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:

  • Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Update
  • Mentor & Mentee Surveys Now Available
  • Out of the Box Networking - Guest Column
  • Group Mentoring Program (GMP) Photo Submission Contest - Win a Gift Card
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program - Consider Applying!
  • Articles of Interest
  • New Contact Information?

Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Update

The matching portion of the 2013-2014 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program closed with our largest group of Mentors and Mentees yet! Here are the final stats:

  • 34 cities overall
  • 32 cities "launched" the program with students
  • 2 cities did not launch
  • 1043 Mentor attorneys
  • 869 Mentors and Mentees matched 

Registration is now closed in all cities.  Mentor registration for the 2014-2015 academic year will begin June 1, 2014.

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Mentor & Mentee Surveys Now Available

Surveys for Mentors and Mentees matched through the IMP are now live.  Please be sure to complete them as soon as possible, as your feedback on the Success in Law School Mentoring Program is highly valued.  Simply click on the appropriate link below to complete your survey now.  Thank you!

Mentor Survey

Mentee Survey

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Out of the Box Networking Tips - Guest Column

By Lori Lorenzo, Deputy Director, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Copyrighted by NALP and Reprinted with Permission

Networking is increasingly more important to law students' job search.  In some cases, a student's aptitude for meeting people, carrying on a conversation, and following up with their professional relationships can make the difference between being employed at graduation and being desperate.  For some students this ability comes naturally, for others the process is terrifying, mysterious, even painful.  To help those students, here are a few suggestions.

  1. Talk to strangers.

  2. Join Groupon.

  3. Learn about improv.

  4. Read a dating book.

Click here to read more about each checklist item.

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Group Mentoring Program (GMP) Photo Submission Contest - Win a Gift Card

The Group Mentoring Program (GMP) is an initiative intended to allow diverse 1L, 2L, and 3L students the opportunity to receive advice and support from successful attorneys representing LCLD Member organizations. GMP events are designed to provide guidance from experienced attorneys in an informal, interactive, and collegial setting. Information on GMP events can be found here.  GMP events during the spring of 2014 are posted now.

We are hosting a photo submission contest for those attending GMP events this spring. The contest will run from February 1st through June 30th, with one winner selected monthly. Announced in the Connections newsletter, winners will receive a $50 gift card to Starbucks.

To submit your photo(s) from a GMP event, please email to Louise Bald.

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1L LCLD Scholars Program - Consider Applying!

LCLD wants to bring to your attention another opportunity available to 1Ls - the 1L LCLD Scholars Program. The 1L Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. More specifically, the 1L Scholars Program provides students with an opportunity to work for LCLD Member organizations during the summer after 1L year. In some cases, Scholars have the opportunity to work for both a law firm and a corporate in-house legal department.

This experience provides to Scholars an opportunity to (1) do work that requires the practical application of skills learned during the first year of law school, (2) network with attorneys and other law students, and (3) gain valuable experience to build on as you progress in your law school career.  A more detailed description of the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, eligibility requirements, application process, and a listing of the 2014 participating organizations can be found here.

Should you have questions about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Louise Bald.

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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.

"I" Is Not for "Isolated" - How Introverts Can Be the Most Successful Networkers

By Francie Scott, Associate Director of the Office of Career & Professional Development, Wake Forest University School of Law
NALP Bulletin, March 2014

Supporting LGBT Students Best Practice Series: LGBT-Friendly Employers

By Morgan Lynn, Public Interest and Government Career Counselor, Georgetown University Law Center, and Erin Wright, Associate Director in the Office of Career Development, Roger Williams School of Law
NALP Bulletin, March 2014

5 Essentials to Make Mentoring Worthwhile

By Harvey Deutschendorf
Fast Company, February 19, 2014

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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!

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