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Hindi Greenberg, J.D., is the president of Lawyers in Transition. She consults with individual lawyers nationwide on career satisfaction and options in and out of law, and with law firms on outplacing their attorneys.
How do you change your current legal employment for a new law job or one outside the practice of law, without burning bridges or committing ethical violations? The following are some things to consider in order to transition more smoothly, whether you work for or are a partner in a law firm or work in most other legal employment situations.
For more exact requirements, check with your state’s bar association or Rules of Professional Conduct and/or the ABA guidelines to ascertain your responsibilities—this blog does not constitute legal advice nor address your specific situation.
Although the foregoing does not cover all issues and considerations when leaving a job, if you follow the above points, you should be able to remain on good terms with your former employer. And that is a good thing, since you never know when you may need to work with your former employer again in some capacity, ask for a reference or have some contact in an unrelated business situation. Even in the biggest cities, legal communities are like small towns—everyone knows who is doing what and to whom. So make sure what you do to your former employer is perceived by other lawyers and potential employers as both ethical and positive.
© 2012 by Hindi Greenberg, J.D./Lawyers in Transition. No reproduction in any format, other than on www.vault.com, without express written permission. Hindi Greenberg may be reached at (530) 274-7955 or www.lawyersintransition.com.
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