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The Small Law Department Committee develops and explores ways that lawyers in small law departments and generalists in larger departments can best provide legal services to their corporate clients. The committee provides numerous practical resources, including best practices and sample policies.

Special Announcments

A summary of the Virtual Roundtable on Contracting Processes that was held on January 29th, 2015 by the Small Law Department Committee is available now. Panelists described contract negotiation playbooks, contract management software, personnel vs. volume and many more subjects. 

The summary can be downloaded by clicking here.


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Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Your Secret's Safe in Europe. Or is it?

From Colonel Saunders‰ recipe of 11 herbs and spices to Google‰s complex search algorithms, trade secrets have long been the lifeblood of innovative companies. Unlike patents, trade secrets never expire and there‰s never a risk of giving the game away by publishing. However, a leak can be disastrous. According to the International Chamber of Commerce, US federal cases of trade secret theft doubled between 1995 and 2004, and are expected to double again by 2017. Business is international and it is important to consider how your trade secrets can be protected abroad. How does the UK and Europe treat trade secrets? Are they recognised in law? Are they protected? Our speaker, Robert Lands, Head of IP & Commercial at Howard Kennedy LLP in London, England, will endeavour to answer those questions in this program. He will examine both the current law and the forthcoming European Directive on the protection of know-how and business information, offering practical tips to improve your trade secret protection. Robert Lands, Partner and Head of IP & Commercial, Howard Kennedy LLP

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT


Fire over Facebook? A Primer on Protected Social Media Activity in the Workplace and Best Practice Guide for Managing Employee Social Media Use

Aug 2013 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
As social media use in the workplace continues to increase, it should come as no surprise that employers are increasingly disciplining employees for their social media activity. Because social media ...

Employee Wellness Programs: A Federal and State Analysis of the Legal and Practical Implications

Sep 2012 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
This InfoPAK explores corporate employee wellness programs, highlighting the benefits and challenges employers face when developing such programs. It examines both mandatory and voluntary employee ...

Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Denoting a Law Degree for Non-Legal Department Employees

Jun 2015 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, discusses employees who have legal degrees but are not members of the legal department or otherwise acting ...

Attending a Meeting with a Represented Party

Jun 2015 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses whether lawyers can attend a meeting with their clients, when the opposing party’s counsel ...

Sample Legal Department Communications

Jun 2015 Form & Policy Download doc
The purpose of this policy is to communicate to the Company the general circumstances when an employee should contact the Legal Department.