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).