April 30, 2009
350 LAWYERS ATTEND NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION’S FREE WEBCAST SERIES TO HELP LAWYERS IN A DOWN ECONOMY
Committee on Lawyers in Transition Offers Seminars on Career Development
(Albany, N.Y. -- 4/30/09) – With daily announcements about deep law firm and in-house counsel layoffs due to the economy, 350 lawyers attended the New York State Bar Association’s first, free live webcast in a series devoted to those who need career development assistance. The initiative, one of the first of its kind in the United States, which launched on April 22nd, is spearheaded by the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, chaired by Lauren J. Wachtler (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP). The Committee provides free information and assistance to lawyers who are unemployed, looking to make a career change, leaving a current job or transitioning back into the workforce after time away from the legal profession.
“In these difficult times, the State Bar, as a resource in good
times and bad, has a profound mission of helping lawyers and their
clients. This core obligation is to provide resources to help
attorneys get back on their feet as quickly as possible. I applaud
Lauren Wachtler and the entire Committee on Lawyers in Transition for
their leadership in this heroic effort,” said Bernice K. Leber
(Arent Fox LLP), President of the State Bar Association.
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The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, the Association’s programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.