Nov 13

Managing Your Work Search Process: An LCL and MBA Partnership

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Join in an 8-session series, “Managing Your Work Search Process,” starting on December 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston.  This series is designed for lawyers between jobs, dealing with a layoff, or seeking a first legal job, in a challenging legal marketplace.

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You will learn strategies to help you optimize your professional strengths. Topics include tips on networking and informational interviews, improving your marketability, how to utilize social media and resume and cover letter writing samples. The eight seminars will include:

  • Getting Started: Identification of Skills, Experience and Professional Interests
  • Launching Your Search
  • Strategic Outreach: Developing a Personal Connection
  • Strategic Outreach: Managing the Networking Process
  • Personal Presentation: Interviewing Skills
  • Mental Self-Management: Staying Positive and Proactive
  • Finding a Satisfying Legal Position When Most of Them Are Not Advertised (Small Law Firms Offer Big Options)
  •  Moving Forward: Making the Most of What Is

Dasha Tcherniakovskaia, program chair, is getting her master’s degree in mental health counseling at Lesley University. She is changing careers after devoting 10+ years to corporate law.  She has worked as a paralegal at a major financial institution and an associate at a large Boston law firm.

Massachusetts Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section is the Sponsoring Section.

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The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, ending March 18,2014


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Aug 03

LCL’s Professional Conduct Group

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Lawyers come to LCL for a number of good reasons:  stress, practice management issues, career concerns, collegial concerns and struggles with personal and family matters, mental health and substance abuse issues.

Legal practice is a “tough assignment” for most every attorney out there, even if they love what they do!  There are so many different elements to practice between managing client expectations, getting paid, keeping up with practice demands, court schedules, and your own sense of success and satisfaction.

There are times when the practice becomes overwhelming and mistakes happen, client lodge complaints, or the IOLTA check bounces and the BBO get involved.  It is important to understand the need to get help when this happens. At LCL, I run a group for lawyers who get into trouble in a multitude of ways with their practice.   Their issues are often recognizable and not uncommon, such that other attorneys think, “there but for the grace of god, go I”, and exhale in relief that no BBO letter arrives.

The group is helpful to lawyers who need a safe place to talk about what happened to them, allowing them the space and time to come to terms with their responsibility in the discipline process, while assisting them in dealing with the loss of a practice identity and income.  A lawyer’s professional identity is their “bread and butter,” and when they are disciplined or suspended for a period of time they need to confront issues related to lack of income, and how they will address and deal with colleagues or clients who call them looking for help.

If you are a lawyer in some trouble with the BBO or a lawyer who is representing a lawyer at the BBO call me at LCL to discuss how this resource can be of service to you: 617 482 9600.

Barbara J. Bowe, LICSW

Jul 03

LCL Says “Roll Out the WordPress”

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As the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers I am pleased to announce that LCL has moved to a new, more dynamic website platform, powered by WordPress.  Interestingly, WordPress was created and continues to be built by a community of dedicated volunteers.   As a result of those volunteers’ hard work, WordPress grew from a simply typography tool, to a full content management system, which is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world.   The success of WordPress demonstrates the power of highly dedicated volunteers who form a united community to achieve a goal, and then keep achieving new goals.

For me, WordPress is the perfect tool to be used by LCL for our new website.  Not only is it an easy, well developed software platform for us to use, but, symbolically, it is perfect.  Like WordPress, LCL is also an organization that was started by a few highly dedicated volunteers that created a statewide community assisting attorneys.  Those first LCL leaders brought together attorneys dealing with alcoholism, but, they also saw the need to do more, for more attorneys, dealing with many issues that prevented the attorneys from achieving success both professionally and personally.   With the ongoing support of a growing number of individual volunteers, who serve on our board of directors, or any of our Peer Volunteer Support Groups, LCL is able to provide free and confidential services, across Massachusetts, to attorneys that need assistance.   From our initial, and continuing core mission, to assist attorneys, law students and judges seeking to deal with alcohol and drug abuse, or addiction, to our expanded mission to provide mental health evaluation and referral, and finally, to our newest mission to provide law practice management assistance, our volunteers have laid the foundation, reached out a hand in support, and embraced the LCL staff to create a larger stronger community.

Like WordPress, our continued success depends upon our community which supports the mission of LCL, and provides new energy, and a strong sense of mission, and the ability to provide greater services then any individual part.  As we roll out the new website platform, we ask our members, users, and clients, to join our community, find ways to help further our mission, and allow us to effectively communicate with each community member.  Also, if you wish to contribute to LCL in any manner please contact us so we can find a place for you to help.

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