Lawyers are invited to sign up for Massachusetts’ first statewide legal mentorship program.
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January is National Mentoring Month, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being has announced the first ever statewide legal mentorship program.
The goal of this program is to help introduce new lawyers to practice in Massachusetts, to help them to gain courage and confidence, to make connections and begin to build networks, and to gain helpful tips and tools from other experienced practitioners.
This program is different from other programs that you may have experienced. In this model, a mentor’s time commitment is light. Mentors (10+ years of experience) need only complete an online profile and insert placeholder dates for meetings with mentees (which can always be revised later to accommodate a mentor’s changing schedule). Mentees (10 or fewer years of experience) may select and meet with multiple mentors, providing them with a variety of contacts and perspectives. This program is set to begin early 2021.
If you are interested in participating in this program as a mentor OR mentee, or receiving more information, please sign up here on the Lawyer Well-Being Committee website.
The Lawyer Well-Being Committee also maintains a database of statewide mentorship programs here. They share additional mentorship resources here.
We remind those in the legal profession that mentorship and sponsorship of Black lawyers and lawyers of color is critical to improve inclusion in the legal profession. Find more in notes from a recent BBA program on effective allyship here, and more here from a recent BBA discussion with Paulette Brown and Eileen Letts, two authors of a study demonstrating the urgency for change in the legal profession recently published by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
A 5-Point Plan for Becoming the Best Mentor You Can Be (Fast Company, 2021)
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Lawyers, law students, and judges in Massachusetts can discuss concerns with a law practice advisor, licensed therapist, or both. Find more on scheduling here.