Preparing for Informational Meetings: Identify Your Targets

An informational meeting is an interview you conduct with a practicing attorney to research a field of law or a geographic area.  Informational meetings are also wonderful networking tools since they allow you to introduce yourself to members of the legal community and to follow-up with them to further develop your relationship.  The first step for successful informational meetings is to prepare a list of your targets.  This list should include attorneys who practice in the area of law in which you are interested, attorneys who practice in your chosen geographic area, attorneys you know, and attorneys who share interests or other affinities with you.  You can compile the list utilizing resources such as Martindale.com, the state bar’s web site, and the local bar association’s web site.  Each of these resources list attorneys’ addresses, phone numbers, and emails.  Compile this information in an organized list to identify your targets.