Break from the Law: - New York City Bar Association

Break from the Law: - New York City Bar Association

Break from the Law:

A City Bar Initiative for

Practicing and Re-entering





Not all attorneys' careers are linear. Many take a

break from their practices to pursue other opportunities or to attend to pressing

commitments. How do you get back into the profession when you have been away

for a while? What can you do to get yourself current?

The New York City Bar and its Committees on Career Advancement and

Management and Women in the Profession have put together a series of six

programs along with services to assist attorneys in their return to the workforce.

The City Bar is offering a special membership rate to attorneys seeking to

re-enter: attorneys admitted prior to 2001 who are not currently working can join

the City Bar for $295 a year and take advantage of all our member benefits

including event and member discounts. Since many re-entering attorneys need to

catch-up on changes in their area of practice and keep their CLE requirements

current, the City Bar's Center for Continuing Legal Education is offering re-entering

attorneys a special CLE discount that will allow them to take two CLE

courses and get the third one (of equal or lesser credits) for free.

In addition to CLE, the City Bar hosts dozens of programs to support attorneys'

career development needs. We also hold the Professional Development Workshop

Series, which addresses skills needed as attorneys progress in their careers.

Check our website, for more information on these programs and

many other opportunities at the Association.

Fees for each program: $15 for members, $25 for non-members



Finding the Right Fit

Mind the Gap:

Marketing Your

Best Self

Dusting Off the

Blue Suit: Getting

Ready for the

Interviews & More

Tuesday, October 7, 9am-10:30am

Career Counselors will guide lawyers through a

methodical approach to career reassessment that

can be used to: understand the impact of personal

style, goals and preferences on career/life choices;

utilize this self-knowledge to explore career

options; assess career options to find the optimal

fit; and, take action to fulfill professional and

personal objectives. In addition, speakers will

discuss various tools that can be used to shape

satisfying careers that take into account individual

abilities, skills and interests as well as preferences,

such as, work-life balance, values, work style, etc.


Salila Yohn

Axiom Legal, VP Attorney Development


Kathleen Brady

Kanarek & Brady LLC

Sheryl A. Odentz

President, Progress in Work LLC

Thursday, November 6, 11am-12:30 pm

This program for practicing and reentering

lawyers will address the fundamentals of marketing

oneself to potential employers, both before and

after a job interview. A panel of experts in career

planning and transition will offer advice on how to

draft resumes that stand out and effective cover

letters, and follow-up after interviews. The

panelists will offer a variety of ways in which

lawyers can express positive information and

messages about time spent out of the work force

and/or away from the legal profession in resumes,

cover letters, and discussions with prospective



Gil Allison

Senior Vice President, Career Consulting,

Right Management Consultants


Carol Kanarek

Kanarek & Brady LLC

Bruce Blackwell

President, Career Strategies International

Thursday,December 4,11am -12:30pm

Panelists will discuss how practicing and reentering

lawyers can best present themselves during the

interview process, including how to handle

questions about gaps in one’s resume and commitment

to the profession. Panelists also will discuss

how candidates can maximize the information they

elicit about employers during interviews. In addition,

panelists will discuss what can be learned

from rejections, and how to systematically assess

offers, including how to negotiate salaries,

seniority, etc.


Stephanie L. Jones

Vice President & General Counsel,

WEA Enterprises, Inc.


Harry Weiner

Partner, On-Ramps Services LLC

Kate Neville

Neville Career Consulting LLC

Making Your

Intentions Known:

How To Network in

a Social Setting

Thursday, January 29, 6pm - 8pm

After time away from the profession, it can be

difficult to communicate with confidence that you

are ready to reenter the workforce. This program

will provide practical tools and techniques for

networking in a social setting, including how to

segue from casual conversation to business topics,

how to hone a message about yourself and your

capabilities, and how to tell brief anecdotes that

convey your substance without bragging. A cocktail

reception will follow where participants can

practice their networking skills.


Jay Sullivan

Partner, Exec/Comm

Getting Back in the

Game: What You Need

To Know to Re-enter

the Profession

Thursday, February 12, 11am -12:30 pm

This program will feature panelists who have

successfully re-entered the profession after taking

a break from the practice of law. The panelists and

moderator will share their stories and tips for the

job search process, including how best to position

yourself for success. The program will be useful

not only for lawyers currently taking a break from

the practice of law, but also for those contemplating

taking a break in the future. Law graduates

who initially opted not to practice law, but are now

seeking to do so, will also find this program of



Deborah Epstein Henry

Founder/President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC


Rhonda Crichlow

Executive Director, Philanthropy & Community

Development, Novartis Pharmaceutical

John Metaxas

Allegaert Berger & Vogel LLP

Robin Wilcox

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

What’s New

in Technology

Wednesday, March 11, 6pm-8pm*

Wednesday, March 18, 6pm-8pm*

*This program will be held twice once on March 11,

6pm-8pm and again on March 18, 6pm-8pm.

If you hear the word "blackline" and assume it

must be the name of a hip new rock band, you will

want to be sure to sign up for this primer on basic

technology skills! In addition to receiving instruction

in technology essentials such as creating and

managing documents, emailing, calendaring, and

blacklining, attendees will learn how technological

devices such as Blackberries can be used by

lawyers remotely to stay in touch with the

workplace. Attendees also will receive a refresher

on how to conduct legal research. Finally, our

presenter will discuss how technology can be used

to take your legal practice to the next level.


Louis Manios

Training Manager, Proskauer Rose LLP

Ronald Mirvis

Head Reference Librarian,

New York City Bar Association


Please indicate which program(s) you will be


Programs will be held at the

NEW YORK CITY BAR, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Career Reevaluation: Finding the Right Fit

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 9am-10:30am

Mind the Gap: Marketing Your Best Self

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 11am-12:30pm

Dusting Off the Blue Suit:

Getting Ready for the Interviews & More

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 11am-12:30pm

Making Your Intentions Known:

How to Network in a Social Setting

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 6pm-8pm

Getting Back in the Game:

Lawyers Who Took Time Away From Practice

Tell What You Need to Know to

Re-enter the Profession

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 11am-12:30pm

What’s New in Technology

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 6pm-8pm Seating is limited.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 6pm-8pm Seating is limited.

$15 per program for Members; $25 per program for Non-Members

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