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My mother’s whole family (the Reed family and the Shirley family) hails from South Carolina, and I went to college two hours south of there, in Atlanta, Ga., and law school four hours north of there, in Durham, N.C. Through that experience, I was introduced to “Southern Rock,” which didn’t really stick with me, but I do remain a big fan of Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ With Disaster.”

In-house in a small legal department, the most valuable asset you have is information about all aspects of your company, and one of your primary roles is to manage that information. I once took a new job at a company that had been without an in-house lawyer for a whole year! Entering a “dormant” legal department without a knowledge management system, every day I felt like I was flirtin’ with disaster myself:

I’m travelin’ down that lonesome road. Feel like I’m dragging a heavy load. Yeah! I’ve tried to turn my head away, Feels about the same most every day.

Upon starting the job, it was only a matter of time before somebody asked me “with what companies do we have no-competes?” (which, for in-house lawyers, is the equivalent of hearing somebody yell out “Play ‘Freebird’!”). Simply put, I couldn’t answer the question; I was on stage and I didn’t know how to play “Freebird.”

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