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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/18/10
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New Jersey State Bar Association Reaches Out To Lawyers in a Tough Economy

NEW BRUNSWICK – The legal community has suffered during the economic recession and the state’s largest lawyers group is reaching out help attorneys looking to make a fresh start.

Attorneys who have been laid off, furloughed, or just looking for something new can get advice and tips on making the transition to running their own office at a free Feb. 20 event. The event will be 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Holiday Inn in Tinton Falls. The New Jersey State Bar Association and Monmouth County Bar Association are sponsoring the event. Reporters and photographers are welcome.

“These are challenging times,” said Association President Allen A. Etish. “Too many attorneys -- including those who are new to the profession, as well as veterans in the field -- are struggling to support themselves right now. While there have been some glimmers of hope on the employment front, it is still critical for us to reach out in any way we can and help people get through this.”

At “Suddenly Successful” expert panelists will offer advice and answer questions about how attorneys can regain their footing and client roster. They will also share their experiences and advice about how to survive a transition, from getting insurance to navigating the ethics minefield to managing the stress of making a career change.

The event is the latest in a growing number of similar events around the country

From the Florida Bar to the New York City Bar Association, legal groups have organized to help colleagues get through these difficult times. This summer, the American Bar Association created the Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs.

"Once an attorney decides to start a practice there are questions about everything from where to buy paper, and what bank to use to how to bill clients. The best source for answers is other lawyers. Programs such as this provide answers, reassurance, and resources for the future,” said John DeBartolo, a Red Bank lawyer who is the moderator for the panel.

To attend the event call 732-249-5000 or visit www.njsba.com.

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