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During a recent Recorder-sponsored roundtable discussion among a group of in-house lawyers from various Bay Area companies, many of the participants did not hold back when the conversation turned to their pet peeves in dealing with attorneys at outside firms — from unexplained bills to sloppily written briefs. And the in-house lawyers around the table minced no words in voicing their frustrations about working with outside counsel. Partners and associates at Bay Area firms are advised to take heed. Sure, your services will continue to be needed — and valued — by your in-house counterparts. But, as the roundtable discussion clearly reveals, effective working relationships between in-house and outside counsel don’t just happen automatically. Indeed, those working relationships require a lot of work. The insights that you’ll find in the roundtable discussion are precisely the kind that we hope and intend to bring to readers in each issue of In-House California, a new publication from The Recorder aimed specifically at the increasingly important information needs of the men and women who work in in-house legal departments throughout California. The mandate of the publication is a simple one: to deliver timely and topical news, features and other information services to a pivotal subset of the legal community that faces its own challenges and opportunities in the legal marketplace. Beginning with this issue, we hope to do just that. We are aided in that task by our ability to tap into the editorial coverage produced not only by the reporters and editors at The Recorder, but by those around the country who work for other American Lawyer Media publications. Exhibit A can be found in this issue’s illuminating profile of Ruth Kennedy, the general counsel at Redwood City’s Electronic Arts Inc. Written by Ashby Jones, a reporter at one of our affiliated national publications, Corporate Counsel magazine, the piece shines a spotlight on an in-house lawyer who has found herself juggling profit motives at her company with her own keen sense of duties and obligations as a mother of two boys. Not an easy act, to be sure. We are also pleased that each issue of In-House California will include the newsletter of the recently formed California General Counsel Forum. The group is focused on the unique interests and issues facing top-level, in-house attorneys, and we are delighted to help distribute that information. Keep in mind, however, that, outside of its newsletter content, CGCF plays no role in deciding or shaping the editorial coverage in In-House California. Please feel free to share your thoughts about this publication, whether you like what you’re reading or wish to take some issue with the contents of these pages. Your comments will be helpful as we plan future issues of In-House California. Steven Pressman Editor

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