Committee on Lawyers in Transition
About the Committee
The Committee on Lawyers in Transition was initially formed to address the challenges faced by attorneys who have left the workplace temporarily, for brief or extended periods, on maternity or paternity leave, or because of family or other obligations, and then wish to return to the workforce after such absences. With the great number of lawyers finding themselves in "transition" not by choice as a result of the economic downturn, the committee’s began to also focus on attorneys who had been laid off. Additionally, with the number of attorneys approaching mandatory or voluntary retirement, the committee had been working to address the needs of such attorneys as well. The committee and its programs are also focusing on other types of transition, whether upon entry to, exit from, or those made during the course of an attorney’s career.
If you are currently unemployed, looking to make a career change,
leave your current job,
Committee Chair: Jessica Thaler, Esq.
In August 2006, NYSBA president, Mark H.
Alcott appointed Lauren J. Wachtler, Esq. to chair
a new committee to be called the Special Committee on Women
Lawyers in Transition: Returning to the Workforce/Legal Profession.
At the first meeting, the name of the committee was changed
to the Special Committee on Lawyers in Transition. The
committee's mission was changed to include all transitioning
Jessica Thaler, Esq. was appointed Committee Chair on June 1, 2011.