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February 22, 2010

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION OFFERS FREE WEBCAST ON 2010 EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK FOR ATTORNEYS

First Webcast of the Year is Part of Continuing Series by Committee on Lawyers in Transition to Provide Career Development in a Tough Economy

ALBANY-To help attorneys navigate the current employment landscape and identify where the best legal career opportunities may be found in a tough economy, the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Lawyers in Transition will offer a free webcast titled, "Attorney Employment Outlook 2010 and Beyond." The program will take place on Wednesday, February 24th from 12 to 2 p.m. at the New York office of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP and will be available to any lawyer who pre-registers at www.nysba.org/LawyersinTransition.

"Whether an attorney has lost a job in the recession, is re-entering the work force after taking family leave, or simply wants to learn more about a new practice area, this lecture will give practical advice on the areas of the law that offer the best opportunities for employment," said State Bar Association President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City). "The Committee on Lawyers in Transition continues to provide high-quality, timely and beneficial information that can really make a difference for attorneys struggling in this difficult job market."

Featured topics include: Document Review and E-discovery Jobs; Law Firm Associate and In-House Counsel Jobs; Law Firm Partner and General Counsel Jobs; Government Jobs; Premium Contract Attorney Jobs; and Re-entry Attorney Jobs.

Spearheaded by Lauren J. Wachtler of New York (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP), chair of the State Bar's Committee on Lawyers in Transition, the webcast is part of an overall program to assist attorneys who are reentering the job market or maintaining their businesses in a down economy.

The committee supports 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. Pre-registration is required for the free program. If attorneys are unable to participate in the live webinar, the session will be archived and available on the committee's Web site at www.nysba.org/LawyersinTransition.

Other services offered by the Lawyers in Transition Committee include the 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.

Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years. 

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