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  • November 04, 2020

    Get a Mentor, Be a Mentor: Apply for State Bar Mentoring Program

    With a modest investment in time, experienced lawyers can benefit not just a young lawyer, but the profession. The State Bar's Ready.Set.Practice. mentoring program needs mentors and mentees for 2021. Those seeking a mentor should sign up by Dec. 1.
    Yu Ha Kim and Kimberly Hurtado

    Mentor Kimberly Hurtado, right, helped new lawyer Yu Ha Kim, left, to build her practice via the State Bar's mentoring program, Ready.Set.Practice.

    Nov. 4, 2020 – The State Bar’s Ready.Set.Practice. mentoring program is open for applications.

    Ready.Set.Practice. is a volunteer mentoring program matching new lawyers with experienced mentors who can assist them with law practice management, effective client representation, and career development.

    If you are a lawyer looking for guidance in learning a new practice area or an experienced lawyer interested in sharing your knowledge with a colleague, this program is for you. Connecting with your mentor or mentee has never been easier, given the virtual format we have grown accustomed to.

    Remember, mentoring isn’t just for new lawyers. It can be especially helpful at any point in your career when you are:

    • undergoing a significant transition;

    • assuming new responsibilities;

    • entering a new role, including becoming a partner or a senior manager.

    With the increasing number of retiring attorneys, the dwindling number of attorneys practicing in nonurban areas of the state could mean growing opportunities for those willing to relocate.

    For anyone considering a move to a nonurban setting, the Ready.Set.Practice. program is a great way to connect with a local attorney and begin the process of assimilating into the community. Talk to any attorney who practices in a nonurban setting, and the first thing they recommend is to find a mentor.

    More About the Program

    The program runs the calendar year, from January to December 2021.

    Candidates for mentees and mentors are selected based on:

    • reason for wanting to participate in the program;

    • level of commitment to serving as a resource for future program participants; and

    • geographic and background diversity to establish a strong foundation for the program.

    Mentors and mentees who sign up for the year-long program will watch a short webinar training and receive a handbook.

    Mentees Sign Up by Dec. 1; Mentors Sign Up by Jan. 15

    Sign up by filling out the application at Don’t hesitate – we’ll be filling the openings on a first come, first served basis.

    Questions? Contact Karen Beall, State Bar member services program assistant.

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