GIG ‘EM, Longhorn: A&M System GC Runs the Ball in Aggies’ Move Out of Big 12
In September 2011 when Ray Bonilla became general counsel of The Texas A&M University System, the Aggies had already decided to leave the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference. Since then, one of Bonilla’s major roles has been negotiating the financial terms of the withdrawal from the Big 12 by Texas A&M University.

What SEC Policy Can Mean for In-Housers
Consider the curious case of Jay Lapine. Between 2003 and 2009, the onetime general counsel of McKesson HBOC Inc. successfully fought off two criminal indictments for financial reporting fraud. Then he settled civil charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission, agreeing to pay a $60,000 penalty and to not practice before the commission or act as an officer or director of a public company for five years. Sounds like a bitter pill to swallow.

Lesser-Known Speeches Hold Lessons for GCs
Lawyers know the big speeches in American history: Franklin Delano Roosevelt declaring a “date that will live in infamy,” Abraham Lincoln consecrating the ground at Gettysburg and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urging racial equality at the Lincoln Memorial. But Michael P. Maslanka writes that there are lesser-known speeches that teach legal-department leaders valuable lessons, in the workplace and in life.

Special Report: Immigration Law

Pass the ICE Test: Nine I-9 Recordkeeping Tips
Under President Barack Obama’s administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has shifted its enforcement focus away from the worker and toward the employer, writes Karen-Lee Pollak. This has increased worksite investigations and the levy of substantial fines, penalties and criminal charges.

Before and After the ICE Subpoena Arrives
In 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service issued thousands of notices of inspection and subpoenas. In 2012, enforcement efforts against employers will intensify, writes Robert F. Loughran.

Discriminatory Hiring Practices Based on Immigration Status
As a result of an increase in employer audits by government agencies, some businesses are overcorrecting, writes Jason Mills. In an attempt to avoid hiring those not authorized to work, they violate the law by demanding too much proof of work eligibility or requiring such documentation only from some job candidates.