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Preparing for Lift Off: Starting Your Personal Journey to Post-Practice Life

Ida O Abbott, Cory M Amron, Phyllis G Bossin, Renie Yoshida Grohl, and Lisa B Horowitz

Are you thinking about your post-practice life? Are you ready to take the plunge? Are you being encouraged to do so? Whether you feel prepared and excited, unprepared and worried, or have no idea at all, this program will provide valuable insights.

In this first program of the “Life After Law” series, this outstanding panel of attorneys--some still practicing and others retired from practice--will discuss their personal journey to a post-practice life. They will share the challenges including their fears, not knowing how to start, and issues of identity as well as the impact of this decision on others. They will also discuss the opportunities a post-practice life offers--freedom to think and act “outside the box” and your comfort zone and no billable hours! Finally, they will share resources including organizations and people who can help you navigate the process.


  • Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
  • Law Practice Division
  • Commission on Women in the Profession
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)

You are not alone--Who can help

  1. Organizations—Modern Elder Academy; Encore; AARP; ABA-SLD; National Association of Women Lawyers Women Revolutionizing Retirement Affinity Group; State Bar Associations; Alumni groups
  2.  Coaches, mentors, buddies
  3. Therapists
  4. Financial planners

Other resources

  1. Article: The Philadelphia Lawyer, September 2020-Retirement—Who Me? By Lynn Marks, Eleanor W. Myers and Janet F. Stotland—Public Interest Alums Network
  2. Article: Retirement Is No Time to Stop Working, by Ida Abbott
  3. Book: The Making of a Modern Elder: Wisdom at Work by Chip Conley
  4. Book: Retirement by Design by Ida Abbott
  5. Book: From Strengths to Strengths by Arthur C. Brooks
  6. Book: Success Tips for Lawyers Leaving Practice: Rewire, Refire—Do not Retire by Marilyn Tucker
  7. Book: Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges
  8. Book: New Passages by Gail Sheehy
  9. ArticleYour Next Chapter—Life After Practicing Law by Lisa B. Horowitz, Attorney Talent Strategy Group