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Book Review Series


The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers by Valerie A. Fontaine

Reviewed by Reg Levy





 Do you love your job? Do you see yourself doing it until you retire?

If your answer is anything but “Yes!” to either of the above, Valerie A. Fontaine’s The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers is essential for you and all attorneys considering a move—now or in the future.

This second edition focuses on the unique environment facing the legal industry today, including tactics for dealing with a post-financial crisis legal market and optimizing social media and online presence.

The Right Moves begins with a history of the legal industry, starting with mythical John Grisham-style firms and bringing us up to online “legal services” applications. Fontaine’s discussion is an invaluable part of understanding one’s place in the legal field.

“Forewarned is forearmed” is a good summary of Fontaine’s thesis in The Right Moves. Her emphasis is on gathering information in order to make informed decisions and to learn information about the market, about oneself and one’s goals, about the position in question and about salary. We’re lawyers—Fontaine reminds us to tackle our career plan with the same fervor with which we would tackle a matter for a client.

From tips for working with a “headhunter (and most of us don’t mind that term)” to channeling Alec Baldwin with “Always Be Networking," Fontaine’s book is a wealth of information—and all of it valuable—for attorneys everywhere.

The legal market is flooded with experienced attorneys following the recent financial crisis and more are graduating every year. The Right Moves is the edge needed to set oneself apart from the crowd.


Reg Levy is Director of Legal Affairs at Minds + Machines and is a member of WLALA’s 2012-2013 Fundraising Committee.


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