Midyear Meeting Preview: ABA Young Lawyers to Offer Career Pointers and Résumé Advice
Thursday, Feb. 7, 5 p.m.
To help new lawyers or other legal professionals looking for work, the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division will debut its CareerLine LIVE! event at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting in Dallas. The program invites participants to ask their questions about résumés, job applications, networking and more via phone or social media from 5 to 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 7.
“One of the greatest needs our young members have is for targeted career advice,” said Chris Rogers, chair of YLD. “We hope CareerLine LIVE! and future YLD events can give those new lawyers a way to feel connected and to get targeted, career-focused advice at a time when they truly need it.”
Although lawyers will take one-on-one calls, CareerLine LIVE! seeks to reach a much broader audience by tapping into young professionals’ online networks, like Facebook and Twitter.
The Twitter hashtag for the event will be #ABACareerLine.
As YLD membership director, Rachel Kopp recognizes that many of the legal profession’s newest members are facing unprecedented challenges in the job market. She said that YLD wanted to provide a “fresh twist” to the traditional résumé review. Participants that sought résumé advice were asked to email a Microsoft Word or PDF version of their résumé to the division after registering. Advisers will review them and be ready to offer specific counsel on how to best approach the job search. Rogers said participants have already submitted 400 résumés.
“We hope that this unique initiative will allow our members to take advantage of the YLD’s many benefits and tap into its experienced leaders as a significant professional resource, even as they are just beginning their careers,” Kopp said.
Rogers said the YLD wants to engage the newest members and open the lines of communication. Additionally, CareerLine LIVE! can “raise awareness among more senior ABA members about the need for experienced lawyers to welcome the newer members of our profession with — at the very least — an open door to offer career advice and suggestions for how to get started in our profession in this challenging environment.”
The event is free to all ABA members. The ABA Young Lawyers Division is the largest young lawyer organization in the world with 130,000 members and 300 affiliated groups. Individual membership is open to ABA members under 36 years old or admitted to practice for five years or less.