The Movement from Theory to Practice: What To Do When ‘Being a Lawyer’ Gets Real

When you graduate from law school, and your days of book learning are officially over, you're presented with a significant shock to the system. All of a sudden, the fact of your being a 'real lawyer' is officially established. It's natural to have lots of questions, to worry about a number of things and to get stressed out. Oftentimes, it's difficult to find more experienced attorneys to talk to, especially in the prevailing economy, when everybody's working over capacity. And, even if you have mentors, there may be gaps that need filling, since your questions may cover a broad range of concerns.

If you're starting out as an attorney, and need answers to your burning questions, our panels can help you along the way.

Moderator:

Jared D. Correia, Esq.
Law Office Management Assistance Program

"Common Concerns for New Practitioners"

-How do I file a motion? How do I deal with opposing counsel? How should I approach my boss with questions and concerns? How do I serve process? How do I cross-examine a witness?

Our expert panel covering substantive matters will present answers to common questions new attorneys face, and will take your questions, as well.

Faculty:

Tasha L. Buzzell, Esq.
Law Offices of Tasha Buzzell

Katherine L. Kenney, Esq.
Peabody & Arnold LLP

Marc G. Perlin, Esq.
Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

Kenneth A. Reich, Esq.
KennethReichLaw

Presentation Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

"Ethics Concerns for New Practitioners"

-How do you manage client confidentiality in your new office setting? How do you market yourself without holding out as a specialist? How do you manage trust accounts and reconciliation?

Our expert panelist covering ethics matters will present answers to common questions new attorneys have, and will take your questions, as well.

Faculty:

Stacey A.L. Best, Esq.
Office of the Bar Counsel

Presentation Time: 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

"Dealing with the Stress of Being a New Attorney”

-All these questions can cause you to stress out over not knowing the answers. The question is how to manage until you get to a place where you know more, while also realizing that you'll never know it all, and that part and parcel of the attorney lifestyle is having stress. The key is managing that stress.

Our expert panelist covering stress-related issues will present methods for dealing with the stressors that will inevitably affect your practice life, and your real life.

Faculty:

Barbara J. Bowe, LICSW
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc.

Presentation Time: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Disclaimer: The provision of mentoring services does not contitute and shall not be considered the practice of law. The provision of such services does not establish an attorney-client relationship with the recipient of such services. Mr. Reich has a separate website for his legal practice, which can be found at www.kennethreichlaw.com.