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 it's also aimed at keeping others affiliated with the program up to date on activities and resources. As always, we welcome your feedback!
-Louise Bald, Pipeline Program Manager
In This Issue:
- Mentors Still Needed in Selected Cities
- Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Launch Update
- What's the Secret to Success in Law School and in Life? --Guest Column
- Important Resources for Mentors and Mentees
- Articles of Interest
- New Contact Information?
Mentors Still Needed in Selected Cities
The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program is still in need of mentors in the following cities:
- Los Angeles
- Orange County
- San Francisco
- Washington, DC
Register now at: www.lcldnet.org/beamentor
Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Launch Update
Many of you have received your match information for the Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) for this year. We hope that you have reached out to one another and kicked off your mentoring relationship.
If you have not received your match information, don't panic! We are working hard to process the student and attorney registrations and send out the pairings as quickly as we can. There are still spaces available in many cities for students--register here.
If you have any questions, or are having trouble connecting with your Mentor or Mentee, please contact Louise Bald.
What's the Secret to Success in Law School and in Life? --Guest Column
By Brian Parsons, Macy's, Inc. and an LCLD Mentor
Economists--as well as cynics--will tell you that, "There's no such thing as a free lunch" ("TNSTAAFL" is the Twitter version). When I was in law school, there were a number of law student associations representing a seemingly endless array of interests and backgrounds. I joined exactly zero of these groups. However, these organizations frequently hosted guest speakers, and they enticed students like me to attend by offering free lunch. These free lunch offers increased my attendance at these functions from zero to nearly 100 percent.
Click here to read more about Brian's advice, including ideas for discussion with your Mentor.
Important Resources for Mentors and Mentees
We've highlighted various resources in this newsletter in the past but decided that the start of a new school year was a great opportunity to collect them in one place and make them available to Mentors and Mentees again!
LCLD Mentoring Tool Kit
The LCLD Mentoring Tool Kit 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 Tool Kit.
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.org!
If you have any questions, please contact Louise Bald.
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 Louise Bald for inclusion in upcoming newsletters.
Learning To Love Criticism
By Tara Mohr
NY Times, September 27, 2014
Alumni Networking: The Art of the "Professional Coffee Chat"
By Julie Anna Alvarez
NALP Bulletin, September 2014
The Art of Asking Questions
By Marshall Goldsmith
Talent Management, August 20, 2014
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!