Speakers and Presenters

Carol Fishman CohenThe inaugural Back to the Bar program will feature an inspiring keynote address by Carol Fishman Cohen. Carol Fishman Cohen is the co-author of career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work and the co-founder of iRelaunch, a company producing career reentry programs. The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference has been held 15 times since 2008 in major U.S. cities and in London. Over 10,000 people have attended all of iRelaunch's workshops, seminars, conferences and presentations.

Carol and co-author and co-founder Vivian Steir Rabin are both Harvard Business School graduates and relaunchers themselves; between them, they have nine kids and they each returned to work after multi-year career breaks before writing Back on the Career Track and starting iRelaunch. Carol’s return to investment firm Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study about professional career reentry. Her article "The 40-Year-Old Intern" was featured in the November 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review and was the topic of a TODAY Show segment. Carol is regularly featured in the national press as a commentator on topics related to career reentry.

Panel speakers and class presenters include experienced practicing attorneys, attorneys using their legal background or degree in non-traditional careers, career services personnel from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law, legal research and writing faculty from Duquesne University School of Law and other career and professional development experts.

Back to the Bar speakers and presenters will help participants:

  • Plan for career re-entry
  • Build confidence and self-assurance
  • Enhance interviewing and networking skills
  • Update basic legal researching skills and develop a writing sample
  • Gain exposure to new technology used in the legal industry, including current software and social media applications