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In my opinion, the role of corporate counsel is among the most complex
and difficult of those functions performed by lawyers. This is not to overlook
the difficulties entailed in the role of the advocate, particularly in criminal
cases, of the family counselor, for example, in estate planning for spouses in
a second marriage, or of the lawyer for a small business, particularly a business
that has passed into a second or third generation of family ownership.
Nevertheless, the role of corporate counsel entails intrinsic ambiguities that
must be worked through in the ordinary course of a day's work with far
greater frequency than in most other practice settings.
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