When it comes to records management in the face of new federal evidentiary rules governing discovery, the time-honored approach used by attorneys-mandating corporate compliance with the expectations of the court-is not conducive to helping their clients win when it comes to records management. Following this top-down approach, an attorney may come up with a tactical win-he or she will get clients to adopt stringent records-management policies-but unless these new mandated policies are rigorously complied with, this tactical win will not become a strategic win. Compliance is the key, and the creation of records of items such as email and voicemail messages has become so decentralized that no ''mandated'' policy that is out of synch with ''corporate culture'' is likely to achieve useful levels of compliance, regardless of the legal risk.
When you are interviewing the corporate law department you should know what would be your position the line-up of lawyers and how that will affect your career growth. If you are continually competing with experienced lawyers, you will have to face tough going. In order to help you choose a law firm that offers you congenial environs some important questions (principally for the Third Year Law Student) are designed for you to get a better feel of the corporate law department.
Evan Anderson is Managing Director of BCG Attorney Search’s San Francisco office and the Director of BCG’s Diversity Recruiting Practice. He assists a variety of candidates in several practice areas on the West coast, but he places particular significance on candidates representing ethnic, gender, and LGBT diversity.