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Stevens & Lee has added a former law school dean as its general counsel and shareholder to handle lawyer recruiting and education as well as manage the professional responsibility and risk management of the firm. Peter G. Glenn joined Stevens & Lee from the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University where he was previously the dean. Firm chief executive officer and chairman Joseph M. Harenza said the firm was looking to bring on a general counsel with an education background and approached Glenn. Harenza said Glenn’s role will be full time, unlike his predecessor, Richard E. Fehling who maintained a practice while handling the role of general counsel for the past three years or so. Fehling was appointed as a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in the Reading Division. He left Stevens & Lee in the middle of February 2006 to assume that role. While the firm has had a general counsel position for three or four years, Harenza said that the job description has changed a little bit to fit with the background of an educator. “[Glenn's] skill sets are materially different than Rick’s,” Harenza said. Fehling was, and Glenn is, expected to handle the typical roles of a general counsel, including professional responsibility and professional liability risk management. The job has also always included an element of recruiting both students out of law school and lateral hires. Glenn will now be responsible, however, for some in-house and outside customized education for young lawyers in various practice groups, Harenza said. The firm has also created a new program that Glenn will head up titled “Bridge the Gap,” which is geared toward helping new attorneys transition from law school to the business of practicing law. Glenn said that he has not come in with a plan to revamp any of the guidelines Fehling had followed, but said there “is an opportunity now for examining some questions about how we can best develop the professional careers” of the firm’s attorneys. “Joe Harenza and I have discussed creating a more formal transitional education program for our young lawyers,” he said, particularly to help the attorneys understand the needs of the firm’s business clients. Glenn said he has known Stevens & Lee attorneys for nearly a dozen years and has grown to respect and appreciate their work. He saw firsthand how the firm operates when he essentially became their client when the firm worked on the merger between Dickinson Law School and Penn State. According to a recent survey of AmLaw 200 firms done by consulting firm Altman Weil, 85 percent of the responding firms have a designated general counsel. That’s up from 69 percent in 2005 and 63 percent in 2004. As in prior years, 100 percent of the designated law firm general counsel are in-house. Eighty-nine percent are partners in the firm. More than one-third are full time in the general counsel position with average cash compensation over $500,000. Part-time law firm general counsel reported higher cash compensation ($612,000), “most likely due to their fee production in the nongeneral counsel part of their jobs,” Altman Weil consultant Ward Bower said. Part-time general counsel spend just under half of their time, or about 48 percent, on duties of the position, according to the survey. Harenza said the firm views the role of a general counsel as even more important than it did a few years ago and wants Glenn to focus on the position full-time which would most likely equate to 60 hours a week. Glenn will be a shareholder with the firm. Glenn said that while it may be unique for him to handle the role of recruiting and risk management and professional responsibility, it is not uncommon for a general counsel to have other duties in addition to the role of professional responsibility and liability. He said that his dual roles fit well together because the better you educate young attorneys, the better they handle clients, and that would most likely result in fewer legal ethics questions. According to the survey, 80 percent of general counsel come from a litigation background. Glenn has litigation background as well, previously spending 14 years as a trial lawyer with Jones Day. Glenn has taught on the law faculties of the University of South Carolina, Case Western Reserve University, Washington and Lee University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a former executive deputy general counsel for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and served for a short while as acting general counsel to Gov. Edward G. Rendell. Glenn was dean of Dickinson Law School from 1994 to 2002 and then took a leave of absence to work for Rendell. He returned to teaching at the school in 2005 and began the transition to Stevens & Lee at the end of the last academic year. Stevens & Lee is a professional services firm of approximately 180 lawyers and more than 40 business and consulting professionals.

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