Consumer Attorneys Mentor Program
Mentor Program Purpose
CAALA’s 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.
How it Works
You must maintain active membership status in CAALA for participation in the Mentor Program. Once we receive your ENROLLMENT FORM, you will be assigned a Mentor or Mentee and will receive an introduction email from CAALA. Please be as detailed as possible on the enrollment form with your preferences and practice concentrations.
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.
- Effective communication will be essential to establishing a good relationship. Once assigned, the Mentor and Mentee should share their expectations, including time commitment, best method of contacting each other, and the goals of the mentor relationship.
- Confidentiality: Communication between the Mentor/Mentee should be confidential, in both discussing legal issues or office matters.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 487-1212 with any questions.