Kick-Off ReceptionYoung Lawyers Connect
Sept 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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What Today’s Lawyers Could Learn from Yesterday’s Mad Men
By Mary Crane

I’m hooked. When Season Four of AMC’s popular Mad Men program premiered this summer, I was stationed in front of my television, Old Fashioned cocktail in hand. I couldn’t wait to see whether newly formed ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce has made it out of a hotel room and into real office space.

The program’s key character, Don Draper, is a successful ad exec who concocts winning strategies out of thin air, then presents them in a way that closes the deal. He’s a mentor who looks out for his team members and pushes them to succeed. He’s a decorated war hero and the epitome of the strong silent type. Don is the one man every person at his Madison Avenue firm either wants to be or be with. More

First Thursdays Kickoff Reception
Please join us on September 16th for the kickoff of the third annual First Thursdays Series. You can build your network will mingling with fellow attorneys and other professionals, while enjoying beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to win great door prizes. Register by
Aug 31st to take advantage of early registration discounts. Register

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September 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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Q: I am an insurance professional with a law degree and I am interested in practicing law, preferably insurance coverage and or defense work. What is the best way to apply my skills to legal practice?

As an insurance professional with a law degree, you might first consider employment with a major insurance company, or with private firms with which these insurers contract to handle some of the insurer’s litigation. However, you should not limit your options.

As with any practice area, law firms are most interested in attorneys who possess in-depth knowledge of their clients’ business. An insurance professional knows the insurance business better than attorneys. This knowledge is what you need to “sell” to a potential employer. An insurance professional with a law degree has knowledge of the claims process and the obligations of insurers, but you also need to emphasize your extensive knowledge of cutting edge law involving general policy defenses, coverage issues arising under specific policy types, including general liability, commercial and personal auto, homeowners, directors and officers, and employment practice liability coverage, disputes arising under excess, umbrella and reinsurance contracts. More