Today’s lawyers often practice more than just law. They are business consultants. Problem solvers. Financial strategists. That’s why Villanova University School of Law is pushing the boundaries of traditional legal instruction and infusing vital business coursework and experiential learning opportunities into every student’s education.

Jiminy jillickers! ATL editors are going all over the place over the next month or so. Or at least all over the Eastern Seaboard. If we aren’t heading to your neck of the woods on these trips, never fear, we may hit you up on the next time around. We’ve already hit up Houston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in the past year.

So what all are we up to this time?

Washington, D.C. — October 27: First up is our SCOTUS preview event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by eQ. with Lisa Blatt, head of the appellate and Supreme Court practice at Arnold & Porter, and Tom Goldstein, partner at Goldstein & Russell and publisher of SCOTUSblog. Come on by Monday, October 27, at 6 p.m. for food, drink and company. Sign up here to reserve your place.

Philadelphia, PA — November 5: Next up, Elie and Joe are visiting that place where it’s always sunny for an after school happy hour for law students courtesy of Kaplan Bar Review. Details are still being worked out, but expect food and drink and maybe some other goodies. Most importantly, swing by to see Elie and Joe fight about how much Chip Kelly owns the soul of the NY Giants. Check us out on Guy Fawkes Day, Wendesday, November 5. RSVP here.

Washington, D.C. — November 6: The Elie and Joe Kaplan Bar Review roadtrip continues South for a return visit to our nation’s capital for another installment in our law school trivia showdowns. As always, food and drink and prizes for first and second place. Which D.C.-area law school has the smartest students? Let us know if you’re coming.

Chicago, IL — November 20: The “New Normal” is no longer new. Join preeminent law firm management consultant Bruce MacEwen and other legal industry thought leaders for a panel discussion (sponsored by Pangea3) on the evolutionary and market forces bearing down on the law firm business model. Come on by Thursday, November 20, at 6 p.m. for thought-provoking discussion, food, drink, and networking. Sign up here to reserve your place.

So that’s a lot of running around over the next month. Again, RSVP to the events you plan to attend and we’ll see you there!

SCOTUS 10/27
Philly Happy Hour (students) 11/5
DC Trivia (students) 11/6
(No Longer) “New Normal” 11/20

Kinney Recruiting’s Evan Jowers is currently in Hong Kong for client meetings and still has a few slots available through October 22.  Evan will also be in Hong Kong November 14 to December 15.  Further, Robert Kinney has been in Frankfurt and Munich this week and is available for meetings with our Germany based readers.

One of our key law firm clients has referred us to one of their important clients in the US, Europe and China – a leading global technology supplier for the auto industry – in order to handle their search for a new Asia General Counsel and Asia Chief Compliance Officer.

Kinney is exclusively handling this in-house search.

This position will have a lot of responsibility and include supervision of eight attorneys underneath them in the Asia in-house team.  The new hire will report directly to the global general counsel and global chief compliance officer, who is based in the US.  The new hire’s ability to make judgement calls is going to be as important as their technical skill set background.

The position is based in Shanghai and will deal with the company’s operations all over Asia and also in India, including frequent acquisitions in the region.

It is expected that the new hire will come from a top US firm’s Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong offices, currently in a top flight corporate practice at the senior associate, counsel or partner level.  Of course, the candidate can be currently in a relevant in-house role.

Mandarin fluency is strongly preferred.

Compensation package is at over $500,000 USD.

Please reach out to Evan Jowers at <a href=””></a> or <a href=””></a> if you are interested.

The JOBS Act created new tools for companies to publicly advertise securities deals online.   As a result, thousands of new deals have hit the market and hundreds of millions in capital has been raised, spurring a wealth of new business development opportunities for attorneys.

Fund deals, startup capital raises, PIPE deals and loan syndicates are just a handful of the transactions benefiting from the JOBS Act.  InvestorID FirmTM is a platform designed to help attorneys equip their clients with the workflow, marketing and compliance tools to publicly solicit a securities offering online.  By providing clients with the tools to painlessly navigate the regulatory landscape of general solicitation, InvestorID FirmTM helps attorneys add value above just legal services.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) went into effect in 2013 and permits Regulation D offerings of securities to be advertised publicly.  This means that funds and companies can now use social media, emails and web sites to market transactions to new “accredited” investors.

However, with these new powers come new pain points.  InvestorID FirmTM provides a secure, fully hosted, cloud-based platform with a breadth of tools for your clients, including:

  • Custom, white-labeled investor portals with transaction-specific URLs
  • Offering and investor management workflows
  • Secure document sharing among third-parties
  • Integrated compliance tools including accredited verification, “bad actors” reports and AML screening

Thousands of companies are trying to raise capital through Reg D every day, many of which are pursuing the new Rule 506(c) route. InvestorID FirmTM equips your clients with better tools to interact with investors and raise capital—including through securities “crowdfunding”—which creates billable hours for your firm to manage and close deals and perform compliance tasks.  After the close, the suite of tools for ongoing reporting and investor management places your firm at the center of your clients’ investor relations efforts, which translates to ongoing, long-term engagement with the client.

Many attorneys prefer not to wrangle with certain compliance processes like verification of accredited investors, screening for “bad actors” and AML.  Rather than punt on a solution, you can use InvestorID FirmTM to outsource these compliance tasks to securities compliance firms at a fraction of the cost of legal services.

Additionally, the platform has pricing tiers that make it affordable for every size law firm, including solo practices.  The ROI for InvestorID FirmTM is less than one transaction for most practices.

Ready to get started?  Visit our site at or contact us at for a demo account today!

London’s Lavender Law


It’s the legal profession’s equivalent of a long-term relationship.

When Michelle Waites, Senior Patent Counsel for Xerox Corporation, attended The LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law conference several years ago, she wasn’t sure what to expect. She left having forged a lasting business relationship that still endures today.

It was during The LGBT Bar’s event – an annual gathering of more than 1,600 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied legal professionals – that Waites first met Marla Butler, a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, who specializes in patent law.

Today, the two are still close friends as well as professional colleagues. Butler’s firm continues to work with Xerox – a business partnership forged via The LGBT Bar.

On November 19th, The Bar will present its first-ever conference outside the United States. Dubbed “A Lavender Law Experience for Europe,” the day-long Business Legal Conference will replicate programs such as the one that brought Waites and Butler together for legal professionals in Europe.

“We hear, every single year, about important business relationships that are forged through The LGBT Bar’s networking and educational events,” says the group’s executive director, D’Arcy Kemnitz. “For LGBT professionals, and our allies, ‘community’ is important. And for more than a quarter-century, The Bar has been the premiere place for our community to come together, network and make our professional more inclusive, more involved and more profitable. We’re excited to be exporting that experience to London for our inaugural event abroad.”

Presented in conjunction with Interlaw Diversity Forum, and hosted by JPMogran, the event includes CLE & CPD panels; a corporate counsel awards reception honoring Guardian News & Media’s Director of Editorial Services Gillian Phillips, and a career fair for both young and seasoned professionals looking for their first job – or their dream job – in the law.

The event will also honor Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of the City of London, for her work supporting LGBT equality.

“Our goal,” Kemnitz says, “is to bring together London’s best law firms, recruiters and corporate counsel representative for a unique, one-day expo to help attendees make the best connection with clients, the community and their careers.”

That unique experience is key, The Bar says, to forging profitable relationships like the one between Waites and Butler.

“I had never been to a conference where you would meet people from law firms you might work with,” Waites recently said. “In my company, there’s a push for having a diverse network of outside counsel, but I didn’t know of anybody among our outside counsel who was LGBT, so I wanted to go and try to meet some LGBT lawyers I could bring back to Xerox.”

Three years later, the connection endures.

“That kind of strong, business relationship is what The LGBT Bar is all about,” says Kemnitz. “And that’s exactly the value we’re bringing with us to London in November.”

For a complete line-up of events, and to register, visit

CLE and Ski!


One of the best CLE conferences we have attended over the years is the National CLE & Ski Conference, now in its 32nd year. Please join us and see for yourself! We three are your “environmental law” co-chairs.

The 2015 Conference is January 7-11, 2015 at the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort in the majestic Colorado Rockies. You can choose from 8 different programs, including Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation,  Employee Benefits, Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Labor & Employment. Our favorite, of course, is our popular Environmental Law, Land Use, Energy and Litigation Program.

Every year, without fail, we come away with valuable insights and knowledge from colleagues, and new professional contacts, not to mention memories of world-class skiing. We enjoy hitting the slopes with attendees, friends and colleagues each day between the morning and evening CLE sessions.  

Click here for photos of networking events, and us on the Ricky’s Ridge and Blue Ox ski runs. Thanks to the discount ski lift passes and accommodations offered through the Conference, skiing what Vail (and Beaver Creek) have to offer, including Vail’s world famous back bowls, won’t hit your wallet quite as hard.

Be sure to use the promo code ABOVETHELAW when registering to receive a $25 discount!

We are particularly pleased with the agenda we put together for our program this year.   The expert faculty members are coming from  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington DC, and Washington State. They will address legal developments in air, water and wetlands law, energy and climate change, Superfund law and Brownfield sites, tax and conservation issues, land use control and development, storm water and TMDLs, condominiums and other common interest developments, health risk assessments, and much more!

See you in Vail!

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McGregor & Associates PC
Boston, MA

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Exponent, Inc.
Boulder, CO

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Rich & Henderson PC
Annapolis, MD

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Start with Practical Law


Practical Law provides legal know-how that gives lawyers a better starting point. Our expert team creates and maintains up-to-date, practical resources that go beyond traditional legal research. Our checklists, annotated model documents, how-to guides and market reports give lawyers instant access to what they need to practice more efficiently, improve client service and add more value.

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Today’s lawyers often practice more than just law. They are business consultants. Problem solvers.  Financial strategists.  That’s why Villanova University School of Law is pushing the boundaries of traditional legal instruction and infusing vital business coursework and experiential learning opportunities into every student’s education. Whether students pursue corporate, criminal or public interest practice, Villanova prepares graduates to become the kind of lawyer the market demands.

“Firms and institutions want attorneys who can hit the ground running,” says John Y. Gotanda, the Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova University School of Law. “Our efforts are designed to provide students with the skills they need to practice on day one and throughout their careers.”

The Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the embodiment of Villanova’s new curricular innovations. Designed to foster collaboration, the Center is a hub for cross-disciplinary programming, groundbreaking coursework and real-world learning opportunities.

Two new courses that teach financial literacy, valuation principles and legal project management were designed with the help of industry experts and leading law firms. Students put these concepts into practice as they work through real-life legal scenarios under the supervision of some of the best practicing attorneys in our region.

In the new Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, students gain valuable hands-on learning experience in entrepreneurial law. Under the supervision of faculty, students act as primary counselor to emerging businesses – advising on business-related, transactional matters such as corporate formation, intellectual property, contracts and more.

This is where students will engage with experts on front-page issues.

This is where faculty scholars will train students to be practice ready in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world.

This is where law meets business.

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Ten Remarkable General Counsels Speak at NAWL’s 10th General Counsel Institute

Today’s world-class organizations require in-house counsel not only to be expert lawyers, but also to be multi-faceted, strategic, and motivational leaders who engage themselves, their law departments, and their organizations to achieve business objections.  On November 6th and 7th, 2014, the National Association of Women Lawyers® (“NAWL”) will present its Tenth Annual General Counsel Institute® (“GCI 10”) – Strategic Leadership: Developing Legal Expertise and Skills to Enable and Empower Yourself and Others in the 21st Century — to over 200 senior in-house women counsel from companies across the countryIn honor of the tenth anniversary of GCI, NAWL will have ten remarkable General Counsels speak at its event:

  • Donna Costa, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America;
  • Beth DeSimone, General Counsel, CommunityOne Bank, N.A.;
  • Vicki Donati, General Counsel, Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc.;
  • Cynthia Gibson, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.;
  • Leigh M. Harlan, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Tiffany & Co.;
  • Sandra Leung, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company;
  • Jennifer Rochon, General Counsel, Girl Scouts of the United States of America;
  • Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Microsoft Corporation;
  • Monica Weed, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Navigant Consulting, Inc.; and
  • Linda Willett, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Are you an in-house attorney?  Attend the event!  Are you outside counsel?  Consider sponsoring the event, reaching out to in-house lawyers you know, or sponsoring an in-house client by purchasing a ticket for her.  It’s a great point of contact with your client or prospective client and will spread the word about GCI 10!

The National Association of Women Lawyers is the leading national voluntary organization devoted to the interests of women lawyers and women’s rights.  NAWL was founded by a group of eighteen (18) women lawyers in New York City in 1899 and originally called The Women Lawyer’s Club (“Club”).  In 1915, women’s suffrage became the first major project undertaken by the Club.  Three-time Club President, Olive Scott Gabriel, argued for women’s voting rights across the country.  Four years later, Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.  The Club’s membership mobilized to work for ratification by the states.  It also worked consistently on social legislation – including child labor laws, minimum wage, divorce and marriage laws, the right for a woman to keep her name after marriage, and the right for women to serve on juries. In 1923, due to increasing nationwide membership, the Club became the National Association of Women Lawyers.  That same year, it held its first national convention in Minneapolis with Chief Justice William Howard Taft.

In 1935, NAWL became one of the first national organizations to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”), first introduced to Congress in 1922.  The ERA became one of NAWL’s highest priorities for the next several decades.  In 1943, NAWL became an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association.  It led the creation of opportunities for women to serve in the military and had more than 150 of its members serving in the Woman’s Army Corp., Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service, and the Marine Corp.’s Women’s Reserve.

In 1952, NAWL drafted the Uniform Divorce Bill, calling it “the greatest project NAWL has ever undertaken.”  In 1972, Congress passed the ERA and NAWL members embraced this victory by seeking ratification of the amendment by the states – a feat that would take until March 22, 1984 when Mississippi ratified it.  In 1985, NAWL began granting membership to male applicants.

Two decades later, the Immediate Past President of NAWL, Stephanie Scharf, now a partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, founded the General Counsel Institute (“GCI”).  Scharf targeted the meeting to senior corporate counsel who had the goal of advancing to the role of chief legal officer.  She recognized the need for in-house attorneys to build top-tier professional and management skills in a supportive and interactive learning environment and to learn from experienced officers and directors about the points of pressure and success for general counsels.  Together with NAWL President Lorraine Koc, then General Counsel and EEO Officer at Deb Shops, Inc. (now Senior Counsel at SugarHouse Casino) and NAWL President Elect, Cathy Fleming, then a partner at Edwards and Angell, LLP (now a partner at Hodgson Russ, LLP), Scharf quickly formed a planning committee which consisted of themselves, as a well as Carol Basri, then adjunct professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Law (now adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law), Caroline K. Cheng, Management Principal and Associate General Counsel at Deloitte LLP, Dorian Denburg, then Chief Rights-of-Way Counsel for BellSouth Corporation (now General Attorney for AT&T Services, Inc.), Michelle Speller-Thurman, then a partner at Jenner & Block (now Senior Counsel at Abbott Laboratories) and Betty-Lynn White (now an Adjunct and Area Chair for the University of Phoenix and Adjunct Professor at Albertus Magnus College).  The Committee arranged plenary and workshop sessions to foster frank discussions about what it takes to be promoted and provide the means to improve skills and knowledge in a collegial atmosphere.  They developed an innovative CLE program with opportunities to learn and network with other senior legal and business professionals and featured speakers Peter Harvey, then Attorney General of New Jersey, Catherine R. Kinney, then Co-Chief Operating Officer of the New York Stock Exchange, and Carol Robles-Román, Deputy Mayor, New York City.  GCI met with rave reviews!

In honor of its tenth anniversary, NAWL will celebrate GCI 10 by having ten outstanding General Counsels from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, CommunityOne Bank, N.A., Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc., Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Microsoft Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings  America Inc., Navigant Consulting, Inc., Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., and Tiffany & Co., who will share their insights on the unique challenges faced by in-house lawyers in today’s rapidly evolving business and legal environments, as well as the strategies, skills, and substantive knowledge necessary for in-house counsel to successfully lead their organizations and legal departments.  Keynote Speaker Brad Smith will discuss top leadership traits critical to leading, engaging, and motivating a global corporation.  Keynote Speaker Sandra Leung will address what it takes to thrive in today’s increasingly challenging business and regulatory environments.  Attendees will be able to network with these presenters and peers in a collegial environment, while increasing their effectiveness as women lawyers at the top tiers of their corporate law departments.

Additionally, GCI 10 will include CLE interactive workshops exploring best practices and actionable solutions on these leading edge topics:

  • Leading Through Expertise will address today’s hot topics relating to anti-bribery compliance, preventing data breaches, and what to know about global business in the cloud.
  • Leading and Balancing Growth and Efficiencies will address the globalization of commercial transactions, managing your law department more efficiently to drive business growth, and doing more with less and avoiding traps in business litigation.
  • Developing Highly Effective and Ethical Leaders will address executive presence, multinational approaches to addressing a multigenerational workforce, and staying ethical in a cost-effective world.

Through programs like GCI, NAWL provides the tools for women in the legal profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession.  Perhaps most importantly, NAWL, through its members and committees, functions as the Voice of Women in the Law™, providing a collective voice in the bar, courts, Congress, and the workplace to make women’s concerns heard.

For further information and to register for GCI 10, go to Programs & Events at

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