Consumer Attorneys Mentor Program
Our next Mentor Program Enrollment period begins March 2013
Consumer Attorneys’ Mentor Program offers new lawyers the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with accomplished attorneys and benefit from their experience. The program serves as a forum for experienced attorneys to share their wisdom with new lawyers and offer advice and guidance on legal issues, business development, procedural and ethical dilemmas and even office politics.
You must be a current member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles to be eligible for participation in the Mentor Program. Once we receive your enrollment form, you will be assigned a Mentor or Mentee and will be notified via mail with his/her contact information. Please be as detailed as possible on the enrollment form with your preferences and practice concentration(s).
Mentorships are ultimately based on personal relationships. It takes more than an initial introduction to develop a successful mentor relationship. The mentor and mentee must make a commitment of time to develop the trust and interpersonal relationship that is necessary for a fully-engaged mentoring relationship. There are various ways to develop a successful and rewarding mentor relationship.
Consider an initial face-to-face meeting: Although phone introductions are quick and convenient, a face-to-face meeting is more likely to personalize the relationship.
Exchange e-mail addresses, office and cell numbers: The hallmark of a good mentorship is that both parties are available for each other. By exchanging this information, you both implicitly send a message that you are both available and committed to developing a successful mentorship.
Schedule regular meetings: Mentors, do you have some down time in between court hearings? Are you taking a lunch break? Are you in trial and wouldn't mind a mentee observing? Are you attending a CAALA seminar, mixer event or meeting? These are just a few examples of times you can meet with your mentee.
Spontaneous communication: It's quick and easy to send an e-mail to say hello or pass on a new case law to your mentee.