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

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

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Influencing Snap Decisions By Crafting Clear Messages
By Jay Sullivan
Reprinted with the permission of the New York Law Journal

We make snap decisions. The “We” applies to everyone: to us as attorneys, to our clients, to jurors, to our colleagues. Many issues we decide on the fly should be decided that way. Fax the document or e-mail it? Delegate the assignment to a junior associate or just do it myself? Do I want fries with that?

Unfortunately, we also make snap decisions about important matters. “Which client’s work is a priority?” “Is Jack the best associate for this assignment?” “Guilty or not guilty?” We make snap decisions because we have so many things to decide in a given day. Since everyone makes snap decisions, we each have a better chance of influencing others if we have clear, strong messages that can be easily understood. Honing your message therefore becomes crucial to your success. More

Hear more about communications skills at Jay Sullivan's program, Effective Communication Skills for New Attorneys and Law Students, at the 2010 Boot Camp: Basic Training for Lawyers on September 14th and 16th.

The Young Lawyers Connect First Thursdays Series is Back…
Join us for the kick-off of the 3rd Annual First Thursdays Series on September 16th. At this event, you’ll meet fellow attorneys, CPAs, and other professionals while enjoying beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to win great door prizes. Special thanks to HB Burger, Heartland Brewery, and Glenrothes. Register by August 31st for Special Rates.

Committee on Law Student Perspectives Annual Program Welcoming Reception
September 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Every Contract is a Litigation Waiting to Happen: Drafting AdviceˇK
September 14, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Boot Camp 2010:
Basic Training for Lawyers

September 14 and 16, 12:45 - 5:30 pm

Careers in Government
September 21, 6:00 pm

Using Digital Forensics & Data From Social Networking Sites To Your Clients’ AdvantageˇK
September 23, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Telling Your Story, Selling Yourself
September 28, 8:30 am


Q: What is the best way to begin a transition into a different practice field? I am hoping to learn more about opportunities in a different area of the law than my current practice, and hope to transition out of this practice so that I can be better engaged with my work.

A: First, ask yourself why your current work isn’t engaging you. What don’t you like about your practice (and what do you like)? If you switched to a different practice area, would you be able to avoid the things you dislike about your current work? Would a new practice area allow you to fully utilize your skill set? Sometimes lawyers are unhappy and believe the problem lies with their practice area, but the problem is really their work environment: they are dealing with difficult co-workers or supervisors, not getting interesting assignments, or working unpredictable hours. If you like the substantive law and skills used in your area of practice, you may just need to change your environment (e.g., ask to work with other supervisors, seek out different types of cases or transactions, or consider changing employers). More