February 3, 2012
Lawyer to Lawyer Mentors Meet
Mentors looking to help new lawyers leave the academic world for the real world are taking advantage of the Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program. Around 20 mentors attended an orientation for the program last month at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.
Lawyer to Lawyer is a one-year program that joins new lawyers with experienced attorneys to assist in the transition from law school to practicing law. The mentoring program was initiated by the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Justice Terrence O'Donnell and developed by the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, with input from law schools, bar associations and law firms throughout Ohio.
The orientation provided a review of requirements needed to complete the program and an explanation of the mentoring relationship. Throughout the year mentors and lawyers discuss topics ranging from law office management and client communication to working with support staff and balancing work and personal life. Supplemental materials from the commission are provided online to guide the discussion and ensure consistency in program content.
Attorneys who act as mentors earn 12 hours of CLE credit at the conclusion of the program. New lawyers who successfully complete the program satisfy their New Lawyers Training requirement, provided that they also take three hours of classroom instruction in professionalism, law office management and client fund management. There is no cost to participate in Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring.