Welcome to the LCLD Connections newsletter! This newsletter is primarily for attorney Mentors and student Mentees participating in the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program but is also aimed at keeping others affiliated with the program up to date on activities and resources. If this is the first Connections newsletter you've received, we welcome your feedback!
If you are a new Mentor or Mentee this fall, welcome to the program! Hopefully everyone, especially Mentees, is looking forward to a much needed holiday break!
– Sarah Wintle, Pipeline Programs Manager
In This Issue:
- Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Launch, Fall 2013
- More Mentors Needed in Select Cities
- Mentoring Dos & Don'ts: How to Get Off on the Right Foot - Guest Column
- Important Resources for Mentors and Mentees
- Articles of Interest
- Best Wishes to Sarah Wintle and Welcome to Louise Bald
- New Contact Information?
Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Launch, Fall 2013
August marked the launch of the 2013-14 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program and we're excited that it's our largest group of Mentors and Mentees yet! Here are the current stats:
- 32 cities overall
- 29 cities have "launched" the program with students
- 1 city set to launch in November
- 2 cities launch date TBD
- 1011 Mentor attorneys
- 617 Mentors and Mentees matched
If you HAVE been matched with a student Mentee, we hope you have made contact via phone/email to schedule an initial meeting. If you have yet to connect, please do so as soon as possible. If you've attempted to contact your Mentor/Mentee two or more times and have received no response, please email Sarah Wintle for assistance.
If you HAVE NOT been matched with a student Mentee, there are two possible reasons. Several cities have yet to identify a launch date for students. Once a date is identified, students will begin registering on the LCLD website and matching will begin. The other possible reason that you may not have been matched is related to the number of students that have registered. In several cities that have already launched registration, there simply have not been enough student registrations to match all attorney Mentors. In that case, LCLD is working to re-advertise the program to students at local law schools in the hopes of finding a student Mentee for all attorney Mentors. For information about when your city launched or when it will launch with students, please visit the LCLD website.
As a testament to the success of the LCLD Individual Mentoring Program (IMP), we've had more students register for the program in select cities than we have available Mentor attorneys. The cities where there is a need for additional Mentor attorneys include:
- Charlotte, NC (2)
- Houston, TX (3)
- Lexington, KY (1)
- Los Angeles, CA (4)
- Orange County, CA (17)
- Philadelphia, PA (6)
- San Francisco, CA (13)
- Seattle, WA (12)
- Silicon Valley, CA (1)
- Washington, DC (47)
Mentoring Dos & Don'ts: How to Get Off on the Right Foot - Guest Column
Now that LCLD has worked its magic and, in its infinite wisdom, matched Mentors to Mentees, it is up to each pair of lawyers and law students to craft a mentoring relationship that maximizes the mentoring fulfillment for the Mentors and, most importantly, the professional development benefit for the Mentee. The first step toward accomplishing that is the initial meeting. Based upon my experience as a Mentor in the program, and as City Lead for the Washington, DC program, I've developed some "Dos and Don'ts" that might be helpful in establishing a new, and hopefully lasting, mentoring relationship.
- Make contact with your Mentee promptly. An introductory email is a good start.
- Arrange in-person contact with your Mentee promptly. Coffee or lunch works well -- the important thing is to get together.
- Request a copy of your Mentee's resumé and review it in advance of your first meeting.
- Try and make the initial meeting an equal exchange -- tell your Mentee about your path and actively listen as your Mentee describes theirs.
- Be sensitive to your Mentee's career goals -- they may differ from the path you have taken, but that doesn't mean you can't help.
- Close the initial meeting with a game plan for future contacts and other follow-ups.
- Let your work schedule delay the initial get-together (momentum can be lost quickly) -- there's always time for a quick coffee.
- Be put off if your Mentee doesn't reply right away (and do find a tactful way to encourage responsiveness to professional contacts in future) -- keep trying and advise LCLD if you continue to have trouble.
- Forget what it was like to be a young law student, just starting down the career path -- put yourself in your Mentee's shoes and arm them with your wisdom and experience.
- Overthink it -- you are not expected to solve the problems of the world in this first meeting, you are just making an initial connection and starting down a path with your Mentee.
- Reply promptly to the first contact from your Mentor.
- Be flexible about scheduling your initial meeting.
- Do some advance research on your Mentor's practice prior to meeting.
- Come prepared with questions for your Mentor.
- Be prepared to describe to your Mentor your path to law school and your goals going forward.
- Seek pointers from classmates who have already worked with LCLD Mentors.
- Bring a pad along to take note of suggestions your Mentor might make.
- Be intimidated in dealing with your Mentor -- they were a 1L once!
- Be afraid to openly share your professional goals, challenges you've faced, and even your doubts about a legal career with your Mentor -- the more they know, the more they can help.
- Use your mentoring meeting to solicit your Mentor for a job -- that is not the purpose of the program.
- Be late for your meeting!
Best of luck to all of our Mentor-Mentee pairs as they launch their mentoring relationships!
Author Notes: Walter Lohmann is the LCLD City Lead for Washington, DC and is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis in the same city. In addition to specializing in environmental law at Kirkland & Ellis, Walt also co-chairs the firm wide Diversity Committee.
Important Resources for Mentors and Mentees
This section was included in the September 2013 issue of the Connections newsletter but because there are now many more Mentors and Mentees participating in the program, we thought including it again in the November issue might be helpful.
LCLD Mentoring Toolkit
The LCLD Mentoring Toolkit was designed to provide a basic roadmap for the work that Mentors and Mentees do together over the course of their relationship. From guiding principles to setting goals for your work together, we think these tools can help tremendously to make your relationship a successful one. For more information, visit the LCLD Mentoring Toolkit.
12 Months of Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities
LCLD would like to ensure that all student Mentees have access to as much information as possible with respect to opportunities in the law, and as a result, we are making available a resource called 12 Months of Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities. Note that the opportunities listed in this resource are organized by the month in which the application is due. Please be sure to review opportunities well in advance of deadlines to ensure you have time to submit a competitive application. To download this listing of opportunities, please click here. For specific questions about individual opportunities, please contact the organization associated with each listing.
Often times individual sections of the LCLD website are highlighted for the purpose of bringing attention to certain programs or resources. What is often overlooked is the broad spectrum of activities in which LCLD is involved. With that in mind, we simply encourage you to take a few minutes to explore the whole website! You can find more information about who is a Member of LCLD, what other programs are available to students, and upcoming events that may be in your city. We think you'll like what you find at www.lcldnet.com!
Articles of Interest
The articles below 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.
By Jennifer Pollard, Director, Judicial Clerkships & Government Programs, and Teresa Schmiedeler, Director, Pro Bono and Public Service Initiative, University of Maryland School of Law
NALP Bulletin, November 2013, Page 6
By Grover Cleveland, Author, and Katherine Larkin-Wong, President, Ms. JD
The Careerist (a lawjobs.com blog), August 1, 2013
Staff - HispanicBusiness.com
HispanicBusiness.com, September 12, 2013
Best Wishes to Sarah Wintle and Welcome to Louise Bald
It's with great sadness that we announce that Sarah Wintle (right), who has been with LCLD's Success in Law School Mentoring Program since its inception, will be leaving LCLD to focus more fully on her family's alternative energy business, Exeter Agri-Energy. We are very sad to see her go, but excited about Exeter Agri-Energy's success. In her time with LCLD, Sarah has grown the LCLD mentoring program into the largest 1L law school mentoring program in the United States. We hope you join us in wishing Sarah the best in her future endeavors!
Beginning January 1, 2014, Louise Bald (left) will assume program management duties for the mentoring program. Previously, Louise worked with the LCLD Partnerships & Teams Committee and she is very excited about continuing to grow and support the work of LCLD.
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 LCLDMentoring@lcldnet.com. 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!