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PinkSlips, Detours and OnRamps

by Carolyn Elefant on April 8, 2009 · 0 comments

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On April 30, 2009, I’ll be teaming up with Julie Tower-Pierce, a fellow D.C. area lawyer and author of Staying At Home, Staying in the Law  for a four hour workshop entitled PinkSlips, Detours & OnRamps where we’ll be sharing advice and inspiration on ways to recharge and reinvent your legal career.   There are a couple of on-ramping programs already out there, but many are incredibly pricey (this one for example costs $2500!), plus they’re more focused on job re-entry, which may not be a possibility in this climate.  We’ll be discussing the myriad of options available in the 21st century and showing how to leverage these tools:

Here’s the full program description.  Go to Myshingleformomsdadstoo.com to register ($150 regular; $125 early bird)

Thursday, April 30, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Busboys & Poets
1025 K Street NW (5th & K), DC
(202) 387-7638

Presented by: Carolyn Elefant, Esq., author of Solo By Choice and the blog MyShingle Julie Tower-Pierce, Esq., author of Staying at Home Staying in the Law: A Guide to Remaining Active in the Legal Profession While Pursuing Your Dreams and the blog, Darling Hill.

A can’t miss event for lawyers who are:

  • laid off or between jobs
  • on a career detour
  • "former/ex/recovering" lawyers contemplating re-entry
  • (too!) busy raising a family or “staying at home”
  • dreaming about hanging their own shingle
  • feeling stuck in the law
  • looking to connect with other “offramp” lawyers
  • wanting to invigorate their careers or reinventing their practices
  • doubting whether work/life balance exists or hoping to find balance
  • law students planning for the future
  • can’t find work in today’s legal economy

Program Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Registration
10:15 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks: State of the Law Address, Carolyn Elefant
10:30 a.m. Getting Back to the Law or Keeping Your Foot in the Law, Julie Tower-Pierce

Topics covered:

  • What off-ramped lawyers need to do to stay marketable while on a career detour or between jobs, whether or not they plan to return to the law in the near future
  • Reentry strategies for reconnecting to the law after a career detour
  • Strategies for getting your legal groove back
  • Strategies for building your brand
  • Simple, effective job search strategies
  • Finding and creating flexible work (e.g., jobshares, part-time work)

11:45 a.m. Hanging a Shingle on Your Own Terms: The Flexibility of Going Solo

Topics covered:

  • Using Technology and Social Networks to restart, recharge, and reinvent your career
  • Why a part-time or “slash” practice can be desirable and doable
  • Launch 101 – inexpensive and easy strategies to get a practice up and running

1:00 p.m. Hands-On Workshop: Social Networks and Technology 101 & Networking

Why attend the Pinkslips, Detours & OnRamps Event:

  • Connect with local lawyers who know what you’re going through (e.g., “mommy guilt”, work/life balance issues, career stress)
  • Build and enhance your legal network
  • Discover how to build your own brand and enhance marketability
  • Learn strategies for creating the work/life balance you dream about
  • Find out strategies for finding flexible, meaningful part-time work and how to go solo flexibly
  • Familiarize yourself with the latest Web 2.0 technologies for time management, road warrior’ing and building professional and personal connections.
  • Discover how to best use your time “between” jobs
  • A “no excuse” event: casual attire, bring your baby
  • Convenient and affordable alternative to the costs of alternative on-ramp or coaching programs

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