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A look back at 2011

This past year was an eventful one for the business world.

It’s December. For me, that means it’s time to look back on the past year, appreciate all that I’ve had and then begin to look forward to a new year.

Personally, 2011 was quiet. As a wife and mother, I did the typical things—spent time with my family, experienced a great vacation and, along with my husband, kept the household in order.

Professionally, things have been a bit more exciting—particularly continuing to build upon our Transformative Leadership program and the editorial support my team has put behind it. Through that effort, we’ve had the privilege to meet and interview countless successful women in-house counsel and highlight many of them in our publication and online.

In addition, InsideCounsel has dramatically increased its web presence, and this year we began bringing you daily news, insightful columns and more online exclusive content than we ever have before. The daily, weekly and monthly responsibilities of our editorial team have substantially changed for the betterment of the publication. And I have been so proud to lead that effort.

These changes seemed to come just at the right time. This past year brought a lot of big news to the business world, and many of the stories caught the eyes of those working in corporate legal departments. We delivered those stories, as well as developments, much more timely than ever before. And now it’s time for the big recap.

In this issue, InsideCounsel brings you its annual IC Top 20: the events, people and stories that impacted the in-house bar in 2011. We started running the Top 20 in December 2004 as the CLT Top 20, and the coverage has garnered much praise from our readers. This year, in addition to the great stories we are bringing to you—which include the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions, health care reform, the PlayStation hack and the immigration debate, to name a few—we also will be running a slideshow of all these top stories on

While it may be time to start thinking about what 2012 has in store for us both personally and professionally, take a moment to sit back, relax and take in what was 2011.


Cathleen Flahardy

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