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Interview With a Laid-Off Lawyer

Yesterday here at Legal Blog Watch, Carolyn Elefant told you about Dan Zoloth Dorfman, the laid-off lawyer featured as part of the new Wall Street Journal blog series, Laid Off and Looking. And Monday's National Law Journal will have this story about laid-off lawyers who sidestepped looking for new jobs and instead made the leap into solo practice. This week, Lawyer2Lawyer, the podcast that J. Craig Williams and I co-host, has its own story of a laid-off lawyer -- one still looking and selling furniture to make ends meet.

In this week's program, "Life After Lawyering," we interview Massachusetts lawyer Paul J. Semenza. A former insurance defense lawyer with more than 25 years experience practicing law, Semenza was laid off in December 2007. Unable to find legal work ever since, he now supports himself as a salesman in a furniture store. It is a job, he says, where his training as a trial lawyer serves him well. But he would still prefer to return to the profession he loves.

Also joining us as a guest on the podcast is William D. Henderson, associate professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Henderson, who studies law firms as business organizations, has been featured in a number of recent news articles about the impact of the recession on the legal profession, including pieces in The National Law Journal, Crain's Chicago Business and The New York Times.

The podcast can be downloaded or streamed from the Legal Talk Network. And if you think you might have an opening for Paul Semenza, you can check out his résumé here.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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