Changing careers? Learn how these lawyers did it

An ongoing initiative of State Bar President Terry Tottenham is Practice Tips in Good Times and Bad, a series of career development webcasts premiering the last Thursday of each month on TexasBarCLE.com. Each webcast is free of charge to registered users of the site. (Site registration is also free.)

The first such webcast of 2011, Considering Your Alternatives: 3 Lawyers' Paths to Alternative Careers, will be January 27 from 12:30 to 1:30pm CST. (It is not MCLE-accredited.) Three Central Texas attorneys, Jenna Beller Donatiello of Austin, and Chris W. Kirby and Brent Golemon, both of Bastrop, will give a lively and informative look at how three very different people took vastly different journeys on the way from law school to their current careers. You won't find a "how-to" checklist here, but if you're considering a change, this is a conversation you don't want to miss. Click here to register.

To learn of upcoming Practice Tips programs, visit TexasBarCLE.com each month and click the Webcasts tab.

Improve your practice with free career development webcasts

An ongoing initiative of State Bar President Terry Tottenham is Practice Tips in Good Times and Bad, a series of career development webcasts premiering the last Thursday of each month on TexasBarCLE.com. Each webcast is free of charge to registered users of the site. (Site registration is also free.)

The last such webcast of 2010, Strategies to Weather a Challenging Economy, will be December 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 CST. (It is not MCLE-accredited.) Two experts from Houston, Lawyer-Coach Debra Bruce and Greenberg Traurig Business Director John Meredith, will give their perspectives on diversifying your client base, retooling your practice, providing services at a reasonable rate, cutting costs, and much more. Click here to register.

To learn of upcoming Practice Tips webcasts, visit TexasBarCLE.com each month and click on the Webcasts tab.

Networking webcast serves a critical need

To provide guidance and advice to attorneys in this challenging economic environment, State Bar President Terry Tottenham initiated a series of career development webcasts collectively called Practice Tips in Good Times and Bad. A new webcast premieres the last Thursday of each month on TexasBarCLE.com, free of charge to registered users of the site. (Site registration is also free.)

This month's webcast, Effective and Enjoyable Networking….Really, will confront a reality that most lawyers know all too well:  networking is critical to business success, yet for many, it is unsavory at best and torture at worst — but it need not be so. The program will explore enjoyable, practical tools and strategies that play off the strengths of the user. Discover what will work best for you. Join your colleagues online to hone your knowledge and skill in this essential area. The webcast is October 28 from 12:30 to 1:30pm CT. (It is not MCLE-accredited.) 

To learn of upcoming Practice Tips programs, visit TexasBarCLE.com each month and click the Webcasts tab.

TexasBarCLE Webcast Offers Veterans Benefits Law Training

As part of the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans initiative, TexasBarCLE is offering a live webcast on the Basics of Veterans Benefits Law. The webcast, scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, is designed to give attorneys who have an interest in representing veteran claimants seeking U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits a primer in this growing area of practice. Attorneys who want to represent a veteran on a VA benefits claim must be accredited by the VA.

For attorneys who are already approved by the VA to represent veteran claimants, this webcast also provides the three hours of CLE necessary to maintain their accreditation. The course will focus on VA disability benefits, the rules regarding attorney representation of a veteran with benefits claims, basic eligibility for VA benefits, claims procedures, etc.

Attorneys who agree to take one VA benefits case pro bono within one year can take the course at no charge. Visit TexasBarCLE.com to learn more or to register.

Free Advice from Fellow Lawyers

One of State Bar President-Elect Terry Tottenham's initiatives is to provide guidance and advice to attorneys in this challenging economic environment. To that end, he is behind the development of a series of career development webcasts to be known collectively as Practice Tips in Good Times and Bad. A new one will premiere the last Thursday of each month on TexasBarCLE.com. Each webcast will be free of charge to registered users of the site. (Site registration is also free.)

The first webcast, Jumpstart Your Law Practice with Social Media, will be May 27 from 12:30 to 1:30pm CDT. (It is not MCLE-accredited.) Click here to register.

To learn of upcoming Practice Tips programs, visit TexasBarCLE.com each month and click the Webcasts tab.