Welcome to the LCLD Connections Newsletter! This newsletter is for all attorney Mentors and student Mentees participating the LCLD Law School Mentoring Program. In it, we share important program updates and highlights.
May marks the end of the semester for most law students around the country - congratulations on completing the year! Be sure to catch up with your Mentor or Mentee to exchange information about summer plans, especially if you'll be out of town. And if you plan to be in the same area over the summer, be sure to make plans to get together!
-Sarah Wintle, Pipeline Programs Manager
In This Issue:
- First City Lead Focus Group & Training a Success
- Group Mentoring Program - Winter/Spring 2013 Recap
- Mentoring Makes All the Difference - Guest Column
- Articles of Interest
- Now Enrolling! Mentors for Fall 2013 Launch of IMP
- Other News
- New Contact Information?
First City Lead Focus Group & Training a Success
We're excited about the growth of the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. Since the program's inception in 2012, we've had more than 2,800 Mentors and Mentees participate in 30+ cities; we never could have reached that milestone without the help of City Leads. The City Leads in our 30 cities work as LCLD's liaison with law schools and attorneys and generally help to coordinate LCLD's efforts locally.
In an effort to make the program as consistent as possible for Mentees in all cities, LCLD held its first City Lead Focus Group & Training April 11, 2013 at the Hunton & Williams Washington, DC office for new and existing City Leads.
In addition to a presentation of City Lead responsibilities and tools, the program included a panel presentation of "Tips and Tools for a Successful Mentoring Program" by Neil Dennis, Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Georgetown University Law Center, and Eliza Musallam, Diversity Liaison & Career Counselor at American University Washington College of Law. The program also included a presentation on "Understanding Generational Diversity" by Kito Huggins, Manager, Strategic Business Development Initiatives of LCLD Member Firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During the afternoon session, Sarah Wintle, LCLD Pipeline Program Manager, discussed best practices for both the Individual and Group Mentoring Programs with City Leads, as well as future improvements for the coming academic year.
City Leads are still needed in Pittsburgh, Columbus, and St. Louis. If you are interested in becoming a City Lead or if you have an attorney at your organization in mind for this role, please contact Sarah Wintle.
Group Mentoring Program - Winter/Spring 2013 Recap
The LCLD Group Mentoring Program (GMP) was launched in February 2012 and since then, more than 20 events have taken place in various cities around the country. GMP events are an opportunity for 1L, 2L, and 3L students to hear insights from experienced and successful lawyers from some of the country's finest companies and law firms. The GMP sessions are designed to provide guidance in an informal, interactive, and collegial setting to support students' success in law school. GMP event topics have included practice area choice, networking, resume building, professionalism, exam-taking, and stress management.
This spring, nine events were held in cities around the country (see photos below!) and other cities have already started planning events for the fall. Students and attorneys who attended the events overwhelmingly agreed that the opportunity to hear from attorneys representing a variety of practice areas and to network with other attendees was incredibly valuable. For ongoing updates about GMP events as they are scheduled, please visit the LCLD website.
Events took place this spring in the following cities:
- February 20 - New York, NY @Cadwalader
- February 21 - Chicago, IL @DePaul University
- February 26 - Seattle, WA @K&L Gates
- February 28 - Washington, DC @King & Spalding
- March 19 - Richmond, VA @McGuireWoods
- March 21 - Houston, TX @McGuireWoods
- April 3 - Dallas, TX @Thompson & Knight
- April 9 - Philadelphia, PA @Pepper Hamilton
- April 9 - Raleigh/Durham, NC @K&L Gates (in Research Triangle Park)
If you are an attorney interested in hosting an event at your organization or helping to plan an event, please contact Sarah Wintle for more information about how to get involved.
GMP Event in NYC - 2/20/13
GMP Event in Chicago - 2/21/13
GMP Event in DC - 2/28/13
GMP Event in Houston - 3/21/13
GMP Event in Raleigh - 4/9/13
Mentoring Makes All the Difference - Guest Column
By Valerie Jackson and Caroline Kwok
Mentoring can be a very rewarding experience. It provides opportunities to advance your career, diversify your perspectives, develop communication skills and learn new ways of navigating through challenging situations. In this article, we will provide some basic mentoring tips and discuss how mentees can actively energize this valuable relationship.
Laying a Strong Foundation
The first step in creating a successful mentoring relationship is to identify your goals: What do you want out of a mentoring relationship? How will you invest in the relationship? Good mentors will want to assist you in your development but they aren't mind readers! Discuss your goals with them and inquire about their goals as well. Both of you should be active listeners who are open and available to interact regularly.
After you have identified your goals and discussed them with your mentor, focus on the basic, non-negotiable recipe for a successful mentoring relationship: trust, mutual respect, and the absence of competition ("TMA"):
- Trust: Trust is the foundation of every relationship. Without trust, you can't have tough conversations.
- Mutual Respect: Mutual respect enables the mentor and mentee to foster trust and to communicate openly.
- Absence of Competition: True mentoring cannot occur if one person views the other as a competitor in any sense.
Diversifying Your Portfolio of "Investors"
Investment professionals agree that diversifying your investment portfolio will likely help you to reach your long-range financial goals. The same logic should be applied when creating your portfolio of personal investors. Each person who invests in you should contribute something different and possess greater knowledge than you do about certain topics. An example portfolio of investors could include a senior professional in your school or community, a peer in another organization or industry, and a personal friend or relative whose opinion you value (for occasional reality checks!). Don't forget the TMA recipe!
Learning by Observing
One of the best ways to learn the ropes is to observe and learn from others. Study what your mentors do right and apply those strategies and methods to your own professional life. Listen to their stories of failure as well. You might be able to avoid making the same mistakes.
Navigating the Two-Way Street
Just as there are expectations for mentors, there also are expectations for mentees. Mentoring is not something that happens to you; you must be proactive and engaged. Show your mentors and investors how they will benefit from investing in you--add value to the relationship. If you invest wisely in and think critically about your mentoring relationships and your career, you certainly will reap the rewards!
Author Notes: Valerie Jackson is a former securities lawyer and the Firmwide Director of Diversity & Inclusion at K&L Gates. Caroline Kwok has a Master's in Organization Development and is the Legal Recruitment & Development Regional Manager and Manager of Diversity & Inclusion for K&L Gates.
Articles of Interest
LCLD is committed to providing supporting resources to Mentors and Mentees participating in the Success in Law School Mentoring Program. With that in mind, we're going to begin providing links in the Connections Newsletter to articles that may be of interest to both Mentors and Mentees. If you find articles about the mentoring experience that you think may be of interest to others, please forward them to Sarah Wintle for inclusion in upcoming newsletters.
Structure Makes Mentoring Relationships Work
By: David Mielach, BusinessNewsDaily Staff Writer
The Power of Mentoring
By John Cannizzaro
The Bencher, March/April 2013, pg. 22
Diversity in Practice: The power of positive feedback
By Arin Reeves, Nextions
Now Enrolling! Mentors for Fall 2013 Launch of IMP
Beginning in June 2013, LCLD will start enrolling new LCLD Mentor attorneys to work with a whole new group of 1Ls who will begin school in fall 2013. If you intend to continue to work with the student Mentee with whom you were matched in fall/winter 2012, there is no need to re-enroll in the program--you will continue to receive information about the program from LCLD. If your mentoring relationship has ended and you would like to work with a new Mentee, you may enroll for the fall 2013 launch here. Further, if you have a colleague(s) who you believe may be interested in participating in the program, please direct them to the enrollment page on the LCLD website and have them sign up.
All newly enrolled Mentors will be matched with student mentees in their geographic area during October and November of 2013. You will receive information about the program once you enroll and during the summer, but in the interim, please visit the LCLD website for more general information about the Success in Law School Mentoring Program. If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Sarah Wintle.
The Conference on the Minority Lawyer will be held in New Orleans May 13-15, 2013. This conference is designed for the young, minority lawyer with programming aimed at both law-firm and corporate, in-house attorneys. For more information or to register, visit the conference website.
Indianapolis Bar Association 2013 Diversity Job Fair will be held in Indianapolis August 7-8, 2013. Be it big firm, small firm, government agency or a corporate environment, if you are a rising 2L looking to network and secure a job in Indiananpolis, then this job fair is the event for you. Our employers are all local to Indianapolis; if you are interested in practicing law in a Midwestern city that offers a metropolitan lifestyle, sign up now. Rising 2L students should register for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity's website. Student registration deadline is July 7, 2013. For more information, contact Caren Chopp.
LCLD also wanted to make you aware of a summer opportunity for Latino law students interested in an IP career. The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and Microsoft have teamed up to create an exciting new program designed to foster America's technological leadership by promoting diversity in the field of intellectual property. Up to 25 law students nationwide will participate in a weeklong, all expenses paid, IP law immersion program July 7-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Participants will receive substantive instruction, hands-on practical experience, writing workshops, visits to U.S. government institutions, networking opportunities, and contacts and avenues for potential employment. Please visit The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute webpage for more information, or pass this link along to colleagues who may be interested. The deadline to apply to The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute is May 15, 2013.
New Contact Information?
With several thousand individuals now involved in the mentoring program, LCLD must constantly work to keep Mentor and Mentee contact information up-to-date. If you have updates to your contact information, especially an email address, please send it to Sarah Wintle. Likewise, for Mentors, if you're planning a move to a new firm or corporate law department, please let us know so that we are able to keep you informed after your move!