Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Pilot Mentoring Program has begun

The Task Force on Professionalism's Pilot Mentoring Program is being unveiled.

After months of organizing and negotiating how the program will work and best practices; contacting mentors and a difficult selection process of many fine applicants for mentees; and preparing training materials, making final adjustments and last minute trouble shooting, NYCLA and the Task Force on Professionalism are thrilled to be hosting the kick-off party to start the first year of the Pilot Mentoring Program.

Through its surveys and analysis, the Task Force recognized a real need for mentoring amongst New York legal professionals. The mentoring program hopes to fill that need for NYCLA members.

I plan on following the progress of the Mentoring Program through this blog in order to support the Program in two ways: (1) to generate comments on the effectiveness of the Mentoring Program during this first, very crucial year. We would like to get the benefit of suggestions from NYCLA members who are participating in the Program (and those who are not participating, but still have suggestions) in order to work out any kinks and strengthen the Program; and (2) to generate interest in the Program in order to make this a sustainable, perennial Program.

The need for mentoring in the New York legal community is undeniable. Through the NYCLA's Mentoring Program we hope to advance confident lawyers to be more satisfied in their profession.


Anonymous said...

The mentors are uniquely situated to be able to identify quite early in the relationship the specific needs of the mentee relating to the overall goals desired. It would then be most helpful for the mentor to reevaluate whether her relationship with the mentee will achieve that goal. Things that should be identified early in the relationship is whether the mentee should take on a second mentor or whether a different mentor altogether.

Natalie said...

How can one participate in this program?

Task Force on Professionalism said...

Natalie, applications to the pilot program were accepted throughout the fall of last year. The pilot program began this January 2010 and will last all year.

If the pilot program is a success (and we think it will be) we will continue this program next year. We would love if you continue your interest and apply when the 2011program starts.

Keep checking in with this blog for updates on the pilot program.