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In this edition of Corporate Counsel: When employees download kiddie porn, companies are faced with a host of problems; Corey Buffo went from fighting Alaskan fires to enforcing D.C. environmental laws; Is simplified litigation better than arbitration?; All this, plus more…
Headache #1: Porn on Work Computers What are the risks for employers in instances where employees use company computers to access, view, download, store, and possibly forward pornography or engage in illegal activities? How can corporate counsel both prevent these abuses and handle investigations if they suspect some kind of prohibited conduct is occurring in the workplace? by Adam P. Palmer and Sherri A. Affrunti
Corey BuffoFrom Firefighter to Environmental Law Since May 1, Corey Buffo (right) has been general counsel of the newly formed District Department of the Environment. He talked with Legal Times about the department’s ongoing development. • When Arbitration Makes Matters Worse Seeking to minimize the cost of dispute resolution, in-house counsel typically include arbitration clauses in contracts that they negotiate. Arbitration, however, often turns out to be as difficult and expensive as other forms of dispute resolution. by Eric FishmanGoing In House? It Might Be a Wise Move The demand for top legal talent in in-house departments has been growing as increased regulation and an increasing emphasis on corporate accountability have put greater emphasis on the attorney’s role in helping to foster an ethical corporate culture. by Janice K. MandelThe Joy of High-Tech, Multiuse Extranets For years technology-savvy law firms have been using information technology to support “back office” business processes such as accounting. Now, with the advent of Web-based technologies, these same firms are embracing another trend: extranets, using secure networks, that clients can access to track elements of their business with the firm. by Richard A. WeissSo You Think They Got Your Secrets? When groups of employees move over to a competitor, in-house counsel need to act fast. by W. Michael Holm

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