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OBA Mentoring Program

Omaha Bar Association Lawyer-To-Lawyer Mentorship Program

The OBA Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program links experienced attorneys with new lawyers who have recently been admitted to the practice of law. Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship designed to assist new lawyers as they begin their legal careers. 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.  By fostering positive mentoring relationships, Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring seeks to elevate the competence, professionalism, and success of Omaha-area lawyers. 

Mentoring Program Overview and Objectives

How it Works

For Mentors (4 Years of Experience Required)

  1. Contact the OBA indicating interest in participating in the program as a mentor. (Contact form here)
  2. Complete the full Mentor Application Form. (Form Here)
  3. Mentors will be contacted by the OBA when chosen as a mentor by a mentee. Contact information on the mentee will be given. Program materials be provided. (Access Program Materials Here)
  4. Mentor and Mentee will meet, complete the OBA Mentoring Plan form jointly, and submit to the OBA within 14 days of the pairing. (Form Here)
  5. Mentor and Mentee will schedule their first two meetings of the mentorship. 
  6. Mentor and Mentee will meet a minimum of six times, in person, over the year of the Program.
  7. At year's end, Mentor will complete an exit evaluation and confirm completion of the program.
  8. Mentors who finish the program will be given a certificate of completion and recognition in the Omaha Bar Association Newsletter and on the OBA website.
  9. Mentors are encouraged to continue to stay in contact with their mentees after formal completion of the Program.

For Mentees (0-2 Years of Experience)

  1. Contact the OBA indicating interest in participating in the program as a mentor. (Contact form here)
  2. Complete the full Mentee Application Form, including listing 3 preferred mentors. (Form Here
    • Mentees can either choose from the Pre-Approved Mentor List (List Here) or nominate another lawyer as mentor. (How to Find a Mentor Doc)
    • Lawyers nominated as mentors (not already approved) will be contacted by the OBA, requesting their participation in the Program. 
  3. Mentees will be contacted by the OBA when matched with a mentor. Contact information on the mentor will be given. Program materials be provided. (Access Program Materials Here)
  4. Mentor and Mentee will meet, complete the OBA Mentoring Plan form jointly, and submit to the OBA within 14 days of the pairing. (Form Here)
  5. Mentor and Mentee will schedule their first two meetings of the mentorship.
  6. Mentor and Mentee will meet a minimum of six times, in person, over the year of the Program.
  7. At year's end, Mentee will complete an exit evaluation and confirm completion of the program.
  8. Mentees who finish the program will be given a certificate of completion and recognition in the Omaha Bar Association Newsletter and on the OBA website.
  9. Mentees are encouraged to continue to stay in contact with their mentors after formal completion of the Program.

Program Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in mentoring a new attorney, but I've never mentored before. Am I still able to participate in the Program? Yes, you can still mentor, even if you haven't mentored before. The OBA has put together a significant number of Program materials to assist. 

Being a mentor in the Program requires a significant time commitment. What's the benefit to mentoring for mentors?  The practice of law is a profession held to the highest of standards, and its through the guidance and support of the newest in the profession that we uphold that high standard. Additionally, many attorneys find mentoring to be rewarding in and of itself, as a way to connect and pass on knowledge learned over years of practice to others. Finally, mentors who complete the program will be publicly thanked and acknowledged for their participation in the Program, raising their profile among their peers.

What if I want to be mentored by an attorney not listed on the Pre-approved Mentor List?  The OBA Program allows for mentees to nominate attorneys to join the program as mentors. The Mentees can contact the potential mentor independently, or have the OBA make the contact for them.

I've been in practice for over 2 years, but I'm still interested in being mentored. Can I be a part of the Program?  At this time, the OBA Program is focused on mentoring those who are newest to the practice, with 0-2 years of experience. On a case-by-case basis, expansion of the Program will be considered for those who are looking for mentorship who do not fit that description.

I've been nominated to be a mentor in the Program. Do I have to accept the nomination? While we encourage those nominated to serve in the Program, we realize that some attorneys will not be able to commit the time required by the Program (min. 9 hours over 6 meetings). 

**Nominate an Attorney to Serve as a Mentor**

 

Read Past President Stu Dornan's Article on Mentoring in the Legal Profession

  

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