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January 4, 2011

Successful Transitions by Denise Menton

In my last post, I talked about inertia. I have it; my friend Jackie does not. I wanted to talk to Jackie about her transition back into law, because I view her as a complete success story. She did everything that everyone I've spoken to, listened to, or read about suggests a lawyer in transition do in order to get back into the work force. But she didn't need to speak to, or read about, anyone: she did it on her own, instinctively. And it worked.

Jackie began her career as an associate at a large New York City corporate law firm. She left after a few years to work in smaller and more personally satisfying work environments. She then transitioned to a temporary job as she prepared to have her first child. Every job she got, after her first one, was a result of networking through colleagues, friends, and family. She also took some chances, and she had some good luck.

After she had children, Jackie left the work force to concentrate on raising her kids. She volunteered in her children's public school. She followed her passion: ensuring that her children and other children had the best educational opportunities possible. In the process, she also learned skills that would prove invaluable to her later on.

After years of being active in non-paying roles, she once again transitioned back into paying work. She did this by using the connections and skills she had honed though her volunteer work. She is currently working part-time as an Administrative Law Judge for the City of New York.

I find Jackie's seamless transition from working lawyer, to stay-at-home mother of four, back to working lawyer, very inspiring. Please read my interview with Jackie in the Lawyers In Transition Profile of the Month section, http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Profile_of_the_Month. As we go into a new year, I hope everyone who reads it will feel inspired as well.

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