New Attorney Orientation 



New Attorney Orientation

The Grand Rapids Bar Association is hosting its annual New Attorney Orientation in February and March of 2012. The program is designed to give attorneys in practice for a year or less, and attorneys new to the Grand Rapids area, a guided tour of the city's proud, closely-knit, legal community.

The FIRST SESSION, entitled “the Unwritten Rules: What You Didn’t Learn in Law School”, will focus on ethics and civility from both a judge’s and a lawyer’s point of view; dos and don’ts in the courtroom, and a tour of the Federal Courthouse. February 16, 1:00-5:00pm, Federal Courthouse

The SECOND SESSION, “Who’s Who and What’s What at the Courthouse”, will give you a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the Kent County Courthouse from the perspective of the staff. This session will also have a guided tour of the courthouse, as well as a chance to talk one-on-one with Federal and State Judges. February 23, 1:00-5:00pm, Kent County Courthouse.

The THIRD SESSION, “Building a Successful Law Career”, will provide sage advice from seasoned professionals and an introduction to resources that can help you build your career. Session will begin with “The Unvarnished Truth: How to Succeed as a Lawyer,” and conclude with Speed Mentoring. An activity which allows new attorneys an opportunity to seek advice through timed conversations with multiple experienced counterparts. March 2, 2:00-5:00pm, McFadden’s Restaurant (Pearl Room). A cocktail reception with members of the Grand Rapids legal community will follow. Please bring business cards and copies of your resume to this session.

Costs for the program are: 
GRBA Members: $25 per session or $60 for all three sessions
Non-Members: $35 per session or $90 for all three sessions.

Please click here to download a registration form for this event (payment by check)

Please click here to register online (payment by credit card)