May 01, 2015

The Chair's Corner: Bumps in the Road for Young Lawyers

Amy Lin Meyerson

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Just as in life, your practice of law is not always going to be smooth sailing. Your career path may be particularly rocky when you are first starting out as a new lawyer. The leadership, general members, and staff of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division are here to support and help you.

In this issue themed “Bumps in the Road for Young Lawyers,” we have identified some of the challenges encountered by attorneys. You will find articles on “Four Rookie Mistakes for Young Solos—and How to Recover,” “Ten Ways Successful Lawyers Respond to Career Setbacks,” “Reviving Your Legal Career in the Wake of Addiction,” “Practical Advice for New Law School Graduates,” “Tech Tips for Young Lawyers to Get and Stay Organized,” “Technology Bargains When Starting a New Practice,” “The New Lawyer’s Guide to Cybersecurity and Protecting Your Practice,” and “Social Media Ethics in the Age of Documented Mischief.” Other featured articles provide information on addiction from differing perspectives, substance abuse, mental health, and how to avoid burnout and handle financial problems.

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