Executive Education for Attorneys

Corporate Counsel Intensive Institute
Accelerate Your In-House Career

To succeed and thrive in a corporate environment attorneys require a much broader skill set than ever before. General Counsel hire attorneys who graduated at the top of their class and were star performers at law firms, but know that success depends on much more. Successful in-house attorneys must be quick, agile, adaptable, and self-aware. Contrary to every other form of legal practice, in-house attorneys must become adept at embracing risk and fully participating in and owning the decision making process with business teams. It is an incredibly rewarding and diverse practice, but without the right skills, mentor, or transition program, it can be a very uncomfortable and difficult transition even for the most talented attorneys.

Colorado Law has developed, in close collaboration with several of the most dynamic and progressive General Counsel, an intensive one-week course, Corporate Counsel Intensive Institute (CCII), to immerse prospective or new in-house counsel in the best practices for the in-house environment. CCII improves success rates and increases long-term retention rates for attorneys transitioning in-house. Through this one-week program participants will:

  • Work directly with and learn from Fortune 500 General Counsel
  • Increase strategic thinking abilities
  • Analyze the practice of law in the corporate environment
  • Advance proactive approaches
  • Learn how to effectively embrace risk
  • Practice practical business focused decision making
  • Gain confidence delivering advice in difficult, high stakes situations

Monday - Friday, January 4 - 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, Colorado



Monday, January 4, 2016

A Strategic and Proactive Legal Function

Michael D. Fricklas, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Roles of the in-house lawyer,

  • Interacting with the CEO, senior management and the board,
  • The need to understand business and the company’s business,
  • How to use of legal as a strategic asset for the company and the value added,
  • Who you represent and conflict of interest,
  • Challenging internal investigations, and
  • Proactive crisis management.

Morning opening remarks with Dean Phil Weiser and Shalini Sharma, General Counsel, Matrix Financial Solutions

Evening Reception at St. Julien Hotel, sponsored by MassMutual


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Leadership in the 21st Century

Mark Roellig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MassMutual Financial Group

  • Leadership,
  • The roles of leadership, followership, individual contributor and supervisor,
  • Establishing the department culture,
  • How in-house counsel assembles, directs and leads the high performing teams,
  • The appropriate mix of internal and external resources, and the use of non-lawyer professionals, and
  • The value of diversity within a team.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Efficiently Managing the Legal Needs of an Organization

Rasmani Bhattacharya, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Gates Corporation

  • How you lead and operate within an in-house legal function,
  • Legal budgeting and cost of in-hose verses external resources,
  • Where and how to perform different legal services,
  • Unbundling legal resources,
  • Setting objectives and measuring and reporting against those objectives,
  • Litigation communication and management,
  • How to effectively communicate legal issues with clients, and
  • How you manage external resources and how to leverage the traditional law firm model to the benefit of the enterprise.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Skills, Attributes and Opportunities for In-House Legal

Susan Blount, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Prudential Financial Inc.

  • The skills a student or a lawyer should obtain to be an effective in-house attorney and how to obtain such skills,
  • Networking,
  • The likely substantive areas of legal growth and evolving nature of the legal practice from an in-house perspective,
  • The benefits and detriments of in-house practice,
  • The role of the in-house lawyer in the company’s controls/culture, i.e., interrelationships with
  • ERM (enterprise risk management), internal audit, compliance and finance, and
  • How you best position yourself for an in-house opportunity.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Final Exam and Closing Lecture on the Future of Law – How to Shape It and Lead It

Fiona Arnold, ‎Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade; former, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Vail Resorts Inc.
Randy Milch, former, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Communications Inc.


CLE Credits are available for this course.