Mentoring Programs - State

 

 

Arizona
http://www.azbar.org/sectionsandcommittees/committees/mentorcommittee
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Formal One on One Mentoring

The program provides experienced attorneys as mentors to answer substantive and procedural questions and offer management ideas for less experienced attorneys. The mentees can receive advice either by asking questions by telephone or in person through the One-to-One Mentor Program.

Arkansas
https://www.arkbar.com/for-attorneys/volunteering/mentor-program
Status:  Discontinued


Colorado
http://coloradomentoring.org/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP)

The Colorado Supreme Court in 2013 established the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (“CAMP”) pursuant to Rule 255 C.R.C.P. as a component of the attorney registration system. Through a full-time director CAMP implements one-on-one mentoring programs through local bar associations, inns of courts, law firms, public agencies, and other legal organizations. CAMP offers individual matching in local jurisdictions with no organization sponsored programs. The CAMP Mentoring Resource Center offers mentoring materials to help all mentors and mentees be more effective. CAMP maintains the Colorado Supreme Court Registry of pre-approved mentors. Upon completion of the 12-month CAMP program, both the mentors and mentees are eligible for 15 hours of CLE credit.

Connecticut
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ctbar.org/resource/resmgr/Young_Lawyer/Mentoring_Program_flyer.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Assistance

The program provides every new lawyer newly admitted to the State Bar of Connecticut with meaningful access to an experienced member of the bar, who will provide guidance, direction and advice the new attorney will require during their first year of practice; the customs, usages and unwritten rules of practice, and the ethical and professional values that represent the best traditions and highest aspirations of the legal profession.

Florida
http://www.flayld.org/involved/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  YLD Mentoring Program

The Young Lawyers Division is committed to encouraging lawyers to participate in mentoring programs at the local level. Currently, mentoring programs are established voluntarily by local bar associations, Inns of Court, etc. The YLD's Transition to Practice (T2P) committee is tasked with educating young lawyers about mentoring programs and in encouraging state-wide mentoring programs.

Georgia
https://www.gabar.org/aboutthebar/lawrelatedorganizations/cjcp/mentoring.cfm
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentoring Program

Lawyer-Law Student: The program provides students contact throughout their law school careers with practicing lawyers and the opportunity to address issues of current concern to the profession and to learn the things they need to know to practice law which they may not learn in the academic setting. The goal is to provide experienced practitioners as mentors for law students to better assure that, as graduates, they will be equipped to deal with the realities of the practice of law, and to understand ethics and professionalism more fully.

Lawyer-Lawyer: The Commission assists the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Cobb County Bar Association, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Georgia Indigent Defense Council, and other local and special constituency bar associations in the implementation of mentoring programs in which veteran lawyers make themselves available to newer lawyers for advice and counsel.

Transition into Law Practice: Based on the evaluations of the Pilot Project, the Standards Committee issued a Report and Recommendations for a statewide Mandatory Transition Into Law Practice Program and an Implementation Plan. Both the Board of Governors of the State Bar and the Supreme Court of Georgia approved the Mandatory Transition Into Law Practice Program. Also known as the Mentoring Program, the program is designed to teach the skills, professional values and judgment necessary to practice law in accordance with the highest ideals of the profession.

Idaho
http://isb.idaho.gov/member_services/mentorprogram.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Assistance

The program assists new lawyers in the transition from law school to a successful new practice. Mentees are paired with an experienced lawyer in their local community who has agreed to respond to general questions, give suggestions, and offer guidance about the practical aspects of practicing law.

Illinois 2Civility Mentoring Program
http://www.2civility.org/programs/mentoring/
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism's lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program creates an opportunity for lawyers to provide professional guidance and share their judgment and skills with new lawyers. Sponsored by over 75 organizations across Illinois, the Mentoring Program provides a flexible structure for practical learning within the context of the mentoring relationship.

Illinois ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
http://www.isba.org/mentorcenter/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Assistance

The ISBA offers a Commission-Approved Mentoring Program. In this year-long mentoring program, the ISBA uses the Commission developed structured curriculum which pairs experienced lawyers with new lawyers to provide guidance during the first year of practice. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, both the mentor and mentee will be eligible to receive 6 hours of PMCLE credit.

Indiana
http://www.inbar.org/?page=mentor_match&hhSearchTerms=%22mentor%22
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The ISBA will help locate a mentor from their database or new attorneys can find a mentor on their own. Once mentees have a mentor, they schedule their first meeting they submit the “Mentoring Agreement” to the ISBA.  Once the individual curriculum is designed for the program to receive your CLE/Ethics/APC Credits, all the features of the program and the curriculum can easily be downloaded from the ISBA website.  The ISBA gives some materials to read for the program. Lastly, when the necessary 6 hours of mentoring time are completed and the mentor and mentee have concluded all four quarters of time and discussion, they can submit the Certificate of Completion signed by the mentor and mentee to receive the appropriate accreditation. 

Louisiana
http://www.lsba.org/sld/TIPMentorApplication.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Transition into Practice (TIP) Voluntary Mentoring Program

As the Supreme Court has formally approved the Transition into Practice Program for new admitees commencing in January, 2015, the LSBA through its Committee on the Profession is implementing the program now. It will be available to those admitted into practice in 2014 in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and greater New Orleans. The program will match one mentor with a mentee. Steps are now underway to have prospective mentors sign up. Further information about the program and mentor qualifications can be obtained from the web site or contacting the Committee’s chair Barry Grodsky at 504-599-8535. Even if a prospective mentor does not live or practice in these areas they are still encouraged to sign up as the goal is to soon have the program available state wide. Mentors as will also receive CLE credit for their participation. This is an excellent opportunity to assist a newly admitted attorney and the bar certainly appreciates all volunteers.

Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc.
http://www.marylandprofessionalism.org/
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Court of Appeals Mentoring Program

The Maryland Court of Appeals has replaced Maryland's previous mentoring program for this one-on-one learning experience for new lawyers. Newly minted attorneys are matched with established attorneys based on location and interests. The program also lends a helping hand to those attorneys who are seeking a career outside the practice of law. The Center boasts of a professionalism course for freshly admitted attorneys, experienced attorneys, and a judicial training course for judges and other courthouse personnel.

Massachusetts
http://www.massbar.org/for-attorneys/mentor-circles
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance Via Telephone

The program offers Massachusetts Bar Association members the opportunity to speak with an experienced attorney for advice. Mentors are MBA members who are knowledgeable practitioners, in good standing, have practiced law for more than seven years and have volunteered to advise other attorneys on selected legal topics.

Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association, VA
http://mrwba.org/bar-resources/mentor-program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Student/Lawyer Mentoring Program

The MRWBA continues its long tradition of mentoring Women Law Students Association members at the University of Richmond School of Law. Last year over 40 students requested mentors. MRWBA also matches new attorneys with seasoned attorney mentors for a year. Each year, participants in the program are invited to a fall reception with the Women Law Students Association at the University of Richmond and a spring reception hosted by MRWBA. Mentors can also bring student mentees to monthly MRWBA luncheons at the discounted member rate.

Michigan
http://www.michbar.org/programs/mentorcenter
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  State Bar of Michigan Mentoring Center

Participation is completely voluntary and the scope of the relationship is up to the parties. In a typical relationship, mentors will agree to approximately 6 meetings (for a total of about 9 hours) over the course of one year. Common areas of focus include professional development, ethics, law office management, client communication, and the legal community.

Nebraska Women's Bar
http://www.nebraskawomensbar.org/id11.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance

The NWBA provides one-on-one mentoring with a practicing attorney. The matching assistance is provided by the association.

Nevada
http://www.nvbar.org/tip/faq#Is%20the%20Transitioning%20into%20Practice%20program%20mandatory?
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

All newly admitted members of the State Bar of Nevada must participate in “Transitioning into Practice” unless exempt or deferred. New lawyers must enroll in the TIP program by filing the enrollment form within four weeks after admission to the bar. Unless otherwise arranged, all new lawyers will begin the next available program cycle following their admission to the bar. There are three ways that mentors will be identified for new lawyers. If a newly admitted lawyer is hired by a firm or organization, their employer may assign a senior associate to serve as their mentor. The second option is for a new lawyer to select a mentor from the published list of Supreme Court-appointed mentors or seek out a respected member of the bar and ask if they are willing to serve as a mentor (in this latter instance, the Mentor will be provisionally approved pending their appointment by the Supreme Court). In the event that a new lawyer’s choice of Mentor is not available, the bar will match the new attorney with a mentor based principally on geographical and practice area.

New Hampshire
http://www.nhbar.org/uploads/pdf/MentorProgramBooklet.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

Principle goals of the program are to promote professional development and provide assistance regarding ethical, practical and professional issues and concerns; helping support lawyers with their transition into the New Hampshire legal community, and promoting positive relationships among members of the Bar Association. Mentors and mentees are matched by the program.

North Carolina
http://www.ncbar.org/about/ncba-mentorship-program.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The goal of the program is to help the entire legal profession by assisting young lawyers develop good character, competence, and a deeper appreciation for the responsibilities of the profession. The program offers two distinct mentoring opportunities. The first is the more traditional approach in which a new lawyer and a more experienced lawyer develop an ongoing relationship, wherein the mentor guides the mentee through the many pitfalls associated with early practice. The second branch of the program is the situational mentoring initiative.

Ohio
http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/AttySvcs/mentoring/default.asp
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program links experienced attorneys with new lawyers who have recently been admitted to the practice of law. Mentors and new lawyers meet in person six times during the course of a year to discuss topics and engage in activities they select from a mentoring plan. Upon completion of the program, mentors receive CLE credit and new lawyers receive required new lawyer training credit.

Ohio Women's Bar Association
http://owba.org/mentoringprogram
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance For Female Law Students

The OWBA Law School Mentor Program matches women attorneys with women law school students from area law schools. Mentors are drawn statewide from the OWBA membership.

Oregon
http://www.osbar.org/programs/mentoring
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The New Lawyer Mentoring Program will formalize a process that for many decades took place organically, through connections forged at law firms and other close-knit bar communities. As the Oregon bar has grown, the process of introducing new lawyers to the legal community, and guiding them through the transition to law practice, has grown more amorphous. The NLMP offers new bar members one-on-one guidance on elements of a highly competent practice, while promoting the professionalism, civility and collegiality that make Oregon among the best places in the country to practice law. The program is loosely modeled on programs in Georgia and Utah, which have received accolades for giving all new bar members meaningful access to experienced lawyers and a well-developed mentoring program in their first year. The Oregon model emphasizes a flexible approach in which mentors and new lawyers take the core curriculum and shape it to best meet the needs of the new lawyer.

Rhode Island Women's Bar Association
http://riwba.com/committees/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer/ Law Students Mentor Matching Assistance

The RIWBA mentoring program is an opportunity for more experienced members to pass along their experience and help build not only the future of the organization, but also the future of the profession.

South Carolina
http://www.commcle.org/MentoringProgram.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

Following successful lawyer mentoring pilot programs and the establishment of Rule 425, SCACR, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has ordered a permanent and mandatory mentoring program for all newly admitted lawyers. The mandatory program, administered by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, requires one- on -one or group mentoring for every new qualifying lawyer on nine separate areas important to successful, ethical practice. Law firms or offices may be certified to mentor their own new associates. The year-long program must be completed in a timely manner and the new lawyer and mentor must certify completion. Mentors must be active members of the SC Bar or persons who have taken retired or inactive status within the preceding two years. Mentors must have at least five years of experience in the active practice of law and must not have a history of grievances. The Commission may assist new lawyers in the appointment of mentors. Mentors receive 4.00 hours of CLE credit, of which 2.00 shall constitute ethics CLE credit.

Tennessee
http://www.tba.org/programs/mentoring-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

During the mentoring experience, lawyers would be able to explore issues of professionalism, client and practice management, legal ethics, professional and leadership development, life balance and well-being, and pro bono/charitable work. The mentoring pair are required to complete exercises associated with the proposed eight core topics and any number of elective topics in its plan. Progress reports would be filed with the TBA, with CLE credit to be awarded at the completion of the program.

Texas
http://www.texasbar.com/AM/PrinterTemplate.cfm?Section=Transition_to_Practice
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program is targeted to lawyers in their first several years of licensure. Newly-licensed lawyers are matched with more experienced attorneys who volunteer to participate in the project. Mentoring covers many areas, including law practice management, effective client representation, pro bono opportunities, career development, and other aspects of successfully practicing law. Every other month, a group meeting of all participants takes place with programming planned around one or more specific mentoring topics. During alternate months, mentors and mentees meet in small groups or one-on-one.

Utah
http://www.utahbar.org/members/mentor-program/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program matches new lawyers with more experienced lawyers for training during their first year of practice in professionalism, ethics, and civility; to assist new lawyers in acquiring the practical skills and judgment necessary to practice in a highly competent manner; and to provide a means for all Utah attorneys to learn the importance of organizational mentoring, including the building of developmental networks and long-term, multiple mentoring relationships. Lawyers newly admitted to the Bar with an active license are required to complete the program their first year of practice in Utah. The requirement for judicial law clerks is deferred until completion of the clerkship.

Vermont
https://www.vtbar.org/UserFiles/files/iNCUBATOR/VLIPprogram%20description.pdf
Optional
Status:  Pilot
Type:  Vermont Lawyer Incubator Pilot Program

The Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Law School are partnering on a Lawyer Incubator Pilot Project to test a model of encouraging new lawyers to establish law practices in underserved areas of Vermont.

The incubator Pilot will run 18 months in 2014-15 and will involve 2-3 new lawyers, existing staff of VLS and VBA, and volunteer seasoned attorneys. The Pilot staff will oversee the development of each new lawyer's practice skills, and set up CLE trainings and mentorship opportunities. Project lawyers will be linked via list serve and will meet frequently for in-person trainings and peer review. Lawyers will move through a series of tasks and trainings over the course of their 18 month involvement with the program, at the end of which they should have established a profitable solo or small firm practice in one of the underserved areas of Vermont.

Goals: -Launch new lawyers in small or solo practice. -Attract and keep new lawyers who desire to practice in Vermont. -Serve underserved populations and geographic areas. -Support new lawyers with relevant CLEs, help them avoid ethical problems, and build their competence and confidence. -Refresh the bar (and ultimately the bench).

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