Tyson & Mendes fosters the professional development of our attorneys at all experience levels. In 2016, Tyson & Mendes formalized a Young Professionals Group to provide support, mentorship, and networking opportunities for attorneys and clients early in their careers.
In 2019, the Tyson & Mendes Young Professionals Group will highlight both rising stars and seasoned litigators to share their insights and experiences building their legal careers. To kick off the New Year, we congratulate six T&M law clerks who recently passed the California bar and are now Associate Attorneys. Welcome Chandra Roam, Kris Darrough, Jillian Stanley, Amir Shoar, Danielle Vukovich and Patrick Wooding! Learn more about each of our newest Associates here.
A young professional is not simply young and inexperienced; the term connotes a deeper, more specific meaning and a description – albeit an overgeneralized one – of my generation of millennials as a whole. Urban dictionary (yes, I am quoting urban dictionary in a legal newsletter) defines a young professional as: “a recent college graduate whose main objectives in life include: career advancement, becoming financially secure, spending too much of their yearly income on expensive clothing and maintaining a busy social life.” I would add to the stereotype a heavy reliance on technology as a mode of communication, and a resulting difficulty forming and maintaining professional relationships.
With each passing year, more and more millennials enter the workplace. Pew Research Center defines millennials as individuals born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 22 to 37 in 2018). The American Bar Association predicts, by the year 2020, about one half of the U.S. workplace will be made up of millennials.
On Wednesday, October 18, Tyson & Mendes held its second annual Young Professionals Panel at the Andaz Wall Street rooftop to discuss the topic “Blame it on the Millennials: Gen Y’s Role in the Evolving Insurance Industry.”
The insurance industry faces the dilemma: employees of the Baby Boomer generation are projected to retire at a much higher rate than employees of the Millennial generation are entering the industry. Some blame this problem on Millennials’ perception insurance companies are stiff, bureaucratic institutions who do not value their employees the way companies are thought to do in other industries.
One common challenge facing young attorneys today is how to distinguish themselves in the workplace and the legal community amongst a constantly growing crowd. California already ranks near the top of all states in terms of the highest numbers of active attorneys per capita, and the numbers are only growing with each passing year. The State Bar of California is currently considering lowering the minimal passing score for the bar exam, which could significantly boost the pass rate and only add to the growing number of new attorneys entering the field in the years to come Many firms are hiring more rapidly than in the recent years past, making it more important than ever for new attorneys to focus on differentiating themselves from the pack. In light of the fierce competition, what can new attorneys do to make a name for themselves and stand out from the crowd? Read below for some insightful tips from some seasoned practitioners in the field, based on commonly shared experiences.
Tyson & Mendes is proud to announce the formation of our new Young Professionals Group to support the personal and professional growth of our young attorneys and clients.
To kick off our YP Group, we surveyed TM attorneys of all generations for their best tips to overcome the millennial stereotype. The responses shared common themes – work hard, be prepared, and be patient.