually admit.

According to a recent Harvard Business Review piece, one of the most critical components for achieving success in your career involves surrounding yourself with the right people. Surprisingly, it's not all about knowing people who can actually give you a hand up, but rather, it's more about knowing people who are going to challenge, inspire, and help lift you up.

When it comes to unplugging, most people think off-the-grid vacationing in the mountains, or on some remote beach. After all, unplugging from work on vacation is really important.

But, unplugging while at work can be good for business in a lot of different scenarios that don't involve getting lost in the woods with your co-workers when you only have enough provisions for the next two hours. Some companies value the benefit from employees taking time off so much that taking vacation is mandatory, but not many companies encourage unplugging while on company time.

However, below, you can read about a few of the times when you should unplug while trying to get work done.

If you have any say over how your company's arbitration agreements read with employees, clients, or anyone for that matter, you should take a look at the recent Eleventh Circuit decision in the JPay v. Kobel matter.

The court there ruled that arbitration agreements that did not specifically include or exclude class claims could fall under an arbitrator's purview to decide whether the claims should be arbitrated or litigated in court. Basically, it all depends on whether the clause calls for the application of particular arbitration rules, such as JAMS or AAA.

Often, when lawyers are considering moving in house, their searches are narrowly tailored to private corporations. However, there is a surprising amount of work available in the nonprofit sector for in house attorneys.

Generally, when lawyers think about nonprofit lawyer jobs, we think staff attorney positions that focus on serving underserved communities. But, like corporations, as nonprofit organizations grow, the need for in house attorneys and general counsel grows. Also, people often seem to forget that some hospitals, many schools, and nearly all foundations and charitable organizations, from massive to miniature, have compliance and other legal duties.

Below, you can read about three reasons why in house job seekers should consider focusing on nonprofit employers.

In-House Lawyers: Come Out of Your Shell to Get Ahead

Snails live with their houses on their backs, and will withdraw into them in a moment's notice.

Of course, they are slower than turtles. And their shells are really delicate -- not much protection against anything bigger than a shoe.

Some in-house attorneys are like snails, and don't get very far because they never stick their necks out. For them, it may be time for evolution.

For in-house counsel, the thought of taking a job at a startup might be enticing for several reasons (beyond just daily foosball tournament).

However, for every benefit you might think of, there's usually a corresponding sacrifice you'll have to make because you're a lawyer, and not some Millennial techie that can show up to work in ripped jeans and a t-shirt.

Below you can read about some of the pros and cons of going in house at a startup.

For in-house lawyers, the word vacation may be as foreign a concept as billable hours.

However, when the weather's hot and you want to stretch right up and touch the sky, you might realize that it's a little more difficult than you expected to do what you feel. There are unrealistic expectations and there will always be pitfalls when in-house counsel want to take time off.

Here are three tips to help you be one of those lucky in-house lawyers on the beach this summer.

How to Avoid Self-Inflicted Cybersecurity Wounds

Surprising as it may seem, the next cybersecurity breach will probably come from the inside.

That's because employees are often the source of the problem; they don't practice safe-internet. Disgruntled workers, too, may leave behind viruses that are harder to get rid of than an STD.

So if your company has a tendency for self-inflicted cyber wounds, the first thing to do is remove all the sharp objects. This is the inside story about how to fight cyberattacks.

Why You Should Take More Time for Strategic Thinking

Mount Moran is one of the spectacular mountains among the Grand Tetons -- perhaps the most beautiful peaks in the Western Hemisphere.

It is distinctive because it cradles several glaciers and tiny lakes, and some are visible only from lower elevations. So what does Mount Moran have to do with strategic thinking?

Well, you don't have to be at the top of the mountain to have perspective. For in-house counsel, it means taking time to appreciate what you can see from your position.