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January 5, 2012

2012 NYC High School Mock Trial Tournament Seeking Judges

The 2012 NYC High School Mock Trial Tournament is underway! The Justice Resource Center, citywide coordinator of this premier law-related competition, is currently recruiting volunteer judges for the upcoming competition dates in courthouses in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

Please see the application form for judges for complete details. If you are available and interested in serving as a Mock Trial Tournament judge, please complete and submit the form at your earliest convenience. (You can submit the form to either MRippet@schools.nyc.gov or mocktrialjudges@gmail.com .) Also, please refer this invitation to any interested colleagues.

Volunteer judges who are members in good standing of the New York State Bar Association and are also admitted to the New York State Bar for at least two years are eligible for 3 CLE credits for their service. Past volunteers can receive CLE credits once every two years for their service in the Mock Trial Tournament. Please visit the NYSBA membership page if you have questions regarding your membership status with NYSBA. Please also refer to the guidelines for CLE credit for the Mock Trial Tournament.

There will be an orientation session for judges before the beginning of the competition.

January 6, 2012

Resume Formats

Legal resumes, like all legal documents, must conform to rules and standards.

Here are three rules that apply regardless f experience level and practice area.

  • Use only one font on your resume, including your contact information.

  • Do not use smaller than 10-point font size. If you do not have room, revise your document.

  • Be consistent in your formatting throughout your document.

The format of one's resume is the most important aspect of the document. If the document is too cluttered, there are spelling errors, or too much bold, italics or underlining, the document will not be read and all of the candidate's accomplishments will never be conveyed.

The most recognizable resume format is chronological. This resume format can be used for almost any job seeker in almost any situation and is the most well recognized format. Using this version a candidate lists work experience and education by date, with the current and most recent information at the top of each entry. This gives a clear picture of your progression and your career path. If you have gaps in your experience you can still use this version or use a hybrid resume format, which is a combination of the chronological version and the functional or skills-based version.

The functional resume is not well liked in the legal industry. Since a functional resume highlights skills, abilities and contributions and not work experience one assumes you are trying to hide a gap in employment. There are no clear employment experience entries, making it difficult for the reader to figure out what you did where and when. Generating questions, or leaving questions unanswered, on your resume is never a good idea.

The hybrid resume format combines the skills-based approach of the functional resume and keeps the easy to follow and logical layout of the chronological version. A job seeker drafting a hybrid resume will include a short list of relevant skills at the top of the page, directly below their contact information, bringing what they want their potential employer to see, literally front and center. Their "relevant skills" section is followed by their "experience" section, and the remainder of the document appears as a chronological resume would.

Bottom Line: Chose the format that best highlights your legal experience and will most clearly show your future employer that you are the ideal candidate for them.
Jessica Silverstein, Esq.
Attorney's Counsel--
Does Your Resume Rise to the Bar?

January 21, 2012

FranNet Workshop for Committee on Lawyers in Transition

Franchise Ownership A Workshop for Attorneys & Business Professionals in Transition

An Alternative Career Strategy
Please join us for a high-level look at the $2 trillion Franchise Industry.

"In Business for Yourself... Not by Yourself!"
is a workshop developed specifically for Business Professionals in Transition. It takes a high-level look at business ownership and how franchising is providing an important option.

Click Here to Register

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

11 Penn Plaza (7th Ave. betw 31st & 32nd St)
New York, NY 10001 - 5th Floor

(p) 212.737.6766
(e) agoldberg@frannet.com

Limited seating.
Registration closes February 15, 2012
Admission is $$ FREE $$

Starting a new business in 2012

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Why business ownership?

  • Growth trends in franchising.

  • Models that offer stability and success in weak and strong economies.

  • Advantages of buying a franchise vs. a start up or existing business.

  • How to identify franchise models that best fit skill-set, needs and long-term goals.

  • What franchises cost.

  • Financing the purchase.

  • Legal considerations.

  • Costly mistakes to avoid.

About the speaker
Alan Goldberg is a business builder, coach, and dynamic speaker. As a Franchise Business Consultant to FranNet, Alan works with executives in transition from the corporate world, entrepreneurs, and individuals looking to re-boot their careers. Alan advises on the joys of entrepreneurship and helps individuals interested in business ownership navigate the constellation of opportunities to identify a business that matches their skill set, interests, business objectives and financial resources. Alan hosts business ownership workshops and seminars at outplacement centers, women's career groups, university alumni groups, and speaks frequently at Entrepreneur programs at Columbia, Lehman, Baruch and NYU.

About FranNet
FranNet, founded in 1987, is the Nation's oldest and largest network of Franchise Business Consultants. FranNet works with leading outplacement centers, career coaches and individuals on a one-on-one basis. FranNet is also a strategic partner for government agencies SCORE, SBA and SBDC.

No cost guidance & strategic advice to individuals seeking self-employment opportunities and franchise ownership.

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