Volume 3, Number 1 • November 2004
Unlocking Your Potential, or Deciding Which Fork in the Road to Take
By Alfreda D. Coward
As lawyers, we often wonder whether we are choosing the right paths for our careers. This year’s ABA Young Lawyer Division (YLD) member service project, entitled “Unlock Your Potential,” is designed to aid us in that assessment. “Unlock Your Potential” will focus on the various career paths available to young lawyers and will provide programming designed to highlight various career options. The program’s focus this year will be to assist young lawyers in evaluating whether solo practice is the path best for them. In “Hanging Out Your Shingle,” young lawyers will receive materials designed to assist them in exploring the various facets of forming and developing a law practice. The program will also offer suggestions regarding financing and marketing a solo practice.
The program kicks off at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Salt Lake City. Our keynote speaker will by Jay Foonberg, author of How to Start and Build a Law Practice. Written materials will be distributed at that meeting. We will also give out key chains bearing the logo for the “Unlock Your Potential” program. In connection with the program, monthly features of career-related subjects are available on the ABA/YLD website. Lastly, we are also developing a resource guide for all those who are interested in going solo.
Although the focus for this year will be to assist young lawyers in transition to solo practice, resources and programming will be available for those young lawyers who are interested in pursuing other career paths. One such resource will be the unveiling of a new and improved career resource section of the ABA/YLD website.
It is our hope that “Unlock Your Potential” will provide young lawyers with the keys to finding the career paths that are right for them.
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