Archive for December, 2006

Tips for Transitioning In-House

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Many lawyers practicing at law firms hope to move in-house in the coming year. “Practical Tips for Young Lawyers Going In-House“, published by the ABA, provides helpful tips for all lawyers (not just young ones) who will be making that transition. When I moved in-house after seven years of practicing with a large law firm, I learned to implement the strategies that this article mentions, including:  learn the business, add value, and try to get involved in projects early before problems arise.

The article also notes the importance of communicating well with clients and not using legalese.  To that I would stress the importance of learning–and using–any industry or company-specific jargon.  Regularly and appropriately using such terminology will help you to seem like a member of the team and help to integrate you into corporate culture.

Merry Christmas (in 350 Languages)

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Merry Christmas to my readers. 

Knowing that international lawyers enjoy being facile in multiple languages, click here to learn how to say “Merry Christmas” in 350 different languages.

 Merry, merry! 

Lawyer’s Holiday Ode to Understanding Spouse

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Have you ever arrived late–or missed entirely–an important holiday celebration or other special event with your family or friends?  Most international lawyers can relate to being across the globe and missing their flight home or having it cancelled, only to realize the hopelessness of their plight:  there’s no way to make it home for an important family event.

I remember being in the middle of negotiations in Buenos Aires one time, and suddenly realizing that I was expected at home in Houston, Texas.  All I could do was telephone my husband and lamely explain my situation with inelegant words like, “Well, I’m still here in B.A.”

And so at holiday time, many lawyers think appreciatively of their partners’ patience and understanding.  One attorney even captured his appreciation in an ode to his wife, Merry Lexmas Baby, as published by the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog.  

There’s still time for you to compose one, too.  Happy holidays!

Doing Business in India CLE

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Need to know more about legal issues for US companies doing business in India?  If so, PLI is offering an upcoming CLE on this topic in New York on February 14 (Happy Valentine’s Day), and in San Francisco or via live webcast on March 7. To find out more, access the PLI website.

Traveling International Lawyers Can Rest Well Flying “Lateral Class”

Friday, December 15th, 2006

International lawyers know the pros and cons of international travel.  There’s not much glamour or comfort in flying all night on a full plane, even if you fly first class.  However, savvy travelers sometimes opt to buy three or four adjoining economy class seats, enabling them to stretch out and sleep much better than the first or business class travelers.  Yesterday’s Financial Times discusses this topic in “The ups and downs of flying lateral class”.