Archive for May, 2007

Lawyers Achieving Peak Performance with Coaching: ABA Case Studies

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

This week’s published three coaching case studies in which lawyers used coaches to give them “a shot of motivation, an outside opinion, a trained perspective” with the goal of achieving peak performance.  Looks like the process worked well for all three lawyer participants.

Network with International Development Professionals in Washington on June 13

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Want to meet over 1500 professionals, including lawyers, who work in the international development area? If so, attend the Development Executive Group’s upcoming happy hour on June 13 from 5-8 at the Eighteenth Street Lounge (2121 18th Street) in Washington, D.C.  According to the hosts, this annual event attracts a wide variety of professionals from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, MCC, the NGO community, consulting firms, universities and research institutes.

Doing some consulting through organizations like Development Ex is a great way to break into the international field.

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Zigzag to Get Your International Dream Job, Even if it Means Grueling Work

Friday, May 25th, 2007

“How can I get my international law dream job?” Lawyers often ask me this question.  The truth is, if you were not at the top of your class from a top tier school, your path may be bumpy. Your path may have twists and turns without a dream job clearly in sight.

However, as I am explaining in my upcoming chapter for the new edition of Careers in International Law, if you persevere, network relentlessly, exercise excellent people skills, perform great work, develop expertise, brand yourself effectively, and willingly “zigzag” throughout your career, you will eventually succeed.  You may not end up with the job that you originally envisioned, but from my observation, really determined lawyers who aspire to international careers eventually get one.  (In fact, nowadays it’s even easier to do so as the number of international law jobs increases.  Thanks, Globalization!)

How do these lawyers do it?  As mentioned, they position themselves for success.  And, they are willing to take a job just to move another rung up the ladder.  Perhaps they take a particular job to acquire a needed skill or break into an industry. Or, perhaps they take an otherwise unpalatable job for the resume boost that it offers, knowing that they will eventually zig-zag up to a better position.

This came to mind when I read yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Law Blog post interviewing Cameron Stracher, author of Dinner with Dad. The media lawyer and New York Law School professor dished about a variety of topics.  When asked whether he advises his law students to take positions at grueling firms like Sullivan & Cromwell, the author stated, “And honestly most of the time I tell them that they should because I know that as unhappy as I know they’re going to be, they need that on their resume to go somewhere where they might be happier.”

Bingo. As you zig-zag up the international law career ladder, you might need to accept–albeit temporarily–a job at a prestigious sweat shop because working there will give you instant credibility down the line. Keep your eye on the prize.

European Young Bar Association Annual General Meeting in Roma Promises La Dolce Vita

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

The European Young Bar Association is holding its annual general meeting tomorrow in Rome.  Even better, the the website invitesall young lawyers to join us, to learn, and to see something of la dolce vita” in Rome, “a vibrant commercial city whose future is as progressive as its past is impressive…” What fun!  The conference lasts till May 27, so it’s still not too late for you young globe trotting international lawyers to make it there. 


Creative Career Strategies for International Lawyers–Input Welcome on Upcoming Book Chapter

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

The International Law Section of the American Bar Association has invited me to write a chapter for their next edition of Careers in International Law.  My chapter will share advice on creative career strategies for international lawyers–both experienced and aspiring.  If you have thoughts to share, please email me:  My chapter is due in early June, so email those suggestions asap please!