Some great take-away from this article in Corporate Counsel on the task of equiping business manager on legal skills:
- There is some agreement among corporate counsel that business managers must own their legal issues.
- If we (lawyers) want managers to be literate and involved when it comes to legal and regulatory questions, we need to facilitate that.
- This isn’t really part of the lawyer’s DNA. Our assumptions, our work patterns and our professional development all are oriented toward this presumption: We create value by executing in a field too technical to be handled by laypeople.
- But great counselors do both—they can execute it, and they can teach it. They equip the organization to handle legal issues even when there’s no lawyer in the room.