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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08/31/09
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New Jersey State Bar Association Reaches Out To Lawyers in Tough Economy

NEW BRUNSWICK – The legal community has suffered during the economic recession and the New Jersey State Bar Association is looking to help out-of-work attorneys.

Lawyers who have been laid off, furloughed, or just looking something new can get advice and tips on making the transition to running their own office at a free Sept. 10 event at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

“These are grim times,” said Association President Allen A. Etish. “It can be an intimidating and frightening experience to suddenly be out of a job and looking at a new way of doing business. We want to help in any way we can.”

At “Suddenly Solo” 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. Earlier this month, the American Bar Association created the Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs.

The issue has been a focal point for New Jersey’s Etish from the start of his term as president this spring.

“We must confront this challenge with the confidence in the singular role of lawyers in our society. In times of conflict and strife, lawyers are sought out. Every day, we give our clients advice, guidance and insight about how to resolve disputes and survive difficult times. We owe a duty to ourselves to persist, persevere and prosper,” he said when he was sworn-in.

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