In response to news of continued layoffs at medium and large-sized law firms, the Total Practice Management Association (Total PMA) is announcing a scholarship program for unemployed attorneys to attend the Get a Life Conference on May 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The conference is a two-day, hands-on workshop being led by experts on marketing and practice management, social networking and law firm strategy in a highly interactive format. Topics include client relations; legal marketing & ethics; staff support & outsourcing; technology enabled services; and office infrastructure and expansion. The scholarship program provides full tuition to 10 unemployed but actively job seeking law firm associates looking to gain insight and advice on running their own firm.  Candidates can read the eligibility requirements and download the application at http://tinyurl.com/qufzye

Total PMA will accept applications now through May 22nd at 5:00pm CST and announce the recipients via email and on its Get a Life Conference site by May 26th, 2009 at 5:00pm CST. To further support the legal community and specifically help law students struggling to find summer internships and employment, Total PMA is also offering 2nd and 3rd year law students a “Get a Life Student Discount package” for $400, a deep discount off the standard cost of tuition. This special offer is being made available to 30 students on a first come, first serve basis and is being actively promoted by Chicago area law schools, related legal news groups, and list serves.  For more information, email info@totalpma.org