For Immediate Release:  Jun 15, 2009
2009, 06, 15

Hofstra Law and the Nassau County Bar Association present “Weathering the Tough Economic Climate: The Sky is NOT Falling”

Hofstra Law and the Nassau County Bar Association present “Weathering the Tough Economic Climate: The Sky is NOT Falling”

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Hofstra Law
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law and the Nassau County Bar Association are proud to host “Weathering the Tough Economic Climate:  The Sky is NOT Falling,” an educational series helping attorneys in transition.  The events are free and open to Hofstra Law alumni and Nassau Bar Association members.  

The series includes four unique programs and an opportunity to receive career counseling.  The programs are on Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2009 at 5:15 p.m. and will all take place at the Nassau County Bar Association headquarters, located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola, New York.  Six free CLE credits are available.  

“These difficult economic times have heavily impacted the legal job market,” said Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner.  “I am honored to be working with the Nassau County Bar Association on such a timely, innovative and much-needed program.”

“We joined Hofstra Law to design a program that we feel will make a real difference for those struggling in the economy today,” said President of the Nassau County Bar Association Emily F. Franchina.  “I believe this program will be beneficial to all of its participants and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” said Kieth Rieger, Nassau Academy of Law Dean.

“Job Searching in a Tough Economy” on July 8, 2009 at 5:15 p.m. will cover topics that include how – and where – to begin the job search; building a successful resume and cover letter; interview skills; online presence; and what to do while out of a job.  The presenters are Michael J. Ende, Hofstra Law Assistant Dean for Career Services, and Nancy Wadler, one of the foremost legal recruiters in the New York metro area.

“Making Yourself Stand Out in a Stagnant Economy,” on July 15, 2009 at 5:15 p.m. will offer instructions for building organic relationships, becoming involved in the community and generating opportunities to stand out.  They will also identify proven techniques for establishing a strong reputation, engaging in dynamic networking and honing their potential for business/career development.  The presenter is Ari Kaplan, the author of “The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development” (Thomson-West, 2008).

Prior to the program on July 22, Hofstra Law’s career counselors will be available for one-on-one counseling and cover letter and resume review.  Sessions are by appointment from 2 to 5 p.m. and are available in 30 minute increments.  Series attendees interested in an appointment should e-mail lawevents@hofstra.edu.  

“Effective Legal Research and Writing for the 21st Century Lawyer:  Making the Most of New Technology” on July 22 at 5:15 p.m. is a concise refresher course on the most up-to-date information on legal research and writing techniques.  The presenters are Lisa Spar, Hofstra Law Assistant Director for Reference and Instructional Services, David Dames, Hofstra Law Reference Librarian, and Kieth Rieger.

“Going Solo in a New Economy” on July 29 at 5:15 p.m., presented by Susan Cartier Liebel, is a session for those that are looking to practice law on their own terms or wanting to start their own law practice, but are not sure how -- or whether -- to do so.  Susan Cartier Liebel is a national coach/consultant, a champion of the solo practice option and the creator of Solo Practice University.  

On the same evening, immediately following “Going Solo,” the series will close with “Alternative Careers for Lawyers.”  This program will discuss professionals who successfully made the transition away from the practice of law and explore those career options.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Joanne Masci at lawevents@hofstra.edu or (516) 463-4547.  Please indicate which session(s) you plan to attend.

Hofstra Law Assistant Dean for Career Services Michael J. Ende michael.ende@hofstra.edu and Nassau County Bar Association Director of Marketing and Public Relations Valerie Zurblis vzurblis@nassaubar.org are available for media interviews. 

Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. The Bar demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure and senior citizen clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. For more information, call (516) 747-4070, email info@nassaubar.org, or visit www.nassaubar.org.

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