ABA offers help to lawyers

April 8, 2009
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Lawyers, are you down on your luck, looking for somewhere to turn in this tough economy? Look no further than the American Bar Association, which has launched a new online resource for attorneys struggling to cope with the recession.

Its new Economic Recovery Resources Web Portal  has job search information, personal development and career transition info, law practice management tips, and even ideas on how to handle stress.

The overall concept of the resources is great for several reasons. First, it shows the ABA isn’t turning a blind eye to what’s happening out there in the legal community and knows it needs to help its members. Second, whether you haven’t found your first legal job or you’ve been practicing for 30 years, the site offers information for everyone. Third, it’s not just for those who’ve been laid off but also offers help to those worried about losing their current job or wanting to know how to keep their practice growing.

But there was something a little alarming in the press release touting this new resource. The release said each section offers an array of resources including, “Practical advice from ABA publications, such as ABA Journal articles on what to do if you’ve been laid off and how to make over your résumé if your years of experience make you appear old, on paper…”

If I was an older attorney reading that, it would make me nervous that because I’ve got years of work experience, I’m worse off than my younger counterparts fresh out of law school or with just a couple years of experience. I’ve read how some older workers can have a more difficult time finding a job than younger people because they are older and may command higher salaries, but doesn’t it seem a little ageist to say that you need to “young up” your résumé to get a job?
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