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Doing It Better: A Member of Disney’s Legal Team Discusses Knowledge Management


Different businesses have different legal needs. The clothing company’s legal necessities differ in kind, not just degree, from the video game company, the hotel company, the toy company or the movie studio. But, as in the case of The Walt Disney Company, substantially distinct businesses may all be part of the same corporate family. A legal department like Disney’s must therefore overcome not only the challenges of scale but also the challenges of scope.


7-Eleven’s Law Convergence Program: Part II

By Lillian Moyano Yob

In the course of only four months, the 7-Eleven convergence team worked with the entire department to identify selection criteria that align with their core values, devised and calibrated a relationship survey by sending it to a test group, and launched the survey en masse to the group of almost 90 firms that made the first cut. Read this entry to learn how they developed the selection process.


Doing It Better: Legal Operations


In 2001, Google hired its first lawyer, David Drummond, who remains its chief legal officer in addition to being a senior vice president for corporate development. In 2008, Google hired Mary O'Carroll as its first head of legal operations, technology and strategy to help Drummond's ever-expanding legal department cope with the organizational challenges of scale and how those challenges have evolved over time.


Can Fashion and Faith Coexist?

By By Joshua Shields

The US Supreme Court will decide whether an employer can be held liable for refusing to hire an applicant or discharging an employee based on a "religious observance or practice" only if the employer has actual knowledge that a religious accommodation was required and the employer's actual knowledge resulted from direct, explicit notice from the applicant or employee.


A Law Lesson from Harry Potter

By Orijit Das

Would we have been better off going to Hogwart's (the School of Magic and Wizardry) rather than the Law School? Could an Albus Dumbledore-equivalent have equipped us better had we been taught Defense Against the Dark Art or Prophecies, rather than three courses of constitutional law or two courses of administration law?

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