SDCBA-NLD 4-6 Years Mentoring Circles
NLD is excited to announce the return of NLD Mentoring Circles! NLD Mentoring Circles group NLD attorneys (4 to 6 years of practice) with “seasoned attorneys” (attorneys with more than 7 years of practice) based on practice area. Groups are divided into the following areas of practice: bankruptcy, business and corporate, construction, criminal, entertainment and sports, estate planning, family, general civil litigation, immigration, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, healthcare, personal injury, and tax. Prior to the spring kick-off event, participants will be placed in a circle with approximately 6-10 other attorneys which will include at least one seasoned attorney in each circle. At the kick-off event, participants will meet and mingle with others in their circle. The purpose of NLD Mentoring Circles is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, experiences, advice, and support with a group of attorneys in the same area of practice.
A Kick-Off event will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 where participants will meet and mingle with others in their circles. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity! Registration is open now through April 17, 2013.
SDCBA-NLD 0-4 Years Mentoring Program
The New Lawyer Division is launching a special mentoring program for Law School Graduates and attorneys in practice less than 4 years. Accepted applicants will benefit from a two part series of programming and a mentorship that will lead to a Certificate of Completion. Throughout the first part of the program, participants will fine-tune their skills by attending a variety of seminars and educational courses for credit. Applications will be reviewed and a limited number of people will be selected for inclusion in the program. The application is due Friday, April 19, 2013 at 5:00pm.
Approximate program dates and general topics include:
- Thursday, May 2- Kick Off Event/Program #1: Skills Training- Networking
- Second or Third Week in May (6-10 or 13-17)- Program #2: Ethics & Civility
- Wednesday, May 15- Program #3: Webinar- Getting A Grip on Your Student Loans
- Week of May 27-31- Program #4: Skills Training- Building a Professional Wardrobe on a Budget
- Week of June 10-14- Program #5: Etiquette & the Business Lunch
- Week of June 24-28- Program #6: Legal Research Seminar
- Week of July 8-12- Program #7: Legal Writing Seminar
- Week of July 22-26- Program #8: Behind the Scenes at the Court: Following a Filing
Participants who complete 5 of 8 required programs will be paired with a seasoned attorney in his or her practice area. Participants will complete relevant tasks assigned by mentors and a perfected work sample. Participants will learn a variety of skills through a hands-on approach and leave the program with substantial experience to note on their resumes. At the successful conclusion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.
To be eligible to participate:
- Law School Graduate or a California licensed attorney in practice less than 4 years, and a San Diego County Bar Association member
- Applicant must be able to dedicate time, commitment, and interest in this program: attend 5 of the 8 programs and devote time to meet with his or her mentor
- Applicant should be in attendance at the Kick-Off Event/Program #1, to be held on May 2, 2013
*APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 AT 5:00PM.*
*KICK-OFF EVENT/PROGRAM #1 IS THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013 FROM 5:30-7:30PM.*
(If you would like more detailed descriptions of the specific areas of legal practice, please click here.)
New Lawyer Division (NLD) - Law Student Mentoring Program
NLD is pleased to offer third year law students an opportunity to connect with practicing attorneys through its Law Student Mentoring Program. The law student mentoring program structured in a "circle" format so that it is consistent with the NLD Mentoring Circles Program, creating an easier transition for third year law students from education to practice. A circle is made up of approximately 5 students and 2-3 attorneys who have been in practice since before June of 2012, based on a shared practice area interest. The practice areas available are: Bankruptcy, Criminal, Family, General Civil Litigation, Real Property, Trusts & Estates, and Undecided. The Undecided group will have a mix of practice areas for those students who haven't yet determined which area they are interested in practicing.
The goal of the format is to ease the burden on the participating attorneys, allowing multiple forms of guidance so that if one attorney is busy, the other attorneys involved can step in and continue the mentorship. For the third year law students, the circles allow interaction with students from other San Diego law schools, and provide great opportunity to meet attorneys and experience different practioner styles. All program participants will be invited to attend a kick-off event.
Registration for Law Students for the Fall 2013 Law Student Mentoring Program is not yet open. However, Attorney Mentors for the Fall 2013 Law Student Mentoring Program are now being accepted. To register as an Attorney Mentor for the Fall, click here.
To find out more about what's involved while being a Mentor, click here.