Fred Krebs, is a senior adviser to the Association of Corporate Counsel, a strategic adviser to Clearspire, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. He served as president of ACC from 1991-2011. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @FrederickJKrebs.
Column: In-house Coach
Column: In-house Coach
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00
The increasingly global scope of the in-house practice came clearly into focus at the recent Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting. The 2,000 in-house counsel attending the conference included representatives from nearly 40 countries. The more than 130 exhibitors included vendors, law firms, and legal service providers from around the world. And, many of the over 100 program sessions were specifically styled as providing “the global perspective.”
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:00
In a few days I leave for Los Angeles and the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting for which I organized a session for those interested in teaching at law school. The response to what was to be a small, informal breakfast conversation with a few ACC members who currently teach at their local law school has been incredible. We had to change rooms as we now have over 200 registrants for this early morning session that does not even offer CPD credit.
Monday, 16 September 2013 09:00
As hard as it may be for some to believe, in-house counsel are not perfect! The legal media and blogosphere are filled with criticism of law firms and the legal profession by in-house counsel (and others) for their lack of business acumen, high costs, continued use of the billable hour, unsustainable business models, poor communication skills, and so on. You see less criticism of the in-house community and when you do it frequently addresses the failure to exercise fully their influence when dealing with law firms.
Monday, 12 August 2013 09:00
Monday, 15 July 2013 11:04
I saw a recent article about lawyers working together that renewed my interest in generational diversity and caused me to think once again about the challenges of a multi-generational workplace. For most of us, the demographics of our professional environments cross three or even four generations. Thus, we face the challenge to avoid what the Conference Board of Canada has referred to as the “generation wars.”
Monday, 17 June 2013 01:00
Situational awareness is a relatively new term, applied most frequently by the military, emergency services, and air traffic control. It is a complex field and has generated much study and many definitions. One I like simply defines situational awareness as “being aware of one’s surroundings and identifying potential threats and dangerous situations.”
Monday, 20 May 2013 08:00
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Monday, 18 March 2013 09:00
It is not surprising that lawyers like to benchmark. After all, we frequently rely on precedent when we make decisions. Of course, at its simplest, precedent (like benchmarking) merely compares what someone did previously to help decide what we do today. Many law departments use this technique to see how they stand relative to their peers and recognized leaders in key areas. The challenge is to identify a meaningful standard and actually take action when or if you come up short in the comparison.
Monday, 18 February 2013 08:00