Attorneys will find themselves in a period of transition at one or more points in their career, whether that period is due to their initial entry into the legal profession, their exiting the profession upon retirement, for brief or extended maternity, paternity or family leave, in order to pursue an alternative career opportunity or upon making a shift in the focus or path of their career. They face many challenges and uncertainties when returning to the workforce after an absence as well as while making a career move, change or transition. The Committee on Lawyers in Transition develops initiatives to help these attorneys identify and pursue possible and desired opportunities, to enable lawyers to remain connected to other lawyers and the profession before and during a career interruption while laying the groundwork for future re-entry and to arm them with the skills needed both during and following a transition.

The Committee on Lawyers in Transition establishes programs and resources geared toward providing career and job services, presenting networking and mentoring opportunities, helping to establish and foster partnership and collaboration among attorneys, fostering practical skills and offering needed training. The Committee also collaborates with other committees and the various sections of NYSBA to supplement and enhance the benefits, programs and services offered and to make NYSBA members aware of that which is available to them by virtue of their membership.

About the Committee on Lawyers in Transition

The Committee on Lawyers in Transition was initially formed to address the challenges faced by attorneys who have left the workplace temporarily, for brief or extended periods, on maternity or paternity leave, or because of family or other obligations, and then wish to return to the workforce after such absences. With the great number of lawyers finding themselves in “transition” not by choice as a result of the economic downturn, the committee’s began to also focus on attorneys who had been laid off. Additionally, with the number of attorneys approaching mandatory or voluntary retirement, the committee had been working to address the needs of such attorneys as well. The committee and its programs are also focusing on other types of transition, whether upon entry to, exit from, or those made during the course of an attorney’s career.

If you are currently unemployed, looking to make a career change, leave your current job, transition back to the workforce after time away from the profession or approaching retirement, the Committee on Lawyers in Transition is here to help

History of the Committee

In August 2006, NYSBA president, Mark H. Alcott appointed Lauren J. Wachtler, Esq. to chair a new committee to be called the Special Committee on Women Lawyers in Transition: Returning to the Workforce/Legal Profession. At the first meeting, the name of the committee was changed to the Special Committee on Lawyers in Transition. The committee’s mission was changed to include all transitioning attorneys.

At the November 2008 House of Delegates meeting, the Special Committee on Lawyers in Transition was made a Standing Committee of the New York State Bar Association.

Jessica Thaler, Esq. was appointed Committee Chair on June 1, 2011 and served as Chair of the Committee through June 2014.

Kim Wolf Price, Esq. was appointed Committee Chair on June 1, 2014 and served as Chair of the Committee through June 2017.

Erin K. Flynn, Esq. was appointed Committee Chair on June 1, 2017.

Upcoming Events


Have You Let Your Network Fall Into Disrepair? (Webinar)

In this webinar we will cover networking techniques that will be comfortable for both introverts and extroverts.

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Past Events Highlights


Operating Your Law Firm Securely From Home (Webinar)

his webinar will empower you and your staff to efficiently communicate remotely with clients and the courts.

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Remote Reset: How Shifting Your Mindset Can Enhance WFH (Working From Home) (Webinar)

n this webinar, we will explore how your mindset can influence your experience, ideas for shoring up your resilience and best practices for making WFH…

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Creating A Secure Workplace Transition Between Office And Home (Webinar)

This follow up webinar will be a deeper dive into those technologies and best practices that will secure employee remote working environment. This webinar focuses…

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Successful Networking For Lawyers Who Hate Networking (Webinar)

This seminar will give you 3 steps that are so easy even the most introverted and reluctant attorney can immediately start building a powerful personal…

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Does Video Conferencing Work For You? (Webinar)

This webinar will show you how to make video meetings more positive and successful for you and your colleagues.

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