A recent ALM article, “Sea Change in GC Role Requires New Competencies,” by E. Leigh Dance, got me thinking. I agree with Dance on the competencies required of a general counsel, except for one thing.

The article could have been written 30 years ago. The same skills have been required for a long time because some aspects of the general counsel’s responsibilities haven’t changed. But some have, and this is where some GCs need to focus to ensure that they have the appropriate skills for the job—in the 21st Century.

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