A recent survey by the General Counsel Roundtable collected from one hundred law departments the “non-legal” functions that fall within their general counsel’s set of responsibilities. The corporate secretary function, for example, came first, with almost 90 percent of the general counsel having that role (See my post of Dec. 12, 2007: corporate secretary with 13 references; and Aug. 12, 2008: corporate secretary with 21 references.).
Next in frequency, 80 percent of the respondents said their top lawyer leads “Corporate Governance.” I have not thought of that as a distinct responsibility, such as with a senior lawyer assigned as the Corporate Governance officer and the like (See my post of Aug. 17, 2008: corporate governance with 18 references.).