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UChicago Webinar: Dual role of CEOs - Business Leaders Who Happen to be Lawyers

March 14, 2018: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Changing Role of the General Counsel, The Legal Profession & the Practice of Law.

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Online webinar, IL


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Deadline: 3/14/2018


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The General Counsel of today is more of a Generalist Counsel – a businessperson who happens to be a lawyer, rather than merely a lawyer who understands the business. This is a non-trivial distinction that, when properly internalized by General Counsel, have catapulted them to a seat at the business strategy table.

The rapid ascent of the General Counsel has also been accompanied by a perfect storm of challenges that have created the need for a completely new set of operational and leadership skills for in-house lawyers. These skills stretch not only the paradigm of in-house lawyering, but also have significant implications for the business overall. These challenges fall into three intersecting categories:

• Increasing intensity of regulatory oversight and demands for compliance
• The convergence of risk and the rise of globalization
• The dissipation of corporate profits and the accompanying pressure on operational costs

How have businesses adapted to these challenges? What is an example of a core business process that is being affected (and improved) as a result of a response to these challenges? How can law and business graduates prepare themselves for succeeding in this environment?



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