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Doing Well by Doing Good: The Business Development Benefits of Law Firm Pro Bono 10/03/12
Savvy firms understand that we are in a relationship business and take every opportunity to improve and strengthen their relationships with their clients, but many overlook an opportunity staring them in the face – to partner with their clients on their pro bono efforts. Firms do pro bono. Many of our clients – particularly those with large in-house legal departments – also do pro bono. Our panel's goal is to show lawyers and the marketers who serve them how aligning their pro bono efforts with their clients' efforts and interests can yield unexpected business benefits. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity for networking.
Speakers: Geoff Goldberg, Chief Advancement Officer, McCarter & English; John Ogden, President/CEO Innovative Results LLC; Bret Parker, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Elizabeth Arden, Inc.; Robert S. Whitman, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Co-Sponsored by: The Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, Brenna K. DeVaney, Chair; The Career Advancement and Management Committee, Courtney Fitzgibbons, Chair; The Metropolitan NY Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association

Event Materials:
Program Bios (PDF)
Some Good Places to Start (Word .doc)
Pro Bono + Biz Dvlpmnt (Word .doc)
NYC Family Court Volunteer Attorney Program (Word .doc)
Doing Well by Doing Good Slideshow (Powerpoint .ppt)
Corporate Pro Bono ChallengeSM and Clinic in a BoxSM(Word .doc)
Making the Business Case for Pro Bono (PDF)

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For International LL.M. Students and Attorneys: Navigating the US Legal Market and Planning Your Career 4/25/12
Globalization, international trade, and the growth of multinational law firms have resulted in an increased enrollment in LL.M. programs at law schools throughout the U.S. However, international attorneys may face a number of challenges as they seek employment in the U.S. legal market in the private or public sector. This panel will provide important information and advice for this valuable and diverse segment of today's legal market.

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The Business of Fashion 3/05/12
This event will explore the unique issues and challenges faced by in-house legal counsel in the fashion industry and how their role has changed and expanded in an online world. Our panelists also will discuss their respective career paths and provide advice to attorneys and law students interested in entering this exciting industry.
Introduction by: MONICA RICHMAN, SNR Denton
Moderator: MARC LIEBERSTEIN, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Speakers: ANTONIO BORRELLI , Assistant General Counsel, The Donna Karan Company LLC; KAREN LAPIDUS, Former Vice President & General Counsel, Loehmann’s Holdings, Inc.; CINDY BIRNBAUM RONSON, General Counsel, A&E Stores, Inc.; ANNA DALLA VAL , Senior Director, International Trademarks and Enforcement, Ralph Lauren Corporation

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The Business of Beauty 11/01/11
This event explores the unique issues and challenges faced by in-house legal counsel in the beauty industry and how their role has changed and expanded in an online world. Our panelists also discuss their respective career paths and provide advice to attorneys and law students interested in entering this exciting industry.
Moderator: CHARLES COLMAN, Charles Colman Law, PLLC
Speakers: ERIC BREITMAN, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Coty Inc.; ANCA CORNIS-POP, Global Marketing Counsel, Avon Products, Inc.; BRET PARKER, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Elizabeth Arden, Inc.; ERICA J. SWARTZ, Trademark Counsel, Revlon

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Lawyer to Entrepreneur in 2010 - 3/18/2010
Have you always dreamed of starting your own business or being your own boss? Don't know where to begin or need inspiration? Come and learn from successful entrepreneurs about their paths from practicing law to running their own businesses and how they are using their "lawyer" skills to advance. The panelists have diverse backgrounds as lawyers and have pursued different business ventures. Their stories will surely inform and inspire.

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Is a Contract, Freelance, Staff, or Discovery Attorney Position Right for You? 11/11/09
Inna Idelchik Swinton and Shawn Treadwell of Strategic Legal Solutions and Beverly R. Daniel of CareerGrowth Group discuss the opportunities to practice law on a contract or freelance basis and how these opportunities can impact your career. They also provide insight into navigating this type of employment, whether it is part of a temporary or long-term career path.

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Careers in the Courts: The Road to the Bench and Other Less-Traveled Judicial Roles 1/7/10
Do you aspire to be a judge or want to pursue a legal career in the judiciary? Dana Post, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Hon. Peter Moulton, Judge, Civil Court, New York County discuss the various judicial careers, as well as demystifying the varied routes to getting to the bench.

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Leveraging the Holiday Season to Maximize Networking 12/14/09
Networking is a critical skill that every attorney needs to master for both career and business development. The holidays provide numerous professional and social opportunities to practice your networking skills and make the process feel effortless. Diane M. Costigan, Northeast Managing Director, Shannon and Manch and Michelle V. Francis, Founder & Principal, The Francis Company discuss ways to motivate and leverage your professional strengths and your personality to make networking work for you.

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How to Succeed and Excel as a Reduced or Flexible Hours Associate 9/17/09
Hear frank advice and practical tips for how to address the challenges of working a reduced or flexible arrangement. Linda Bray Chanow, Assistant Director, Project for Attorney Retention and Emily Finn, Manager of Global Associate Development, Latham & Watkins LLP discuss common challenges faced by associates taking part in reduced and flexible hours programs, as well as proven strategies for beating these obstacles and charting a course for success.

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Life After the Firm: Leaving the Practice but not the Passion 4/21/09
Thinking about what to do after retiring from your current job? Jeri Sedlar, Senior Advisor, Mature Workforce, Conference Board and author of Don't Retire, REWIRE!: 5 Steps to Fulfilling Work that Fuels Your Passion and Maureen Reid, Principal, Maureen M. Reid LLC discuss tips to think about as you contemplate what is next.

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Want to be a Partner? How to Write an Effective Business Development Plan to Get on the Right Path 4/15/09
Whether you are a partner, trying to become elevated to partner or are contemplating a lateral move as a partner, business development plans are now a regular practice at most law firms and are carefully reviewed by firm leadership. Diane M. Costigan, Executive Coach & Consultant, Firm Leader Inc. and Tim Leishman, Managing Director, Firm Leader Inc. discuss how to approach business/practice development plans in a way that accurately captures the value you add and positions you as a rainmaker.

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Career Resources for Lawyers to Navigate the Current Economy: Finding a Job in a Down Economy 3/9/09
With the current state of the economy, many lawyers are looking for—or fear that they soon will be looking for—a new job. Diane Costigan, Executive Coach & Consultant, Firm Leader Inc. and Marcia Shannon, Principal, Shannon & Manch, LLP discuss the current legal landscape, career-search resources and the job–search process.

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Intelligent Interviewing: Telling Your Story, Selling Yourself 10/28/08
Interviewing: a skill that can be learned and must be practiced. Maureen Reid, Maureen M. Reid LLC; Julia Herr Smith, President, Esquire Prep, LLC; and Lori Freudenberger discuss how to prepare for interviews and practice your interviewing skills.

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Is a contract, freelance, staff or discovery attorney position right for you? 10/7/08
Diana Hird, Legal Consultant, The Nielsen Company (US), Inc and Bob McCartin, a litigation consultant experienced in New York’s consulting and freelance legal market discuss the current market for contact attorneys and those considering pursing work in document review and offer advice on how to navigate this unique career path.

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Professional Development Workshop: Legal Team Leadership 6/12/08
David Freeman, founder and CEO of the David Freeman Consulting Group, discusses the challenges attorneys face as they transition into leadership roles. He covers topics from motivating your team and conflict resolution to developing leadership skills. No CLE credit for this podcast.

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Managing & Overcoming Common Barriers to Inclusion that Legal Professionals in the Minority Encounter 5/28/08
Natalie Holder-Winfield, Diversity and Employment Law Consultant, QUEST Educational Initiatives leads a discussion on how to manage and overcome common barriers to inclusion in the legal profession-such as, dual identity issues, feelings of isolation, and inadequate networks with Kevin Cleary, Senior Trial Counsel, The United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York; Keisha-Ann Gray, Proskauer Rose; Kelly Hoey, Professional Development Manager, White & Case LLP; and Carmalyn Malalis, Outten & Golden LLP. Participants also share practical career management wisdom to aid you in the taking charge of your career.

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Career Decisions 2008: Internal and Lateral Firm Moves 3/27/08
Elena Kaspi,President, Lawscope Coaching, and Danice Kowalczyk,Managing Director, BCG Attorney Search, New York City & International Markets discuss various ways to approach, consider, and decide upon, a career move --- either within your current firm or laterally to a new firm.

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Professional Development Workshop: New Ethical Challenges for Rising Attorneys 5/15/08
Mary Crane, Principal, Mary Crane & Associates discusses ethical challenges faced by rising attorneys such as how to exercise proper professional conduct, maintain discretion and confidentiality and to communicate with clients and act professional in difficult situations.

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Job Search Strategies and Career Management Advice for Foreign Attorneys/LL.M. Graduates 3/26/08
Alan D. Surchin, Pittleman & Associates, and Clara K. Solomon, Assistant Director, Graduate Division, Office of Career Services, NYU School of Law discuss the unique challenges foreign-educated attorneys and LL.M. students and graduate face in obtaining a legal position and offer practical advice concerning job search strategies and long-term career development.

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