We go to annual trial lawyer conventions by the NJ Association for Justice. They're held twice a year - one in Atlantic City in the spring and the other in the Meadowlands in fall.
I didn't go to law school with this work in mind, I intended to be involved in commercial transactions and work 9 to 5. After law school I clerked for two wonderful superior court judges and they were both in the civil division. Any business-related cases were very boring to me, but the personal injury cases were interesting. Each case, each affected life was different from the other. I repeatedly saw how the insurance companies would toy with individual lives, one after the other, and half way through my clerkships I decided that I wanted to help these people - it wouldn't be popular to be an 'ambulance chaser' but I knew it would be honorable work - and it is. The hours are extreme - very very far from 9 to 5.
Most of our time is spend trying to get the treatment that our clients' doctors prescribe, but the insurance companies hate spending money - they really do.