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Switching Sectors for a Better Fit

Presented by Heather Fine, Mark Smith, and Kathy Morris

Note: This is not for CLE. Part of the free Career Development Series, a monthly webinar series featuring practical tips from legal career experts. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.


Receive pointers from career experts on switching sectors for a better fit. Are you in a firm but wish you could work for one client only? Are you in-house but miss being in a firm? Hear from our career experts about:

  • The various sectors to consider in a legal career
  • The pros, cons, and personalities optimal for each
  • The myths and misgivings that may be keeping you from finding a better fit
Choosing a new path.

Choosing a new path.


Heather Fine is a Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Chicago office, where she is an executive recruiter placing lawyers in-house in company law departments. She has worked as a lawyer in Washington, DC in the public interest and government sectors, after beginning her legal career in a boutique family law firm in Maryland. Heather went to Colby College and graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Mark Smith is Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Mark began his career in law as an associate at a large firm and then ran for US Congress. Prior to his current role (among other things) advising pre-law undergraduates, he was Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Washington University School of Law, his alma mater. He got his AB at Harvard.

Kathy Morris, Founder, Under Advisement, Ltd., Chicago, IL and New York, NY

ABA Free Career Development Series is a monthly webinar series featuring practical tips from legal career experts.

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