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.

New Program of Interest

Restart Your Career at Credit Suisse - Credit Suisse Launches its Application Process for the Real Returns Program

Are you thinking about re-entering the work force after an extended absence?  Real Returns at Credit Suisse is an initiative designed to re-engage talented professionals and help facilitate their transition back into the workforce.  Real Returns is a paid employment program that runs for 11 weeks starting February 1, 2016.  You will work on an important short-term assignment in one of our business areas in New York based on your expertise, interests and skill set.  The application process opens on August 3 and runs through October 4, 2015.  

Visit to learn more about the program and to apply.  

UPCOMING programs and events for Lawyers in Transition

How to Jumpstart Your Legal Career and Stay Competitive | A Panel Discussion About Resumes, Interviews and Networking

Free Program and Networking Reception for NYSBA Members. This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Baker & McKenzie | 452 5th Avenue (Between 39th & 40th) | New York City. 

Live Program and Webcast | 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.  | Networking Reception | 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Get resume tips, advice on interviewing and networking.  A panel of experts will discuss what they for when reviewing resumes and will provide advice on networking.  While geared toward recent law school graduates, newly admitted attorneys and young lawyers, this program will provide helpful advice for all attorneys looking for career advancement.   

Thomas Blennau, Moderator, Assistant Director of Employer Outreach, St. John’s University School of Law
Tara Bonsol, Recruiting Specialist, Baker & McKenzie 
Catherine Christian, Chief, Elder Abuse Unit, New York County District Attorney’s Office
Denise Carlin, Managing Director of Permanent Recruitment and Business Development,  
Ernie Peck, Partner & Hiring Manager, Downing & Peck

Sponsored by the Committee on Lawyers in Transition of the New York State Bar Association, Pathway to the Profession, USI Affinity and the following NYSBA sections: Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Justice, Elder Law and Special Needs, Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law, Family Law, Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law, General Practice, Intellectual Property Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Property Law, Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law, Trusts & Estates Law, Young Lawyers

Please Note: This program does not carry MCLE credit

Seating for this program is limited.  Pre-registration required.  Register Online

To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.

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All Lawyers in Transition informational programs are recorded and available online.  

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Finding Bliss: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers
Speaker: Debbie Epstein Henry, Flex-time Lawyers LLC 
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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.  

Career Resources for Lawyers in Transition

Visit the CAREER RESOURCES page to learn more about career development, positions available and resume tips and advice.

NYSBA Online Career Center

Government Jobs

Office of the Attorney General - NYS
National Association of Attorneys General

New York City Law Department

Manhattan District Attorney

District Attorneys Association of the State of New York

New York State Civil Service listing

Federal Job Postings

Academic Employment Opportunities (PDF)
Non-Profit/Public Interest Job Listings

Opening Your Own Practice

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Opening Your Own Practice
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Pro Bono Resources

Lawyers in Transition Blog

Committee on Lawyers in Transition Blog - Collected writings of committee members on topics of interest to attorneys seeking work, changing careers, pursuing flex time arrangements and more.