Ten Things: An Index to all the Posts (November 2014 to June 2017)

I realized the other day that it has been a while since I posted an index to all of the blog posts – November 2016 to be exact.  Since the last time I did this the blog has grown to well over 2,000 direct subscribers and the American Bar Association has published my book (based on the blog) entitled “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel: Practical Advice and Successful Strategies.”  Speaking of which, last week I received the highest compliment I could imagine about the book: my Dad read it and said it was “pretty good!”  All heady stuff for a guy who started out just wanting to jot down some of the things he learned over the course of a 20+ year career as an in-house lawyer.

I know there are a lot of great blogs and websites out there for you to read (and I’ll be writing about those later this year).  So, I am very appreciative of the fact that you make time to read my posts.  Based on the comments, the emails, and from talking with many of you directly, I hope I can continue to write about things that interest you and do so in a way that is practical and useful.  If not, then I have missed my mark.  I know I have missed my mark with being able to prepare a proper index on the actual blog site.  I am still a bit wary about messing with the technical aspects of WordPress because I think I’ll delete everything.  I know that’s not really likely, but that’s my biggest fear.  Anyway, I promise I’ll keep working on it but in the meanwhile, by popular demand(?), here is an index of all of the posts from the beginning back in November 2014 through today:

  1. Introduction (November 26, 2014)
  2. How to be a Successful In-House Counsel (November 28, 2014)
  3. All I Want for Christmas is a FCPA/Anti-Bribery Health Check (December 4, 2014)
  4. Time for a Conversation About Drafting Documents and Emails (December 10, 2014)
  5. Your Company Has Just Been Sued. Now What? (December 18, 2014)
  6. Help Your Client Get Their Contract Through Legal Quickly (December 23, 2014)
  7. Setting Goals for the Legal Department (January 7, 2015)
  8. Simple Ways to Retain and Reward Your People (January 14, 2015)
  9. Effectively Managing Outside Counsel Spend (January 22, 2015)
  10. Running an Effective Staff Meeting (January 30, 2015)
  11. Increasing Efficiency in the Legal Department Through Technology (February 6, 2015)
  12. How to Run a Government Affairs Campaign (February 17, 2015)
  13. Crisis Preparation 101 (March 3, 2015)
  14. Trade Secrets and Protecting Your Company (March 19, 2015)
  15. Partnering with HR (1 + 1 = 3) (April 2, 2015)
  16. Trade Associations and Legal Risk (April 16, 2015)
  17. Data Privacy –The Essentials (April 30, 2015)
  18. Protecting Your Company’s Reputation and Brand (May 15, 2015)
  19. Index to Posts – November 2014 to May 2015 (May 27, 2015)
  20. Website User Agreements (June 9, 2015)
  21. Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO (July 7, 2015)
  22. Creating a Client Satisfaction Survey (July 28, 2015)
  23. Common Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel (August 18, 2015)
  24. Insurance Law Basics for In-House Counsel (September 9, 2015)
  25. The Attorney-Client Privilege – What You Need to Know (September 30, 2015)
  26. The “Safe Harbor Agreement” Invalidated – What Should I do Next? (October 13, 2015)
  27. How to Be More Productive Every Day (October 30, 2015)
  28. Preparing for When “Bad Things” Happen(November 24, 2015)
  29. Becoming General Counsel (December 21, 2015)
  30. Ten Best Legal Blogs for In-House Counsel -2015 (December 29, 2015)
  31. In-House Counsel “To Do” List for 2016 (January 12, 2016)
  32. Record Retention – Policies, Programs, and More (January 18, 2016)
  33. Europe’s New Data Protection Law: What You Really Need to Know (February 9, 2016)
  34. Writing Skills for In-House Counsel (It’s Different In-House) (February 16, 2016)
  35. What In-House Lawyers Really Want from Outside Counsel (March 14, 2016)
  36. Settlement Agreements – Making Sure it’s Really Over (March 31, 2016)
  37. Basic Corporate Governance for In-House Counsel (April 18, 2016)
  38. Dealing with the Board of Directors (April 29, 2016)
  39. Europe’s New Data Privacy Law: What You Really Need to Know (May 13, 2016)
  40. Index to All the Posts – November 2014 to May 2016 (May 26, 2016)
  41. How to Negotiate: Practical Tips for In-House Counsel (June 14, 2016)
  42. Spotting, Analyzing and Managing “Risk” (June 28, 2016)
  43. Ten Habits of Highly Effective In-House Lawyers (July 15, 2016)
  44. Cool Tech for In-House Lawyers (2016) (July 29, 2016)
  45. Litigation Financing – a Primer (August 12, 2016)
  46. How to Delegate – The Essentials (August 30, 2016)
  47. How to Market the Legal Department to the Business (September 15, 2016)
  48. How to Create a Great Legal Department Website (September 29, 2016)
  49. The Search for the Perfect Arbitration Clause (October 13, 2016)
  50. How to Plan a Legal Department Offsite (October 31, 2016)
  51. An Index to All the Posts (November 2014 – November 2016) (November 15, 2016)
  52. Preparing Outside Counsel Guidelines – The Keys (November 30, 2016)
  53. Legal Blogs You Should Check Out (2016 Edition) (December 16, 2016)
  54. Succession Planning for In-House Legal Departments (January 16, 2017)
  55. Working From Home: Can it Really Work for In-House Counsel? (January 31, 2017)
  56. Ten Things In-House Lawyers Should Read Every Day (February 16, 2017)
  57. The Essentials of a Successful Trans-Border Transaction (February 28, 2017)
  58. Getting Internal Investigations Right (March 20, 2017)
  59. Protecting Your Board of Directors (March 31, 2017)
  60. Basic Finance for In-House Lawyers (April 17, 2017)
  61. Ten Essential Legal Department Issues for 2017 (What You Should be Focused on Right Now) (April 30, 2017)
  62. What In-House Counsel Need to Know About Social Media Pitfalls (May 15, 2017)
  63. How to Make Your In-House Clients Love You (and the Legal Department) (May 31, 2017)
  64. Slaying the Email Jabberwocky (June 15, 2017)


Over the next few months, I will be writing on legal project management, mediation, artificial intelligence, contests and sweepstakes, in-house career killers, “Cool Tech” 2017, and much more.  And if you get antsy waiting between blog posts, follow me on Twitter @10ThingsLegal and on LinkedIn where I post articles and stories of interest to in-house counsel daily.  As always, I enjoy getting your suggestions for future topics.  If you have something you think would make a good post, just drop me a note.  And I greatly appreciate the invitations to put on CLEs, speak at off-sites, and otherwise consult with legal departments all over the world.  It never fails to surprise me that pretty much regardless of location, the issues facing in-house lawyers are very much the same.  It is a small world indeed.

Thanks for reading and more good stuff to come!

Sterling Miller

June 29, 2017

If you find this blog useful, please click “follow” in the top right and you will get all new editions emailed to you directly.  “Ten Things” is not legal advice or legal opinion and represents my views alone. It is intended to provide practical tips and references to the busy in-house practitioner and other readers. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at either sterling.miller@sbcglobal.net or smiller@hilgersgraben.com.

My first book, “The Evolution of Professional Football,” is available for sale on Amazon and at www.SterlingMillerBooks.com.





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