New York's New Chocolate
Oct. 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Nov. 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Pass the Bar
Dec. 2, 6 - 8 pm

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By Kathleen Brady

If the current economic climate has taught us anything, it has taught us the importance of anticipating transition points and preparing for unexpected events. It has reinforced the idea that by building an adjustable portfolio of skills and a strong professional reputation, you can design a focused but flexible career plan to weather any storm along your career path.

Career/life planning is like solving a business problem. Every successful business venture begins with a comprehensive business plan, updated annually, outlining goals and objectives. Such plans are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate unexpected market changes and opportunities. Effective career planning prepares you for the continuous process of choices and adjustments that will enable you to react to the changing circumstances that are inevitable thorough the course of your professional life. More

New York's New Chocolate
Join your fellow attorneys and other professionals on October 7th for a walk-around tasting of local, artisanal chocolate paired with beverages that celebrate and complement this sweet treat. Local chocolatier Nunu Chocolate will take center stage with a chocolate-making demonstration and samples of their sustainably-sourced handmade treats, customized for the event. The First Thursdays Series allows attorneys to build their connections and focus on business development, whether they have been practicing for 9 or 10 years, or are just starting out. Register.

Careers in Compliance: Consider the Possibilities
Sept. 30, 6:30 pm

Re-entry 101: Resuming Your Legal Career
Oct. 5, 8:30 am

Expand Your Practice with Contract Attorneys
Series for Seasoned Solos and Small Firm Practitioners

Oct. 5, Wine & Cheese Reception: 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm; Program: 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Careers in Labor & Employment Law: Law Students and Recent Grads
Oct. 12, 6:30 pm

Putting Together a Practice that Works for You
Oct. 21, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Intelligent Interviewing
Oct. 26, 6 pm


Q: I've been a practicing litigator for 10 years and have done some personal/life coaching on the side for the past 2 years. I very much want to transition into professional development at a firm and, although I have had some great feedback, it comes down to the old conundrum: I don't have experience and I can't GET experience. Is there a certification program etc... that would be helpful/useful?

A: There's no particular certification program that is required for work in the legal professional development field. If you'd like to attend a program to show your interest in the area, you might try some of the programs organized by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), such as the Professional Development Institute or the Newer Professionals Forum. Information about these programs is available on the NALP website.

Another option is to pursue some sort of further study through a university. More