Committee on Lawyers in Transition

Attorneys will find themselves in a period of transition at one or more points in their career, whether that period is due to their initial entry into the legal profession, their exiting the profession upon retirement, for brief or extended maternity, paternity or family leave, in order to pursue an alternative career opportunity or upon making a shift in the focus or path of their career.  Attorneys face many challenges and uncertainties when returning to the workforce after an absence as well as while making a career move, change or transition. The Committee on Lawyers in Transition develops initiatives to help these attorneys identify and pursue possible and desired opportunities, to enable lawyers to remain connected to other lawyers and the profession before and during a career interruption while laying the groundwork for future re-entry and to arm them with the skills needed both during and following a transition.

The Committee on Lawyers in Transition establishes programs and resources geared toward providing career and job services, presenting networking and mentoring opportunities, helping to establish and foster partnership and collaboration among attorneys, fostering practical skills and offering needed training. The Committee also collaborates with sections and other committees of the New York State Bar Association to supplement and enhance the benefits, programs and services offered.

Upcoming programs and events for Lawyers in Transition

Finding Bliss: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers
Webcast | This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.

Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition
Free Program and Live Webcast

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Speaker: Debbie Epstein Henry
Flex-time Lawyers LLC
Deborah Epstein Henry

Program Chair:
Kim Wolf Price | Assistant Dean, Office of Career Services | Syracuse University College Law

Pre-registration required.
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Free for NYSBA Members and Co-Sponsoring Organizations | $25 Non-members

Finding Bliss in the Future of Legal Service & Practice.  Change has come to the legal profession, as never before.  Once hallowed law firms face unprecedented financial pressures, with corporate clients demanding more predictability in pricing, increased flexibility in staffing and added value from all legal service providers.  Lawyers themselves, overworked and worried about job security, are more stressed and anxiety ridden than ever.  At this event, ABA best-selling author, consultant and legal industry expert, Deborah Epstein Henry, will share creative and disruptive solutions to improve the delivery of legal services and the daily lives of lawyers.  Her remarks will be based on the findings of her new co-authored best-selling book, Finding Bliss:  Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers.  Debbie will explore the book’s seven themes to improve legal practice and client service, including:  innovation; value; predictability and trust; flexibility; talent development; diversity and inclusion; and, relationship building.  Through dialogue, innovative foresight and penetrating understanding, attendees will leave the program, armed with wisdom and inspiration of how to successfully navigate this critical moment of upheaval and opportunity facing the legal profession. 

Deborah Epstein Henry
 is an internationally recognized expert, consultant and public speaker on the future of the legal profession, new legal models, women and work/life balance.  She is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling ABA Flagship book for 2011.  Debbie has co-authored a second book, released by the ABA in January 2015, entitled FINDING BLISS:  Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers.  In just two months, FINDING BLISS went into its second printing and it is currently the #1 best-selling ABA Flagship non-fiction book for 2015.  Debbie is President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a firm she founded in the late 1990s, providing consulting, training and speaking services in the U.S. and abroad.  Her firm is well known for running Best Law Firms for Women with Working Mother – a national survey to select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends.  Debbie’s expertise with respect to women and workplace issues spans a range of subjects including retention, promotion, networking and business development, sponsorship, women’s initiatives, workplace culture and structure, leadership, compensation, self-promotion, flexibility, re-entry, transition and work/life balance.  Debbie is also a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers, a firm that employs high caliber lawyers to work on engagements for in-house legal department and law firm clients.  The firm is a new legal model that operates administratively from a virtual platform, with employees in a dozen states and counting. Debbie has developed a network of over 10,000 lawyers and garnered visibility for her work from The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The National Law Journal, and many others.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including being named aPhiladelphia Business Journal “Women of Distinction”.  Debbie donates her time to a number of non-profits, including the Forum of Executive Women where she is a member and serves on the Membership Committee and as Co-Chair of the Annual Leadership Symposium.  She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Task Force for Talent Innovation; a Liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession; and, an Honorary Advisory Board Member to Pace University School of Law’s New Directions program.  Debbie received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School.  She clerked for a federal judge in New York and is a former practicing litigator.  A native New Yorker, Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and three sons.

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