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IBA: Taking the Next Steps on Your Career Path

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If you’re one of the many lawyers looking for a job or new direction, there are many resources available that can help you take the next steps along your career path.

One of the best things about a law degree is its versatility, and as you transition — or consider transitioning — to a new career — it’s important to remember the exceptional number of choices open to you.

You may want to explore going solo or you may want to set up a related business such as legal writing or research. You may want to do a lot of networking or you may want to use the Internet to find contract work while you determine what you want to do next.

For many lawyers, going solo is an option. There are many seminars and workshops offered on the subject. There is also a Sole/Small Firm Practice Section within the Indianapolis Bar to provide assistance for those considering these practice environments.

Indianapolis Bar Sole/Small Firm Practice Section Chair Kenan Farrell participated in a panel at last week’s Bench Bar addressing the need for a clear business plan when embarking on any career path, but most particularly a solo practice.

Jeff Meunier of the Indianapolis Bar’s Senior Counsel Division will be the featured speaker at an upcoming seminar, “So You Want to Hang Your Shingle”. Based upon a similar program offered last year, this CLE program will feature tips of interest to young lawyers seeking to launch their own practice independent of an established law firm. Registration is now open online at www.indybar.org.•

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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