Mentoring Programs - Local

 

 

Alameda County Bar Association
http://www.calbar.ca.gov/portals/0/documents/cyla/CYLA-Mentor-Programs.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

The Barristers Section created this program to link new attorneys with seasoned attorneys in Alameda County so that mentees may gain support and guidance as they embark on their professional law careers. For mentors, participation in the program is an opportunity to give back and support the profession of law and help shape its future by coaching the mentees and sharing their experiences and life lessons.

Anchorage, Alaska Bar Association
http://www.anchoragebarassociation.org/benefits.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

Member benefits include mentoring of new attorneys.

Barristers Mentorship Program
https://www.acbanet.org/
Status:  Ongoing

The Barristers Section created this program to link new attorneys with seasoned attorneys in Alameda County so that mentees may gain support and guidance as they embark on their professional law careers. For mentors, participation in the program is an opportunity to give back and support the profession of law and help shape its future by coaching the mentees and sharing their experiences and life lessons.  

Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
http://www.blackwomenlawyersla.org/
Status:  Ongoing

BWL's mentorship and guidance is invaluable to our area law students.

Boston Bar Association
http://www.bostonbar.org/membership/publications/article-detail?ID=2110
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group Mentoring

The Boston Bar Association's Group Mentoring Program consists of several mentoring groups, each with 8 mentees lead by 2 experienced attorneys. The groups meet monthly for discussions about career paths, work life balance issues and professional challenges.  If you are an up-and-coming lawyer who has been in practice for less than 8 years the bar encourages attorneys to participate.

Charleston County, SC
http://charlestoncountybar.org/membership/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentor Program


Chicago Federal Bar Association
http://www.fedbarchicago.org/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

Attorneys are encouraged to participate in a one-year lawyer-to-lawyer Mentoring Program and earn CLE credit equal to the minimum professional responsibility credit during the same two-year period.

Columbus, OH Bar Association
http://www.cbalaw.org/cba_prod/Main/Resources/Resources_for_Legal_Professionals/Columbus_Bar_inc__incubator__Program/Main/Resources/Legal-Professionals/inc/Index.aspx?hkey=02126ec9-96a1-4408-adc7-dba4b23e2315
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Columbus Bar inc Professional Development Center

The current employment market has created an environment of unprecedented significance for new law school graduates. In an attempt to assist new lawyers, the CBA created Columbus Bar inc. The "inc" is short for "incubator" - a program intended to accelerate the successful development of new lawyers in an environment that provides an array of business support resources. The Columbus Bar Association provides an office facility, equipment, mentoring, training, and specially designed networking opportunities to help new lawyers build a successful practice based on sound business principles. In exchange for the services provided by the Columbus Bar, participants agree to accept at least one pro bono case during their one-year term, creating an additional source for serving the unmet legal needs in central Ohio. The Columbus Bar Association was the first bar association in the country to develop an incubator program for new lawyers interested in establishing a solo law practice. The program has received praise both locally and nationally.

Consumer Attorneys' Mentor Program of Los Angeles
https://www.caala.org/index.cfm?pg=mentor
Status:  Ongoing

Consumer Attorneys’ Mentor Program offers new lawyers the opportunity to develop one‐on‐one relationships with accomplished attorneys and benefit from their experience. The program serves as a forum for experienced attorneys to share their wisdom with new lawyers and offer advice and guidance on legal issues, business development, procedural and ethical dilemmas and even office politics.

Contra Costa County Bar Association, CA
http://www.cccba.org/attorney/build-your-practice/volunteer-judicial-mentoring.php
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Judicial Lawyer Mentoring Program

The Judicial Mentoring Program was established by the Contra Costa Bench/Bar Diversity Committee to provide attorneys contemplating a career on the bench with a structured method of obtaining guidance about how to reach that goal.

Experienced judges will be able to provide valuable feedback and assistance to potential judicial candidates to help them hone the necessary skills for a judicial career.

The Judicial Mentoring Program’s goals are: •To promote diversity on the bench to reflect our community •To facilitate attorneys with diverse backgrounds in pursuing a judicial appointment •To increase the diversity of the judicial applicant pool

Dallas, TX Bar Association
http://www.dallasbar.org/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Senior Lawyers Mentoring Program

DBA members can volunteer to mentor young lawyers or lawyers in transition; or members can be matched with a seasoned lawyer through this informal program.

Denver, CO Bar Association
http://www.denbar.org/index.cfm/ID/21197/dba/Mentoring-Program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentor Program

The goal of the program is to foster professionalism and assist the mentee with practical everyday problems that are not taught in law school by helping newer lawyers learn the basics of lawyering from more experienced legal practitioners, and bridging the gap between law school and law practice; carefully bringing together lawyers with differing levels of experience for the mutual exchange of information to benefit the participants, the profession and the public; promoting awareness, understanding, appreciation and application of the principles of professionalism.

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter
http://www.calbar.ca.gov/portals/0/documents/cyla/CYLA-Mentor-Programs.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group/ Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program


Hartford Bar Association (Connecticut)
http://hartfordbar.org/call-for-new-mentoring-volunteers/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring

The Hartford County Bar Association can take great pride in being a leader in creating and administering a volunteer Mentoring Program. Over the past two years we have matched numerous new members of the Bar with experienced practitioners, for the purpose of helping to develop professionalism and civility in our newest members. We have worked closely with the CBA Task Force on mentoring, in an effort to spread the mentoring resource throughout the State. A mentoring program cannot exist, however, without a roster of experienced attorneys willing to serve as Mentors. It does not take a great deal of time or effort to serve as a mentor, but the effect that a mentor can have on a new professional can be immeasurable. In addition, those who have mentored young lawyers report a great sense of professional satisfaction and accomplishment. Indeed they provide a tremendous service to our profession. If you have been in practice for seven years or more, and think you might be able to make a difference in the development of a new member of the bar, please consider volunteering for this program.

Jefferson County, Alabama Bar Association
http://10jc.alacourt.gov/mentoring.html
Optional
Status:  Pilot
Type:  Group/ Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, is currently piloting a mentoring program for new lawyers in the Birmingham metro area. The goal of the project is to implement a 2-year pilot lawyer-mentoring program that will assist new lawyer participant’s transition from law school to professional law practice by emphasizing proper ethical and professional conduct. Qualifying new lawyers are paired with a mentor for a one-on-one mentoring experience and make a plan by selecting certain topics/activities to complete. New lawyers not qualifying for a one-on-one mentor are able to participate in a group-mentoring alternative. All participating new lawyers will also attend court sessions in order to gain practical insight.

Lawyers Club of San Diego Mentor/Mentee Program
http://www.lawyersclubsandiego.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=520104&hhSearchTerms=%22Mentoring%22
Status:  Ongoing

Some law students have a clear idea of the area of law that they are ultimately interested in, while most are hoping to learn about the practice of law through this introduction to the San Diego legal community. Lawyers Club mentors are pleased to meet a student or recent graduate and share some of their experiences. The program is only as demanding as each pair of mentors and mentees choose to make it, but has consisted of a first‐time meeting for lunch or coffee followed by occasional meetings and primarily correspondence by phone or email. It is valuable for the mentee to have someone to whom they can direct questions about classes, job search, etc. New pairings will be made October and February for the current academic year.

Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys Association
http://www.caala.org/index.cfm?pg=mentor
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring

Current member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles are eligible for participation in the Mentor Program. Once we receive your enrollment form, you will be assigned a Mentor or Mentee and will be notified via mail with his/her contact information. Mentorships are ultimately based on personal relationships. It takes more than an initial introduction to develop a successful mentor relationship. The mentor and mentee must make a commitment of time to develop the trust and interpersonal relationship that is necessary for a fully engaged mentoring relationship. There are various ways to develop a successful and rewarding mentor relationship.

Memphis, TN Bar Association
http://www.memphisbar.org/build-your-practice/mentoring-program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance


Middlesex County Bar Association, NJ
http://www.mcbalaw.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=12
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance

The MCBA provides a list of mentors for the New Brunswick, NJ area.

Oakland County, CA Bar Association
http://www.ocba.org/events/motion-day-mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentor Matching Assistance

The program helps new attorneys graduating from law school to learn professional skills and direct them towards achieving their goals. Members of the OCBA who join the Mentor Program can help new attorneys fresh out of law school to learn the ropes and steer their career in the right direction. The process is simple: Once you inquire about becoming a mentor, you will be required to complete a mentor registration form and then be included on our mentor list. When new attorneys call to request a mentor, we will match the mentor's field to the mentee's request and send letters to both parties.

Orange County, CA Bar Association
http://www.mentorondemand.org/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Virtual New Lawyer Mentoring Videos

The Mentor on Demand (MOD) program is the first of its kind in California and was developed exclusively for OCBA Young Lawyers Division members. The MOD program gives YLD members free online access to a virtual mentor 24/7. The Mentor on Demand Committee's goal is to supplement traditional face to face mentoring with virtual mentoring that is accessible wherever and whenever the young lawyer can find the time. The efforts resulted in the creation and launch of Mentor on Demand, a series of virtual on-demand mentoring videos consisting of ten minutes or less.

Philippine American Bar Association Mentorship Program
http://pabala.org/
Status:  Ongoing

The Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) of Los Angeles was formed in response to expressed interests in addressing the legal issues confronting the Pilipino‐American community as well as meeting the professional concerns of Pilipino‐American lawyers in Southern California. PABA sponsors community legal clinics focusing on various areas of the law and provides pro bono legal services. In addition PABA provides continuing legal education seminars and professional development opportunities for its members, and assists Pilipino‐American law students through its scholarship fund and mentorship program.

San Antonio, TX Bar Association
http://www.sanantoniobar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=16
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance for Law Students

The mentoring committee is composed of experienced lawyers who have volunteered to mentor attorneys with practice-related problems. These may include issues such as communication problems with clients, office management skills, professional and ethical issues, time management strategies, as well as specific issues related to that mentor's areas of practice. The committee also matches attorneys with law students at St. Mary's in San Antonio.

Seventh Circuit Bar Association, IL
http://www.7thcircuitbar.org/?page=Copyof211b&hhSearchTerms=%22mentor%22
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  New Lawyer Mentoring

Conscious of that cynicism, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association strives to provide identifiable, tangible benefits to its members. For instance, it recently rolled out to its members the results of its E-Mentoring Project, the result of hours of work by the Association’s Young Lawyer’s Committee. The project features video discussions with more than 45 judges and experienced trial lawyers from around the circuit, offering the benefits of their years of experience for younger lawyers. The e-mentoring project received recognition in the August 2010 edition of the ABA Journal. Access to these very helpful, insightful video clips is limited to members of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. In the same vein, the Association produces a publication called The Circuit Rider, the Editor-in-Chief of which is Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole of the Northern District of Illinois. The Circuit Rider is a compilation of articles written by lawyers and judges on topics of interest to those who practice in the courts of the Seventh Circuit. It’s really a high-quality product that also is available only to those who belong to the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.The Association for over a year now also has been actively working with Chief Judge James Holderman and Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan, both of the Northern District of Illinois, on a project aimed at developing principles that will make the discovery of electronic information more efficient, less expensive, less contentious, and more sensible. The E-Discovery Program has been underway for over a year and is now entering its second phase. It, too, is receiving national recognition, including an article in the National Law Journal. The association is pleased to be intimately involved in leading the way on this important issue that has changed the landscape in the way in which cases are litigated.

South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
http://www.sabasc.org
Status:  Ongoing

The South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (“SABA‐SC”) is dedicated to the advancement and development of young attorneys and law students. Through our mentorship program, we strive to help new lawyers and law students see the “forest through the trees.”  We assist newcomers to the legal industry find not only mentors, but point them in the direction of groups they can join to make their transition into the practice of law as easy as possible.  Mentors and mentees are matched up based on areas of law that the mentors are practicing in and that the mentees have an interest in entering.  Other considerations for pairings are geographic location, number of years practicing, size of firm and participating in volunteer activities.  Our mentorship begins with an initial gala event created to introduce prospective mentors to mentees, which is then followed up with a series of panel sessions and mixers used to educate law students about various pressing issues within the practice.   SABA‐SC’s goal is simple and to the point, “Pay it forward.”   As a group, we try to give back all the sage advice that was passed along to us throughout the years. There is no group that cares more for its law students than the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.

Washington, D.C. Bar
http://www.dcbar.org/bar-resources/practice-management-advisory-service/mentor.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Practice Management Advisory Service

The D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service seeks to encourage professional mentoring relationships between experienced and less-experienced lawyers to facilitate the transfer of valuable information and insight into the practice of law. The PMSC created a pilot planned mentoring program several years ago, but the results strongly indicated bar members preferred a natural approach to mentoring. Therefore, rather than attempt to play matchmaker, the PMSC designed a web page to assist lawyers in the establishment of their own fulfilling mentor relationships.

Westchester County, NY Bar Association
http://www.wcbany.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=96
Optional
Status:  In Development
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program being developed pairs experienced attorneys practicing in diverse areas one on one with younger and less experienced attorneys for a period no longer than one year.  During this period, the mentor agrees to make him or herself available for a consultation, either in person or by telephone, for a minimum of one-half hour per week.  Thus, the mentor commits to a maximum of two hours per month.  There are no restrictions imposed on the questions asked or advice sought, however the mentor, at his or her option, may decline to answer any question posed.

Whatcom County Bar Association, Washington
http://www.whatcombar.org/announce.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question and Answer Via Phone

The attorneys on the list below have volunteered to mentor the younger members of our bar association on an as-needed basis. The idea is to provide a resource for new lawyers who may from time to time benefit from advice and input from some of our more experienced members.

Wichita, Kansas Bar Association
http://www.wichitabar.org/membership.php
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Lawyer Mentoring Program

The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for attorneys with certain skills and knowledge to act as mentors and develop relationships with attorneys who seek those skills and knowledge. The mentor's role is to provide general advice, assistance and wisdom to the mentee attorney. An added bonus is that mentees in the program receive one-year free membership in the Wichita Bar Association.

William J. Clayton Mentorship Program
http://www.lgla.net/student-center
Status:  Ongoing

LGLA has dedicated our Mentorship Program connects volunteer attorneys with interested students to provide career guidance and mentorship. Interested attorneys may download a mentor application. Student members of LGLA will receive applications by mail in September, or may download a mentee application. Applications will also be available through local law schools.

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