S. The Role of the General Counsel in the Modern Economy

Course Information

Course Number
L8202
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Lawyering, Corporate Law and Transactions, Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, Labor and Employment Law, Intellectual Property and Technology
Type
Seminar
Additional Attributes
Experiential Credit, Online Course

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

7 weeks, starting Feb 15 The course will explore the role of the General Counsel through the lens of real-world issues facing practitioners today, with a focus on the practical skills necessary to advise a business in the modern economy. The course will first address the fundamentals — including who is, and is not, the General Counsel’s client, as well as how expectations of the role of in-house counsel have evolved alongside increased velocity in business decision-making. The course will then turn to issues facing General Counsels today, with a particular focus on questions arising in the technology sector. The course will close with an examination of the challenges and opportunities associated with leading and managing a large, diverse, global workforce. Apart from the course materials, students will time permitting also hear from business, government, and legal professionals who will share insights about the topics covered. Colin Stretch recently departed Facebook, Inc. where he served as Vice President and General Counsel for the past six years. In that capacity, Colin managed the company’s legal and compliance teams and was responsible for corporate legal affairs. Prior to becoming General Counsel in June 2013, Colin was Deputy General Counsel, responsible for the company’s product, regulatory, and litigation work. Prior to joining Facebook in 2010, Colin was a partner at Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel in Washington D.C., where he handled litigation, appellate, and regulatory matters. Colin is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and, after a stint with the Department of Justice Honors Program, for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on the United States Supreme Court. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and three children.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2021
Location
TBA TBA
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Wednesday
3:15 - 5:15 pm
Points
1
Method of Evaluation
Paper
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in a specific body of law, including major policy concerns
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in ethical and professional issues
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, and client communication
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in the historical development of law and legal institutions

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None