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

Refocusing Your Transition Strategies

A conversation about developing strategies for coping with the frustrations and doubts that are normal during a transition.  Presenters will discuss the trial and error that comes with the process of finding what is most helpful to you, watching for the warning signs that you’ve lost hope, the need to periodically assess your strategies and the courage to ask for and accept help from others.
Jessica D. Thaler, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, My Sisters' Place, White Plains, NY
Patricia Spataro, Director, Lawyer Assistance Program, New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY
There will be an Interactive Q & A Session with Jessica Thaler and Patricia Spataro.

All Lawyers in Transition informational programs are recorded and available online.  View archives of past events at

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

Academic Employment Opportunities (PDF)

Non-Profit/Public Interest Job Listings

Opening Your Own Practice

Get advice on starting a practice in New York. 

Building Practice Skills

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.

Lawyers in Transition Programs Available Online, On Demand

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