Mentorship from a more experienced colleague has the potential to strengthen legal skills, increase knowledge, reduce barriers, and expand the network of professional colleagues. Look below to find a variety of ways to participate in a mentorship program as a mentor.
WSBA Mentorship connects members to a variety of mentoring opportunities organized by local bar associations, practice area or type, cultural or community affiliation, and other organizations and WSBA programs.
A free online networking tool made available through our endorsed professional liability partner, ALPS. This resource allows members to set up a profile and indicate whether they are available to act as a mentor.
Unique, free-to-attend events that bring together potential mentors and mentees with similar interests in the legal profession. Past events have focused on leadership, career transitions, and specific practice areas.
Being a Great Mentor
- Be clear about what you are willing and able to provide to your mentee.
- Identify your mentee's goals and help develop a plan for helping her or him reach those goals.
- Create a dialogue and encourage open discussion.
- Introduce your mentee to bar activities, colleagues, community organizations and other networks.
- Be a good role model, including reminding mentees to form questions into hypotheticals to protect client information (RPC 1.6).
(Some tips above have been adapted from the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program. Visit the CAMP Mentoring Tips Tool Box for other helpful tips.)
Resources for Mentors
- A Guide to Understanding the Role of a Mentor
By John Reh; About Money, May 2016
- Mentors Matter: Don't Let Perfection Stop You from Mentoring
By Kristin Holland, September 2014
- Top 10 Qualities of a Good Mentor
Franchise Growth Partners
- How to Be a Great Mentor
By Jacquelyn Smith; Forbes, May 2013
- How to Mentor Another Lawyer
By Lori Keating; GPSolo, July/August 2010
- Who Makes the Best Mentors for Female Associates?
By Holly Clemente; Woman Advocate, February 2012
- The Mentoring Relationship: How to Make it Work and Why It Matters
By Mark A. Fogg, Richard L. Gabriel, and Margrit Lent Parker; The Colorado Lawyer, October 2013
- National Legal Mentoring Consortium