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Help Wanted: Above the Law Seeks A Second In-House Columnist

Our first column for in-house counselInside Straight, by Mark Herrmann — has been received warmly, by Above the Law readers and advertisers alike. Inspired by its success, we have decided to seek a second columnist to cover the world of corporate counsel.

We already have two writers on the small-firm beat (Jay Shepherd and Valerie Katz). Given the importance of the in-house world to the legal profession, we feel that it too should be covered by multiple dedicated columnists, in addition to the in-house stories already generated by ATL’s full-time staff (Lat, Elie, and Staci). There are so many people who want to go in-house; we need to hear more from the people who are already there.

Are you interested in writing about the corporate legal world for Above the Law, or do you know someone who might be? If so, please read on for the details….

We’re looking for a columnist who can write for Above the Law twice a week, focusing on in-house issues. To get a sense of what we’re looking for, in terms of length and tone and content, just take a look at some of our existing columns — e.g., Inside Straight; Small Firms, Big Lawyers; and Size Matters.

Obviously, we need somebody who can be as enlightening and as entertaining as our current stable of writers. Otherwise, kittens die.

Why would you (or someone you know) want to do this? Here are some previously identified reasons for writing for us:

  • You can share your wit and insight with ATL’s thousands of readers (who may insult you; don’t take it personally).
  • You can hone your writing skills (on the non-legal side).
  • You can write under your own name or under a pseudonym (so long as you aren’t breaking any laws [e.g., laws or regulations concerning the dissemination on information by and about publicly traded companies]).
  • You will be paid (at a level commensurate with a freelance writing gig like this one).

If you’d like to apply, please send us your résumé or a brief bio, along with a cover email describing your vision for the column and how you’d make it appealing to corporate counsel readers. You can also send us a writing sample (of a non-legal nature, please); a link to any existing blog, Twitter feed, or other notable online presence you might have; or anything else that you think would be helpful to us in evaluating your application.

Please note whether or not you can get permission from your current employer to write for us. You can write for us anonymously, but in our experience things work better if your employer knows what you are doing. We’ll have a preference for people who can do this with the blessing of their employer.

As you might have noticed, our current in-house columnist, Mark Herrmann, is a litigator, and he sometimes writes about litigation-related issues from an in-house perspective. For this reason, in selecting our second corporate-counsel columnist, we’ll also have a preference for lawyers from the corporate / transactional side.

You can submit your application to us at (subject line: “In-House Column”). Please send in your application no later than FRIDAY, JULY 15, at 6 PM (Eastern time). We plan to review the applications this coming weekend.

Thanks for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

P.S. With respect to our writer needs here at Above the Law, we make them known through posts like this one. With the exception of Sponsored Content, which is an advertorial opportunity, we are generally not interested in outside contributions, guest posts, or other pitches. So there’s no need to send them our way. Thank you.