If you have been merged, purged, fired, laid-off, delayed, sabbaticaled, held off, rescinded, pink slipped, downsized, rightsized or just plain broadsided and lost your job, you may want to hear about a generous offer from the folks at Law Technology News, Legal Tech and the Paralegal Technology Institute at LegalTech West.
Monica Bay, Editor-in-Chief at LTN sent us this e-mail this morning:
GREEN YOUR CAREER: A NETWORKING BREAKFAST
Fired? This erratic economy has been tough on everybody, but none more so than the members of our legal technology community who have lost their jobs. It's difficult, scary, and challenging for even the most self-confident professionals.
Our Incisive gang wants to help — so we decided to team up at LegalTech West Coast and offer a simple, heartfelt gesture: On day 2 (Thursday June 25) we will host a very informal, free "Green Your Career" networking breakfast, from 8-9 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
It will be co-hosted by Law Technology News and law.jobs, with the support of the LegalTech crew, and has a simple format: We're inviting jobseekers — as well as vendors and law firm leaders (even if you do not currently have an available opening).
For the first half-hour, we'll just schmooze together, and enjoy coffee, tea, danish, etc. A chance to "work the room." Then we'll gather at round tables, where at each table a leader of our community will talk about how he or she survived/thrived thru a career transition. Among the scheduled speakers are:
* John Tredennick, who was a litigator partner at Holland & Hart when he spun off Catalyst Respository Systems.
• Tom Collins, former owner of Juris Inc., who survived cancer and now is a murder mystery novelist!
• J. Craig Williams, who shuttered his small firm and joined Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold.
• Mary Mack, renowned counsel at Fios Inc.
We'll have news of more speakers shortly.
The event is FREE — and all attendees will be invited to stick around and visit our exhibit hall and the Day 2 Keynote Address (immediately following the breakfast) on us.
Jobseekers will be encouraged to post their resumes on lawjobs.com, and all firms/vendors who attend will get free access to lawjobs.com (for a limited period, of course).
Our concept is simple: let's provide an hour of inspiration, nurturing, contacts, and networking.
Please come, whether you need a job, or just want to offer encouragement. And if you are coming to show support, please bring along a gift card (you can pick them up at most supermarkets or drug stores), so we can give a day brightener "party favor" to each jobseeker.
It can be just a few dollars (or more if you can tithe a bit more generously) — to a national "chain" such as Starbucks, Target, Macy's, Chevron, Von's, movies, SuperCuts — you get the picture. Something practical and upbeat that will lift the spirits of the job seekers!
(If you can't attend and want to send a gift card, you can send them to us c/o Law Technology News, 120 Broadway, 5th floor, NYC 10271.)
Sooooo… please help spread the word! Twitter this! Blog this! Reprint this post freely! Let's get viral!
Jobseekers, come for warmth, support and new contacts! Firms/vendors: If you do have a spot open, what a better place to find great talent. And even if you don't, you might tomorrow — so bring lots of business cards.
And as an added incentive for technology vendors: We will raffle off a wonderful lunch or dinner with moi (you can even use the word "solution" and I won't cringe) where you can tell me about your company's plans, products and services and get a great meal on LTN!
As we used to say: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE! Visit www.legaltechshow for details, or e-mail LTN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(The Paralegal Technology Institute at Legal Tech West is co-sponsored by KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals – www.knowparalegal.com)