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The chance to discuss practical tips on work-related topics and career strategies with top lawyers and legal career consultants, in person and at no additional cost, is available from the “Top Issues to Master for a Thriving Career” program at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston.
Such topics as charting your course, showcasing your value, building a book of business, dealing with dollars and sense, and particular challenges in legal careers will be discussed in full-group session, followed by roundtable discussions offering the opportunity to receive advice on top-of-the-mind questions.
Legal career counselor Kathy M. Morris of Under Advisement, Ltd. in Chicago will moderate the session, and the speakers will be Nancer H. Ballard of Dain Torpy Le Ray Wiest & Garner, Barbara A. Fiacco of Foley Hoag, Susan V. Fried of K&L Gates (all based in Boston), Stewart M. Hirsch of Strategic Relationships in the Boston suburb of Sharon, Mass., and David H. Paige of Legal Fee Advisors of New York City.
The ABA has taken the position that lawyers have an obligation to communicate clearly regarding their fees and to represent clients efficiently. Paige, a litigator and general counsel for 25 years, will discuss common-sense actions that can create better communication between lawyers and their clients, and will get into the specifics of fees, budgeting and billing protocols.
Hirsch is known for his seven-point framework for business development: setting goals, creating and implementing a plan, setting priorities, persevering, getting access to people, recognizing opportunities, and taking action. Fried, Ballard and Fiacco all bring current law firm experience to their advice on the challenges of having control and confidence at work.
"The program will give specifics on how to become a better lawyer faster in the areas that really matter across a career. The ABA and I have enlisted an accomplished array of lawyers and legal consultants who will address attendees' concerns and guide them on subjects that will help them be more effective, efficient, skilled and satisfied," said Morris, also moderator of the ABA's monthly Free Career Advice Series, of which this program is a part.
ABA Free Career Advice Series offers monthly webinars on the second Friday of each month. Current and past webinars are available for free download to members, while non-members pay $95 per session.