By Larrisa James • March 29, 2015•Issues, Mentoring and Networking
Networking is still the number one way to find a job, according to a Right Management survey, where 41 percent of the people earned jobs through networking, as opposed to other options, like internet job boards, job agencies, and online networks. Although lawyers aren't always looking for a new job, the fact that physical, face-to-face networking is still so crucial shows the distinct need for networking events when searching for new clients, business partners, and even coworkers.
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Luckily, the world is filled with popular networking events for lawyers, so keep reading to learn about events that you can place on your calendar. Some of the events may require some travel, but the overall idea is to have a list of networking events throughout the U.S., and even abroad.
Association for Women Lawyers Wine Tasting and Leadership Networking Reception
From talking about experiences at environmental law schools, sipping fine wines, and munching on hors d’oeuvres, the AWL Women Wine Tasting and Leadership Reception is a relaxing and decadent occasion in the heart of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Guests and AWL members are all invited, and this event is held every year to give female lawyers a chance to mingle with current and future State Bar leaders.
National Summit of Black Women Lawyers
Whether it's Boston or Chicago, the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers runs as a travelling event, making it a little easier to plan a trip based on your location. The event offers a collection of featured speakers who talk about topics such as refining your call to action, entertainment law, overcoming implicit bias, and building a multi-million dollar business.
Schiff Hardin Women's Networking Group
Based out of Chicago, for the Midwest lawyers out there, the Schiff Hardin Women's Networking Group (WNG) provides a wide selection of networking events throughout the year, including a golf outing, cocktail parties, a MoMA event, and the Women Everywhere Agency Day. The WNG also runs an in-house mentoring program with informal luncheons and discussions on how to invest in yourself and work with non-profits.
ASIL Women in Law Mentoring Program
The American Society of International Law offers a remarkable mentorship program for women in 17 cities around the world. Even though this isn't designated as a single networking event, the program connects women law professionals with law students and other new attorneys to speak in more personal settings. Meetings occur every other month and they happen locally, so you don't have to travel.
The West Coast Legal Executive Forum
The West Coast Legal Executive Forum, although not created just for women, serves as a valuable opportunity for law firm executives to learn about critical business issues and to meet with other partners, directors, and more.
Have you marked any of these networking events on your calendar yet? Yes, it's sometimes tricky in terms of scheduling, finances, or even overall desire to chat with strangers, but the stats don't lie. Even just one or two law networking events each year may give you the spark you need for your career.