Recession Recovery Teleconferences Help Lawyers Survive Down Economy

ABA, state and local bar associations unite to enhance reach of programs

CHICAGO, May 4, 2009 – The _ announces new teleconference programming for lawyers seeking professional guidance during the economic downturn, the ABA Recession Recovery Teleconference Series. Offered May 19 – June 30, the series consists of four audio programs providing practical tips and strategies for success in today’s career climate.

The ABA Recession Recovery Teleconference Series is the ABA’s latest resource to assist lawyers in combating the woes of the tough economy, which have included slow growth for law firm revenue in the United States and nearly 11,000 lawyer layoffs by major U.S. law firms in the last 16 months.  Other ABA economic recovery offerings include reduced fees on ABA products and a Web portal of online resources to help lawyers weather the recession.

To maximize the reach of the teleconference series, the ABA has joined forces with more than 20 state and local bar associations across the country. These local organizations are actively recruiting program participants and will host the teleconferences in their communities. Many associations will also use the upcoming series to develop a broader economic recovery program for lawyers in their local area.

Available via telephone or Internet broadcast, the audio teleconference programs are offered for free to ABA members and attendees of bar association-organized group listening events. Other participants pay a reduced fee.

The programs include:

“How to Sell Yourself, Developing the Perfect Pitch” will offer practical advice and self-marketing strategies to land a job, get a promotion or attract new business. The session will include information on current job market trends and professional development opportunities. (May 19)

Solotions: Overcoming the Obstacles of Going and Being Solo in a Down Economy” will feature seasoned solo practitioners who will advise listeners on the steps involved in setting up shop as a first-time solo lawyer. (June 2)

“Recession-Proof Yourself: Take Control in a Down Economy” will help lawyers build a solid foundation to reach their career development goals and financial stability. Topics include goal development, work-life balance, networking best practices and safeguarding finances. (June 16)

“Staying Positive in a Down Economy: Beyond the ‘Group Hug’” will offer techniques to help displaced lawyers maintain motivation and morale as they seek new career opportunities. (June 30)

Continuing legal education credit is available for the June 2 program, “Solotions: Overcoming the Obstacles of Going and Being Solo in a Down Economy.” CLE credit is not available for the remaining sessions.

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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