April 19, 2017 – Erica Lopez chose to leave a Wall Street law firm to help low-income individuals receive access to legal services. "I didn't care about that work as much as I care about the work that I do now." She recommends attorneys remember why they became lawyers in the first place and do more to give back to their communities.
From using technologies in a new way to embracing the changing model of how to practice law, young lawyers are in the best position to drive where the future of the legal system is headed, says Chad Burton, a keynote speaker at the recent 2017 Young Lawyers Conference and Young Lawyers Leadership Summit.
Attorney Nilesh Patel’s career path is a clear example of how involvement with the State Bar – on committees, divisions, and the Board of Governors – provides the expanded experience and opportunities that make a positive impact on your career.
With fewer cases going to trial, it's harder than ever to get real trial experience. But by volunteering to accept pro bono appointments for prisoner cases, lawyers can get the experience they seek while doing good for society at large, says Judge William Griesbach.
Paul Swanson, chair of the State Bar’s Nominating Committee, recalls his early years as a young lawyer. “I was asked to attend a board meeting of the Young Lawyers Division. I became hooked immediately as a volunteer leader, and the rest, as they say, i s history.” He invites you to take that next step to advancing your professional – and personal – life.