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251.73 sec. 001 - Being General Counsel (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Seth Jaffe  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Mark LeHocky  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 20, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 20, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 32962

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 24
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course will dive deep into the role of general counsel. We’ll look at what a GC does every day, who they work with and what types of issues come across their desks, including an array of social and political issues. Through lecture, readings and a series of exercises, students will learn who the GC is accountable to, how they act as a corporate leader and strategist, and what qualities world-class general counsels share. We will also focus on the human aspects of the role - how does a GC deal with individual and organizational issues, manage through crisis events, layoffs, and other difficult conversations, how do they work with outside counsel, how and when should the GC do what’s right, even when it’s not popular.


1. Class participation in discussions, exercises and role plays
2. Written evaluation of scenarios and self-reflective analysis of performance and alternatives


• Mark LeHocky, retired public company general counsel (Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc.; Ross Stores, Inc.); Mediator and Arbitrator; and adjunct professor at Haas Graduate School of Business (MBA 275: Managing the Legal Environment of Business). JD, Berkeley Law. See
• Seth Jaffe, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Levi Strauss & Co.; formerly general counsel to William-Sonoma, Inc.; and formerly practicing at the McCutchen law firm in San Francisco. JD, Michigan School of Law. See

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
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