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    • 21664-01
    • *Challenges of a General Counsel: Lawyer as Leader
    • Solender
    • Thu 6:10 PM-8:00 PM
    • 2
    • Professional Responsibility
      New York Bar Professional Responsibility
    • faculty permission
    • exam required
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    *Challenges of a General Counsel: Lawyer as Leader (21664). 2 units. This course will explore the three fundamental roles of lawyers--acute technician, wise counselor and lawyer as leader---in a series of problems faced by general counsel of multi-national corporations. The "cases" in this course involve questions beyond "what is legal" and focus on "what is right", using specific illustrations drawn from the contemporary business world -- e.g., the BP oil spill, Google's clash with the Chinese government, the Mark Hurd resignation from Hewlett Packard, the Goldman Sachs mortgage case. These cases involve a broad range of considerations: ethics, reputation, risk management, public policy, politics, communications and corporate citizenship. The course will advance for critical analysis the idea of the general counsel as lawyer-statesman who has a central role in setting the direction of the corporation but who must navigate complex internal relationships (with business leaders, the board of directors, peer senior officers, the bureaucracy) and challenging external ones (with stakeholders, governments, NGOs and media in nations and regions across the globe). The course advances a broad view of lawyers' roles and examines the skills, beyond understanding law, required in complex problem-solving by the lawyer-statesman. Benjamin Heineman will be a guest lecturer in the course. Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to twenty. Self-scheduled examination. M.S. Solender.

    Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among their permission-of-the-instructor selections, interested students should submit a CV and a copy of their transcript by December 10, at 4:30 p.m. Submission of a short statement of interest is optional. Application to this course constitutes consent for the instructor to review your Law School transcript.

    Location: SLB - 124 (Thu)
    Grade mode: graded
    CRN: 20497
    Exam: 5/04/2015 - 5/14/2015
    Questions available online
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    Length: 4 hour(s)

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