Transitions are a part of life. Certainly, they are a part of any career in the law.
This week, the New Jersey State Bar Association will hold a daylong event meant to help all attorneys navigate the twists and turns lawyers may confront during their careers, whether its getting out of law school, looking to return to practice, changing a practice’s focus, or preparing to retire.
The first-ever Lawyers in Transition Conference will be held on Feb. 21 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The day offers hands-on workshops on business development and networking, financial planning, writing techniques, developing an online presence, crafting an elevator speech, mentoring and networking.
"Everyone needs a place to start. If you are just starting out or if you have been thinking about moving on, or back in, get a jumpstart with this conference. You will leave with immediately useful tools and the resources to develop and achieve your own professional identity. The conference features widely recognized leaders in legal career development and is the first of its kind in New Jersey," said Sandra Kroll, co-chair of the association’s Lawyers in Transition Committee.
The conference is the latest example of how the association is reaching out to lawyers in transition. In addition to the conference, the association has created a committee to focus on the issues facing lawyers; developed an e-publication meant to help them build and maintain successful practices; and dedicated the latest edition of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, which contains 17 scholarly and personal articles, to the topic.
“We have struck a nerve by uncovering a tremendous need for support for lawyers in all phases of transition, and the state bar association is well equipped to provide the best guidance,” said State Bar Association President Paris P. Eliades. “To me, this is one of the best features of the NJSBA—its ability to bring together a strong network of people and the resources to tackle important issues affecting every lawyer.”
Trustee Kimberly A. Yonta, who is co-chair of the Lawyers in Transition Committee, noted the conference does just that.
“Members will get tips they can implement in their own practices or in their career transitions,” she said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for every lawyer to consider career development. As lawyers, we spend a significant amount of time staying sharp in our substantive areas and often forget about our professional goals. I encourage lawyers to take advantage of this conference, and the new resources and support the NJSBA offers through its Lawyers in Transition Committee.”
To find out more or register, visit njsba.com.