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Newsletters produced by in-house legal groups

Among the many reasons the Hartford Financial Services Group won Corporate Counsel’s 2009 award for Best Legal Department is that in the fall of 2008 it launched a quarterly newsletter on ethics, compliance, and privacy. They call it The Hartford Advantage and it is available only to employees (and only online). I applaud the energy-saving method of distribution and appreciate the item about the newsletter in Corp. Counsel, Vol. 16, June 2009 at 66.

Few US legal departments publish newsletters or keep them up if they try. Nevertheless, even a modest or short-lived effort brings benefits (See my post of Sept. 4, 2006: general comments on purpose of in-house newsletter; March 13, 2007: examples from BMO and Lucent; Sept. 22, 2006: one way a law department markets its services; Sept. 1, 2008: electronic newsletter of an insurance company’s law department; Oct. 3, 2008: Lockheed Martin ethics newsletter; March 31, 2009 #4: newsletter of Carillon for network law firms.).

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