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Alternative Careers in Development: Planned Giving, Major Gifts, Corporations and Foundations

Sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee

Development work is an increasingly popular option for attorneys seeking “alternative” careers, perhaps particularly because it demands skills that many attorneys possess. A successful development professional must possess strong verbal and written skills, an ability to quickly research and synthesize different pieces of information and outstanding client-service skills. But what, exactly, distinguishes one area of development from another, in terms of skills required, day-to-day routine and the potential for career development? How can an attorney transition into development work if he possesses no practical experience in the field, nor any directly relevant legal knowledge?

Each of our panelists has transitioned into development after practicing law, and their collective experience includes stints in development at hospitals, museums and higher education institutions. Panelists will engage attendees in a constructive dialogue about the development field, providing a comprehensive overview of the field and discussing key aspects of how to successfully transition from practicing attorney to development professional. Topics include:

  • Different areas of development, including planned giving, major gifts and corporations and foundation relations;
  • Skills required for success in different areas of development;
    How to break into development work, regardless of one’s legal background;
  • Factors to assess in considering work;
  • What a “day in the life” of a development professional looks like;
  • Professional insights about development career opportunities in the next decade; and
  • Key issues to consider before transitioning into a career in development.

This roundtable will help attorneys assess whether development might be a good career fit for them. It will also provide key “break-in tips” to those interested in jumping into the field.


Lisa Terrizzi, Esq., program chair and moderator
Career coach and outplacement consultant and chair, MBA Lawyers in Transition Committee, Boston

Lori Friedman
Senior director of development for corporations and foundations, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Marisa Jaffe
Harvard Medical School, Boston

Mary Moran Perry
Senior director of gift planning, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

The Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section

Young Lawyers Division

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Presentation Date: May 5, 2010
Runtime: 1:30.00
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