Send your lawyers in a group to a law firm for training

In a creative twist on the standby of having a law firm come to the legal department and train, consider turning that inside out. The general counsel of Hitachi Data Systems, Chris Leslie, brought nearly 20 lawyers from the department to Baker & McKenzie’s offices for in-depth training on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws.

This useful suggestion comes from Legal Tech. News, Oct. 2010 at 30. That articles says nothing more, including about the economics of the session, but the law firm might well have contributed its time as a marketing initiative. After all, this is a perfect situation for retainer billing (See my post of Oct. 12, 2010: call-whenever retainer arrangements.).

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