OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) has announced its first "The Basics Conference" for new attorneys in California. Scheduled for September 13-14 in Santa Monica, the conference provides networking opportunities and concrete, practical guidance for attorneys in their first few years of practice.
"We developed The Basics Conference in response to what we hear from new attorneys. Law school may have taught them how to argue a case, but it didn't teach them how to handle a client interview or start a legal practice. Worse yet, the few small- and mid-size firms that are hiring often don't have the time or money to train, so new lawyers are left wondering where to begin when a case hits their desks," says Heather Satin, CEB Director of Programs and an attorney.
The conference offers programs in basic lawyering skills – such as marketing and negotiation – and has tracks for family law, estate planning, or both. The Basics Conference is part of a larger-scale effort at CEB to provide resources to new attorneys, including free access to OnLAW® (CEB's books online) and How-To Guides.
"Those first few years as a lawyer were mortifying," says Satin "…because even with the best mentors, you can't bother them with every little detail, and you certainly can't call them at 1 a.m. when you realize you're stuck. CEB and The Basics Conference help lawyers answer questions before they ever have to turn to a mentor or risk making a mistake."
For more information about The Basics Conference and discounts available to new attorneys, go to www.ceb.com.
CEB is a non-profit organization of the University of California that is cosponsored by the State Bar of California. Founded in 1947 with the mandate to cultivate the professional development of California lawyers, CEB was the first organization to offer formal Continuing Legal Education in the state. CEB's offerings have grown to include a wide array of award-winning practice books, guides, and CLE programs.
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