- Ways to assess whether an alternative approach is right for you
- Steps to mount an effective search for a non-traditional career
- How to define your transferable skills and market yourself to a broader audience
Cheryl Rich Heisler is the president and founder of LAWTERNATIVES. Ms. Heisler graduated from the University of Illinois College of Communications in 1980 with Highest Honors and received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1983. She practiced corporate law for three years with the law firm of Katten Muchin Zavis in Chicago before leaving the practice of law to pursue a career in brand management with Kraft, Inc. There she contributed to the marketing efforts of such well-known brands as Parkay™ Margarine and Kraft Real Mayonnaise™.
Since forming LAWTERNATIVES in 1988, Ms. Heisler has consulted with individual clients at all stages of their careers and has lectured to both legal and non-legal audiences on such topics as Recycling Your Career, Career Changes and Choices and Creativity Beyond the Law. Ms. Heisler has been quoted in numerous business, legal and popular publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, U.S. News & World Report, The National Law Journal, Chicago Lawyer, Working Woman, Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
A professional speaker, Ms. Heisler currently consults/lectures at law schools across the country on Alternative Careers and related topics and is often interviewed on radio and TV as a career expert.
Marc Luber is the founder of JD Careers Out There (JDCOT.com), an online video resource helping lawyers find and succeed in a fulfilling career path using a law degree. Mr. Luber is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., English), the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and is a member of the Illinois Bar. After a first career in the music industry working for the Rolling Stones, A&M Records, Rondor Music Publishing and LicenseMusic.com, Mr. Luber made a career change to become a legal recruiter. Focusing on law firm and in-house counsel placement, Mr. Luber worked for Attorney Network before launching Luber Legal Search. He is currently based in Los Angeles.
Kathy M. Morris is the moderator of the American Bar Association's monthly Career Advice Series. A former criminal defense attorney, she has taught law, pioneered professional development initiatives in law firms, and in 2000, launched the original Career Resource Center of the ABA. She currently counsels law students, lawyers, law schools, and law firms through Under Advisement, Ltd., which she founded in 1988.
Ms. Morris, a charter board member of the Professional Development Consortium, is a frequent public speaker on legal career issues and the author of ABA manuals on job search and career satisfaction. She is also the creator of "The Legal Profession PREP Class," an initiative designed to draw law professors and practicing lawyers into dialogue on the skills needed by graduates for effective practice readiness.
She earned her J.D. from Northeastern in Boston and her B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan