Laid-off lawyers find themselves adrift

, The National Law Journal

Last month alone, an estimated 1,100 attorneys lost their jobs at major law firms. For the first time in their lives, many of these lawyers are struggling with a profound feeling of failure. And while they acknowledge that their troubles are just a part of the jobless scene nationwide, such perspective provides little comfort for these high achievers who are grappling with a loss of purpose and direction. "I feel really lost right now," said Aviva Tiegerman, a former Kaye Scholer attorney.

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