From The ediTor
This morning, I had the opportunity to speak on a
panel with other journalists to a group of lawyers. I
speak on panels somewhat regularly—often in a moderating role, but sometimes simply discussing how
InsideCounsel helps provide information and tools we
hope will make in-house counsel’s jobs a little easier.
But my panel this morning was a bit different.
It was about how these particular
lawyers (a group of attorneys in the
this. With the exception of the occasional controversial
story that most lawyers shy away from talking about
on the record, the lawyers at most big law firms make
themselves available, provide accurate information
and really are an integral part of InsideCounsel putting together relevant, timely stories for our readers.
This sentiment rings true with regard to
InsideCounsel’s events as well. In April, we held our
12th annual SuperConference, and for the past sev-
Law firm lawyers are an integral part of InsideCounsel
putting together relevant, timely stories for our readers.
health care practice group at Drinker
Biddle) could offer support to make
our jobs as journalists easier. After all, our audience
is the same—senior-level corporate in-house counsel.
Although the audience consisted of lawyers in the
health care field, the discussion remained general.
InsideCounsel magazine doesn’t publish stories written independently by lawyers, so a firm lawyer’s only
opportunity to help out with a print story is to be a
source. When the moderator asked how these lawyers
can get into one of our stories, the answer was simple: Be available, be accurate, be willing to talk on the
record about a relevant topic, and most importantly,
tell me exactly why in-house counsel need to know and
care about the particular topic we’re discussing.
As I made my points on this panel, I realized that
the vast majority of InsideCounsel’s private prac-
tice sources—from someone we have never spoken
to before to our regular contacts—already do exactly
eral years, the event has been open to law firm lawyers
both as sponsors and attendees. Since the conference
has become more inclusive and has seen an increased
participation among a diverse group of lawyers from
various firms, the content has benefited. Read about
this year’s successful event on p. 47.
CATHLEEN FLAHARDY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
photograph by chris lake