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 Needed Nationwide: Register Now
  • Fall 2014 Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Launch Info
  • Tips for Men on Dressing for Success - Guest Column
  • Articles of Interest
  • New Contact Information?

Mentors Needed Nationwide: Register Now

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program is looking to break records! We have yet to exceed last year's Mentor enrollment--so, we still need more Mentors in all of our cities to meet law student interest. We could use your help in making a push for Mentors in your organizations. Maybe some of your lawyers were on vacation when you asked earlier this summer, or maybe your new associates hadn't come on board yet. One more ask could help us meet our Mentor goal for the 2014-2015 academic year. Thanks so much for your help, we look forward to working with you and your Mentors this year!

Register now to be a Mentor for the 2014-2015 academic year: www.lcldnet.org/beamentor

The deadline has been extended to August 31, 2014.

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Fall 2014 Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Launch Info

Law schools participating in the IMP for the upcoming school year should be on the lookout for information from LCLD in the upcoming weeks. This information is very important to share with your diverse 1L students, as it includes details about signing up to be a Mentee. There will be three launch dates available this fall--9/15, 10/1, 10/15--with all schools in a particular city opening registration for students on the same date.

If you have any questions, please contact Louise Bald.

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Tips for Men on Dressing for Success--Guest Column

By Andy Cao, Member, McGlinchey Stafford, 2012 LCLD Fellow

Fall arrives soon, which means returning to campus. Unlike spring semester, Crocs and shorts won't cut it because law school in the fall means on-campus interviews and callbacks. How should a gentleman and student dress for success?[1]

Browse a law firm's web site and you'll notice the attorneys seem to be dressed similarly. This is not a coincidence. The suit is their uniform and it will be yours. The prevailing question in an interviewer's mind is, "Can I imagine this candidate working here?" Your uniform will be part of a package answering, "Yes!" Even with a limited budget, you can look great for multiple interviews.

  1. The Shirt.
  2. The Suit.
  3. Ties.
  4. Footwear.
  5. Business Casual.

Interviewers do not expect you to be as well dressed as them, nor do they want to evaluate you on your appearance. But, attire is part of your non-verbal message, and the goal is to convey that you have good judgment, respectful, and employable, all on a budget.

Click here to read more about each item and the rest of Andy's advice.

[1] Based on how I dress my three year old daughter, I have nothing to offer when it comes to female attire.

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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.

Survey: Social Media Posts Impact Hiring Decisions
By Sherry Karabin
Law Technology News, July 15, 2014

'Get Gritty' Is the New Career Advice for Women Lawyers
By Maria Zilberman
The Recorder, June 17, 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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