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Corporate Legal Departments: Practicing Law in a Corporation (Fourth Edition)

 
Author(s): Carole L. Basri, Irving Kagan
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Nov 2011
Supplement Date: Oct 2017
ISBN: 9781402416927
PLI Item #: 32867

Corporate Legal Departments: Practicing Law in a Corporation is an invaluable resource for in-house attorneys, providing guidance on how to:

  • Detect and prevent internal legal problems
  • Contribute to the development of corporate business plans and pursuit of new business opportunities
  • Make the corporate legal department more productive at less cost
  • Maximize the value of digital technologies
  • Use cost-effective litigation strategies
  • Manage corporate crises
  • Minimize your personal legal exposure as a corporate counselor

Corporate Legal Departments features a unique In-House Counsel’s Handbook covering some of the key areas of corporate law and compliance, including antitrust, environmental issues, intellectual property, securities, anti-bribery, export control, immigration, accounting, and data privacy and protection.


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Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law. She is currently the Corporate Compliance Advisor for the Fordham Corporate Compliance Program, which includes a certificate program and the first LLM in Corporate Compliance at a U.S. law school launched in 2014. From 1995 to 2011, she was an adjunct professor of Corporate Law with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and held The Grant Irey Lectureship. She also has been an adjunct professor with New York Law School and Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Ms. Basri, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, also was a visiting professor at Hebrew University Law School in March 2008.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

For ten years, she served as co-chair of the Practicing Law Institute’s Conferences on Corporate Compliance. She has chaired the Ethics for In-House Counsel seminar since 2004, chaired the Global Financial Crisis conference from July 2008 to 2010, and chaired and created the Ethics and Law Department Management Seminar in 2012. She has also been Co-Chair of the Fordham University Law School Corporate Investments Compliance Forum, which was held on April 2, 2012.

From 2010 until 2012, Ms. Basri was a Founder and Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.

In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006). She also currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association; a member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Corporate General Counsel Advisory Committee; a past member of the International Council and presently co-chair of the International Legal Education and Certification Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association; and a member of the task force on the Future of the Legal Profession of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues. Since the first Corporate Lawyering Accreditation Conference in 1999, the Corporate Lawyering Group has developed conferences and programs on corporate and international law, as well as on ethics. She has served on the Academic Committee of the INTERPOL Anti-Corruption Academy from June 2007 until 2011, where she has worked on creating a curriculum for addressing corporate corruption.

Ms. Basri is co-author of Corporate Legal Departments (4rd edition) published by the PLI, which was translated into Chinese in 2010 by China Free Press, and the editor of International Corporate Practice, published by PLI. She is the co-editor of eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for West Publishing and the editor of Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance, which was published by Lexis Nexis in 2009. She is also the editor of three PLI Handbooks on the Global Financial Crisis published from 2008 to 2010 and the PLI handbook Ethics and Law Department in 2012. She received the 2001 Lexis Nexis/ Corporate Legal Times Leadership Award and was the keynote moderator at the LegalTech West Coast Conference in June 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2003, Ms. Basri was a member of the US State Department’s “Future of Iraq” Project. From July 2003 until July 2004, she was a member for the Coalition Provisional Authority, with the Iraqi Reconstruction Development Council (IRDC) for Ambassador Bremer in Baghdad. She worked extensively on doing business, anti-corruption, and transparency issues in Iraq. She helped draft legislation on these issues and met with all of the Ministries in Iraq. She created the “Doing Business Conference in Iraq” at the Union League in New York on December 9, 2003 and, in September 2004, she led a conference in Baghdad on transparency and anti-corruption in Iraq, where she advised the Iraqi Ministry of Health. In September 2004, she worked with the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the Iraqi Red Crescent on health and legal issues. In September 2005, she was asked by Iraqi Prime Minister Jaafari to represent the Iraqi government in finding law firms and accounting firms to represent the Iraqi government in bringing Oil for Food litigation, and she was instrumental in obtaining the Oil for Food documents from the Iraqi Board of Supreme Auditors for the UN Commission on Oil for Food headed by Paul Volcker.

In March 2005, Ms. Basri spoke at Cairo University School of Law on anti-corruption at a conference for Chief Judges and Appellate Judges from Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt on anti-corruption protocols. Similarly, in April 2005, she spoke on anti-corruption strategies at the Dead Sea in Jordan at a conference for 150 Iraqi women leaders sponsored by the Defense of Democracy and the U.S. State Department. In July 2005, she spoke at the Iraqi Constitutional Convention in Southfield, Michigan, with a direct hook-up to Iraq, on constitutional issues. In October 2005, she met with Iraqi women leaders at the U.S. State Department to discuss leadership issues in the December 15, 2005 election. In March 2006, Ms. Basri worked in Baghdad with the Woman’s Alliance for Iraq Democracy and the Global Justice Center on gender crimes training for the Iraqi Tribunal Judges on Saddam Hussein’s case and, in November 2006, at the Dead Sea in Jordan, for a four-day conference, she continued this gender training for Iraqi tribunal judges. Ultimately, this work was used by the judges in the Anfal case. In January 2008, Ms. Basri spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School on Iraqi women’s issues and anti-corruption protocols. In November 2008, she spoke at a conference sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany on International Law and the Middle East. In July 2009, she delivered lectures on women’s rights, anti-corruption and leadership at the Iraq Studies Institute in Beirut, Lebanon.

In early 2008, she created and chaired the International Corporate Practice Conference at the Penn Club in New York City. On March 31, 2008, Ms. Basri was the moderator for a PLI teleconference on the Global Financial Crisis and, on July 7, 2008, she chaired a PLI conference on the Global Financial Crisis. On September 19, 2008, Ms. Basri moderated a session at the NY State Bar Association International Fall Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on the Global Financial Crisis and, on September 25, 2008, she moderated a session on the Global Financial Crisis and eDiscovery at the ABA International Fall Meeting in Brussels, Belgium. On April 17, 2009, Ms. Basri moderated and spoke on the Global Financial Crisis at the ABA Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Basri is also a documentary film producer and her films have been shown at film festivals and PBS. Recently, she produced a documentary on hemophiliacs in Iraq who got AIDS through tainted blood parts. She has advised, on a pro bono basis, a preparatory PBS production of Saddam’s trial. She has been a commentator on the Iraqi elections and its constitution for MSNBC, CNN, FOX and Al Iraqiya TV.


Irving Kagan is a 1958 graduate of New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1958, and established a private practice in New York City. He was an attorney in various senior positions with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, from 1960 to 1968; Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The Hertz Corporation from 1968 to 1986; and Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, and member of the Board of Directors of the GAF Corporation from 1986 to 1992. Following initial retirement from active practice, Mr. Kagan served as co-director of the New York University School of Law Conference on Corporate Lawyering, as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Corporate Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Mr. Kagan also acts as General Counsel and Special Counsel to various public and private companies while maintaining his present role as counsel to Madison Partners, LLC, a New York investment and management consulting group. He is currently with Kagan Consultants in New York City. Mr. Kagan is also past President of the Law Review Alumni Association of New York University School of Law, an author, lecturer, and consultant on the subjects of corporate governance, corporate compliance, and the practice of law in a corporation, and a television commentator on current legal events.