July 1, 2009


Committee on Lawyers in Transition Provides Guidance on Job Searches, Networking & Alternative Careers

To help lawyers better manage their careers during this tough economy, the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition is continuing its series of free, live webcasts to guide attorneys as they search for new jobs, revise resumes, brush-up on their interview skills and contemplate career changes.  The Committee will offer webcasts on July 9th, July 22nd and August 13th that will be available to all attorneys who pre-register at

"The legal profession is no different than any other. Lawyers in every practice area and at every level of experience have encountered layoffs or a slow down in business. In line with my priorities as State Bar president, we have developed comprehensive review courses to help these lawyers cope with the recession, get back on track and better serve their clients," said State Bar President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City). 

Chaired by Lauren J. Wachtler (Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP of New York City), the Committee on Lawyers in Transition was created in August 2006 by Past President Mark Alcott (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP of New York City) to provide resources and assistance to lawyers who are currently unemployed, looking to make a career change, leaving a current job or transitioning back into the workforce after time away from the legal profession.

The webcast sessions are as follows: 

Thursday, July 9, 2009  -  12-2 p.m.
The Next Wave: A Panel of Lawyers Who Followed Their Passions to Alternative Careers

Panelists: Lisa Montanaro, JD, CPO, Certified Professional Organizer, Business & Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Owner, LM Organizing Solutions, LLC; Alex Barnett, comic, New York City; Adaora Udoji, former correspondent, CNN and ABC News; Barbara Raab, Senior Newswriter at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Adjunct Broadcast Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and SiriusXM OutQ, National Legal Correspondent. Moderator: Elena Kaspi, JD, MSW, ACC; Certified Executive Career and Business Coach, President and Founder, LawScope Coaching LLC.
Pre-register at:

Tuesday, July 22, 2009  -  3-5 p.m.
Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success

Panelist: Sue Schnorr, President of Training Insights, Inc. and Associate for Contacts Count
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Thursday, August 13, 2009  -  12-2 p.m.
Social Media Basics for Networking Attorneys and How to Make Work for You

Panelists: Barbara Beauchamp, NYSBA Web Site Editor; Brenda Estrada, Operations Manager,; Joseph Alesci, Help Desk Coordinator,
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If attorneys are unable to participate in the live webcasts, the sessions will be recorded and available on the Committee's Web site.

The career development webcasts are one element in an overall program to help attorneys looking for guidance on re-entering the job market. Other committee resources include a Lawyers in Transition blog that provides updated information on networking opportunities, seminars, job information and other information related to career searches. Also available on the Committee's Web site is information on a variety of job postings, volunteer and pro-bono opportunities, legal career re-entry programs, CLE Scholarships and career consulting businesses.