Pillars Program

Helping Our Members Reestablish the Pillars of their Career

In response to the needs of our members and legal community, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association launched this program in February 2013. The Pillars Program provides support for unemployed/under-employed legal professionals through a series of programs that serve as a catalyst to invigorate your current position. Whether you are a unemployed, in a career transition, or just beginning the job search process, the structure and support provided by the Pillars Program will be invaluable.

The sessions are led by knowledgeable experts offering practical advice, tips, and resources for use in your search for employment. Plus, these sessions will give you the opportunity to connect and share with people that are in a similar situation.

The intention of the program is to not only breathe new life into your job hunt, but into you as well. Searching for a job in this economy can be difficult and discouraging at times. Rebuild the way you search for employment with the comprehensive guidance provided by the Pillar Program.

2017-18 Pillars Programs

The Pillars programs are held from 12 – 1 p.m. at the CMBA Conference Center, 1375 E. 9th Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, OH 44114. All programs will be a brown bag format with beverages provided.

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October 18, 2017

Dealing with the Realities of Un/Underemployment & Career Transition

Perhaps you are in the early stages of job hunting or you're between jobs.  Maybe you ventured out on your own or in a new direction? Join us for this program to help answer your questions about what do you do in the transition period, what insurance coverage is right/available and how to staying fresh on legal skills and more.

Topics include:

  • Volunteer opportunities - presented by Jaclyn Vary, Calfee and Jessica Paine, director of community programs at the CMBA
    • Are they worth it? What if it takes away time from the job hunt?
    • What if you take on a pro bono opportunity then a job comes up?
    • What do potential employers think when they see non-legal work on a resume?
  • Benefits of and leveraging a bar association - presented by Thomas Haren, Frantz Ward LLP
    • Not just for networking, provide other volunteer/social opportunities and resources
    • Get a mentor - informally through the CMBA and some sections or through the Supreme Court’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring program
  • Insurance Needs
    • What are my insurance options? - presented by Kevin Young, Tucker Ellis LLP
    • COBRA and other options - presented by Stan Sieniawski, Insure One Benefits, Oswald Individual Health Coverage Partner in Ohio
       

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2017-10-18 12:00:00 2017-10-18 13:00:00 America/Detroit Pillars Program Dealing with the Realities of Un/Underemployment & Career Transition Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 E. 9th Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, OH 44114 CMBA cle@clemetrobar.org

For more information or to register, contact Madeline Poll at 216-539-3702 or email membership@clemetrobar.org

Pillars is planned and designed for our members. If you are interested in attending, please join or renew today.

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Previous Sessions

The 2016-2017 Pillars Program offered a series of programs to meet the needs of our members. For example:  Dealing with the Realities of Un/Underemployment and Career Transition (Should I stay or should I go?), Resume Basics and Formats, and Interview Techniques for Speaking with Confidence to the “Big Dogs”.

Other topics were Effective Job Hunting (Career assessments, Best methods of job hunting and navigating the current economy) and “Putting your best foot forward” (proper introductions, professional correspondences, effective networking).

Session 1 (October 12, 2016):  Dealing with the Realities of Un/Underemployment & Career Transition

Special thanks to our presenters: Mary Groth, CMBA Director of Member & Donor Engagement; Mary Beth C. McConville, Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; and Scott McEvoy, Oswald Companies

TOPICS:

Volunteer opportunities

  • Are they worth it? What if it takes away time from the job hunt?
  • What if you take on a pro bono opportunity then a job comes up?
  • What do potential employers think when they see non-legal work on a resume?

Benefits of and leveraging a bar associations

  • Not just for networking, provide other volunteer/social opportunities and resources
  • Get a mentor – informally through the CMBA and some sections or through the Supreme Court’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring program

Insurance Needs

  • What are my insurance options?
  • COBRA and other options

 

Session 2 (December 15, 2016):  Resume Basics & Formats
Special thanks to our presenters Sarah D. Beznoska, Assistant Director of Career Planning, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Michael T. McCarthy, Director of Student Services, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Topics:

  • How can you make your resume standout? 
  • Should and should not rules and formats
  • Handling difficult topics like gaps in resume 

Session 3 (February 9, 2017):  Carpe Diem. Seize Your Opportunity
Interactive presentation on how to determine, search for, and land the perfect employment opportunity for you. Special thanks to Nick Froning, Koblentz & Penvose, LLC, Attorneys At Law, and Jessica Mathewson, Legal Recruiting Coordinator, McDonald Hopkins LLC for their insights to:

  • Establishing the Perfect Opportunity
  • Looking for the Perfect Opportunity
  • Landing the Perfect Opportunity
Session 4 (April 13, 2017): The Art and Science of Networking

New to town? Looking for your first lawyer gig or maybe your next? Trying to grow your practice? Or are you simply working to establish your brand as one of the best of the best? This free, one-hour program on “The Art and Science of Networking” was presented by CMBA President-Elect Darrell Clay, partner at Walter|Haverfield and Becky Ruppert McMahon, executive director of the CMBA.

Session 5 (June 20, 2017): Interview Techniques for Speaking with Confidence to the “Big Dogs.”
You've mastered the resume, nailed the cover letter, and now you have just the interview to ace.  Are you ready? This free, one-hour session was led by Ed Blakemore, assistant general counsel for Rockwell Automation.