I recently discovered the vast amount of networking resources provided by the American Bar Association. If you’re one of those that is already on top of this resource and rolling your eyes at my naive late discovery then I apologize. If you haven’t waded through their website then here are a few morsels of info I’ve discovered.
Note: A friend of mine recently discovered that if you haven’t already joined the ABA as a student then you have to wait to join as an attorney after you have taken your oath.
First, there is a section for pretty much every area of the law possible. Seriously. And when you join a section (most of free but some add a little cost to your membership) like the business or environmental law you can then join a “committee” within the section (an example would be the Young Lawyers Committee of the Business Law Section). This is a great chart of sections that have opportunities for young lawyers. Now, once you’re on a committee be sure to subscribe to the listserv so you get reminder emails with information about the monthly conference calls. Not sure which area of the law you are interested in? Then just join the Young Lawyers Section to get involved.
And why would I use my precious time volunteering? Buried in these committees I’ve found opportunities to do research for senior lawyers who are preparing webinars (online lectures), write articles, and mentoring programs. All good goldmines for getting your name out there. So, go check it out!