The Defense Association of New York, a personal injury defense bar group, is inviting attorneys to join a program aimed at teaching women and minorities how to compete for leadership positions at their firms, negotiate work arrangements and pursue professional opportunities.

Twenty-five participating attorneys will receive one-on-one coaching and 21 hours of formal instruction in monthly events from September through next July. Sessions will cover topics such as developing an effective business plan and establishing one’s brand and network.

Attorneys will take part in small-group sessions led by professional career coaches as well as be paired with individual mentors from the New York legal community.

Speakers throughout the 10-month program include New York judges, corporate counsel, government attorneys and representatives from insurance firms and Fortune 500 companies.

Interested attorneys and law firms should contact executive director Anthony Celentano at by July 25. The cost to register for individual attorneys is $600. Sponsorship by a law firm, which costs $1,500, guarantees acceptance of one applicant from the firm and an invitation for one additional attorney from the firm to attend select networking events. The fees will pay for the outside career coaches as well as costs associated with hosting the events.