New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Federal Bar Council hosted a panel Tuesday at the Southern District of New York courthouse at 500 Pearl St. for lawyers interested in switching to careers in public service.

More than 50 attendees heard from lawyers in city, state and federal government who made the transition from the private to public sector. Their advice covered leveraging existing networks to learn of job openings, framing one’s big firm experience for a public interest job application, and navigating hiring freezes and the federal sequestration that make government agencies slow to fill openings.

Panelists, from left to right, were Andrew Elmore, section chief of the Labor Bureau at the New York Office of the Attorney General; Carolyn Pokorny, Eastern District assistant U.S. attorney for the Criminal Division; Daniel Michael, staff attorney with the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Carina Schoenberger, Southern District assistant U.S. attorney, Civil Division; Erin Kelly, counsel for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and Shannon Manigault, legislative counsel for the New York City Council. Jamie Levitt, at podium, the head of the litigation department at Morrison Foerster, moderated the event.