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

2017 annual meeting

NYSBA's 140th Annual Meeting | January 23-28, 2017
New York Hilton Midtown | 1335 Avenue of the Americas | NYC

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View over 50 video archives on Career Development

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

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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.