Posted Oct 08, 2009 08:58 pm CDT
Looking for another job was harder than running a marathon, Lynne Zagami says.
But, after a year of searching, she has succeeded. Laid off last fall from a $170,000-a-year job as a third-year corporate associate in the Boston office of Brown Rudnick, she is now in her first week at Brightleaf Corporation, the Am Law Daily reports.
She isn’t practicing law at the Boston-area start-up, but will use her legal experience to help the company develop software programs that law firms and corporate legal departments can use to draft standard documents. This way, instead of relying only on their own instincts and help from senior lawyers, as traditionally has been done, junior associates can be prompted by the software to make routine changes and incorporate customary language, she explains to the Am Law Daily.
Excited from the moment she discussed the Brightleaf position with the company’s vice president of strategy, Luke O’Brien, who is also a lawyer, Zagami realized all the things she has enjoyed about her work in the past don’t necessarily require her to practice law.
“It’s my first week of work and I’m happy getting into the car, which is something I’ve never experienced before,” she tells the Am Law Daily. “It’s the difference between ‘Oh sure, no problem’ if I have to work late as opposed to ‘Oh jeez, here we go.’ ”
ABAJournal.com: “Marathon No Problem for Laid-Off Lawyer, But Finding New Job Is Harder “