For the last two and a half years, I have networked like mad, called or emailed everyone I know (or so it seems), consumed gallons of coffee with friends and friends of friends, remained active in bar committees and legal organizations, and answered every ad for a commercial litigator I have seen on job sites whose similar names have blurred together. My legal headhunters told me, ‘The market is tight’–and this was before what now seems like daily reports of layoffs by Big Law and medium-sized firms.

With one son in college, the second about to graduate high school and my daughter in her first year in high school, I now accept what I have long resisted–that I may have to relocate one more time and live apart from my family. Friends and family have also urged me to look outside the law and I have begun that process. I still believe that I have something special to offer law firms and their clients, but it takes more effort these days to maintain that faith.