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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.

Ms. Wachtler added, "Our goal is to establish outreach and free mentoring programs for lawyers who, for a variety of reasons, have temporarily left the legal profession.  The first webcast series is just one way we provide valuable guidance and aid.  I hope every attorney who is either looking for a job or thinking about making a career change will take advantage of this program."

350 people registered for the first webcast and another 50 signed up to attend the live session.  The first webcast is available for viewing at www.nysba.org/LITWebcastLink.  "We are making the webcast available at our Web site so that lawyers can take advantage of the speakers' expertise, even if they were unable to hear the program live," said Leber.

The webcast sessions are as follows: 

April 22 Interviews: 10 Most Difficult Questions and 10 Best Answers and Positive Minded Networking: Creating a Gameplan.
May 14  Comeback Lawyers: Selling Yourself & Using Flexibility as an Asset in a Down Market.
June 3  Crafting Your Resume for Today's Market: How to Make Them Want to Meet You and Selling Yourself in the Interview: Listen First Then Speak .

Pre-registration is required for all programs. For information on how to register, go to the committee's Web site at www.nysba.org/LawyersinTransition.

The career development webcasts are one element in an overall program to help attorneys who need a helping hand in reentering the job market.  Others services include a Lawyers in Transition blog that provides updated information on networking opportunities, seminars, job postings information, and other information for career searches and skill development.  Also available on the committee's Web site is information on a variety of volunteer and pro-bono opportunities, legal career re-entry programs, CLE Scholarships and career consulting businesses.

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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.