New Online ABA Resource Helps Lawyers Survive Tough Economy

CHICAGO, April 2, 2009 – In this difficult economy, lawyers can get help with their careers, their practices and their well-being with just a mouse click.  The _’s new Economic Recovery Resources Web Portal offers a wide range of assistance for coping with tough times including information on job searching, personal development and career transition, law practice management tips, handling stress, and more.

“The economic downturn is having its effect on the careers of lawyers just as it is on so many professions.  The ABA is committed to assisting America’s lawyers so that individuals, businesses and clients that depend on their help will not find themselves without benefit of counsel as they combat the woes of recession,” said ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr.  “The Economic Recovery Resources Web Portal compiles the ABA’s vast resources for professional and personal development in a single online site.  I encourage lawyers to take advantage of the many tools available here.”

The resources Web site at http://new.abanet.org/economicrecovery consists of six topic areas: job search and networking, career transition, practice management, professional development, stress management and savings.  Each section offers an array of resources including:

  • practical advice from ABA publications, such as ABA Journal articles on what to do if you’ve been laid off and how to make over your résumé if your years of experience make you appear old, on paper
  • links to law practice tools, including 10 tips on building a better clientele, guidance on successful practice development, and the importance of effective client screening in a tough economy
  • references to relevant books, CDs and continuing legal education programs, such as “50 Financial Tips to Help You and Your Firm Survive and Thrive in a Down Economy” and “How to Start and Build a Law Practice.”

An evolving site, the easy-to-navigate Economic Recovery Resources Web Portal will expand as new resources are added regularly.

With more than 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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