Thursday, May. 10, 2007
MBA Vice President Denise Squillante introduces keynote speaker Deborah Epstein Henry at last week's Lawyers in Transition Conference.
MBA presents first-ever Lawyers in Transition Conference
Keynote speaker urges attorneys to "be creative" when re-entering the profession
In all, more than 50 people seeking a stronger connection to the legal profession attended the Massachusetts Bar Association’s first Lawyers in Transition Conference, held May 3 at Bentley College in Waltham.
The Lawyers in Transition Committee is going to be a “permanent fixture” under the new General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, MBA Vice President Denise Squillante said. She also wants the conference to become an annual tradition, alternating between Eastern Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts locations from year to year, alternating east-west locations with the annual General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference.
“I think the conference was a raging success,” Squillante said. “I was surprised at our ability to reach lawyers in transition in the hidden corners of the commonwealth. I think it shows we need to continue to reach out to lawyers in this category, because lawyer in transition issues are not going to go away.”
“Massachusetts is the leading bar association on lawyer in transition issues,” Squillante said, referring to keynote speaker Deborah Epstein Henry’s assertion that the MBA is “the first bar association nationally to address these issues.” Many, however, including the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, are starting to take action, she said, but it’s a situation that is only beginning to be recognized.
In addition to future job-connection plans, Squillante said one successful effort already offered is the reduced membership fee of $150 as a way of keeping lawyers informed about industry news, offering Continuing Legal Education courses to sharpen their skills and encouraging networking.