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
If you are currently unemployed, looking to make a career change,
leave your current job, transition back to the
workforce after time away from the profession or approaching retirement,
the Committee on Lawyers in Transition is here to help
Committee Chair: Jessica Thaler, Esq.
History of the Committee
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
At the November 2008 House of Delegates meeting, the Special
Committee on Lawyers in Transition was made a Standing Committee of the
New York State Bar Association.
Jessica Thaler, Esq. was appointed
Committee Chair on June 1, 2011.
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