Posts Categorized: Group Mentoring

BBA Announces the Establishment of the Committee for New Lawyer Employment

The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce the establishment of a Committee for New Lawyer Employment. This committee was formed to bring together diverse perspectives and leverage the knowledge and experience of seasoned practitioners to help 2020 law school graduates enter the legal profession in this challenging time. The committee is chaired by Chris Strang, founding Partner at Strang, Scott, Giroux, & Young. Attorney Strang articulated the goals of the committee as such: “[G]iven the unique challenges during the global health crisis, our goal is to help 2020 graduates launch their careers in a virtual world and difficult job market.” By focusing on the unique needs of this year’s graduates, the committee will help plan extensive programming with the BBA to help those entering the legal job market attain their first post-graduate positions and succeed once they start their legal careers.

The first in this series of programming will be a Virtual Happy Hour Kickoff Event on Wednesday, September 9th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. Attendees will join committee members and other recent graduates for a conversation about what the needs of recent graduates are moving forward and learn about the programs currently being planned. Whether you are job seeking, or just got your first job offer, this program is for you! Committee Chair Chris Strang will give a keynote address followed by mixing and mingling in randomized breakout rooms. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask the committee their questions about the program and make suggestions on the types of programming they would like to see. This program is part of the BBA’s 2020 Law School Graduate Mentoring Program, but is open to all. If you would like to learn more about the mentoring program, or become a mentor/mentee, you can do so here. You can register to attend this happy hour here.

 If you are interested in learning more about this committee, as well as mentoring and other opportunities for new lawyers, please contact Ariana Gebauer at agebauer@bostonbar.org.

BBA Steps up Mentoring Programs in the Face of Uncertainty in the Profession

Law School Graduate Mentoring:

The 2020 Law School Graduates face unprecedented barriers to entering the legal profession and the BBA rolled out an expanded mentoring program to help in this time of transition. The expanded mentoring program consists of two forms of mentorship: Bar Coaching and Career Transition Coaching. You can learn more about the programs here.

We have already successfully matched nearly 40 pairs of mentors and mentees who are meeting regularly (virtually, of course). Mentors and mentees alike are benefiting from the program. Some early feedback we have received on the program so far includes: “The conversation [with my mentor] was very helpful and motivating. She helped me think through some important study habits and offered some guidance and insight that was very productive.” Another participant remarked, “I found [my mentor] exceptionally kind and willing to help, which was very nice and very welcome. I am grateful for this program this year, since the future seems so uncertain. Thank you so much for administering it!”

If you are interested in signing up to receive a mentor, you can do so by completing this sign-up form. Those seeking to participate as a mentor can sign up here.

Family Law Mentoring:

This year, the Family Law Section launched a new pilot mentoring program that matched experienced family law practitioners willing to offer guidance to new lawyers practicing, or considering practicing, family law. Mentors offer newer lawyers guidance on topics like: networking and business development skills, resume writing or interview prep, professionalism, general information regarding the Boston legal community and what it’s like to practice family law here. To date we have matched 16 pairs of mentors and mentees who are connecting regularly.

If you are interested in signing up to receive a mentor, you can do so by completing this sign-up form. Those seeking to participate as a mentor can sign up here.

Active Duty Military and Veterans Forum Mentoring:

The BBA remains committed to service members, and those that support them, in the legal community. The BBA’s Military & Veterans Mentoring Program connects students, or those new to the Boston area or legal practice, with more senior members that share their unique perspective: they are, were, or advocate for, our service men and women. Over the last few years of the program we have supported as many as 55 matched pairs of mentors and mentees, we currently support 22 pairs of mentors and mentees that meet regularly, and we are always looking to make additional matches for this one of a kind program.  

Mentees of this program benefit from guidance on resume writing, interview prep, learning about Boston’s legal community, as well as the aspects of mentoring that can only be found in this forum: transitioning from the military to a legal career or how to balance both military and civilian lives.

If you are interested in signing up to receive a mentor, you can do so by completing this sign-up form. Those seeking to participate as a mentor can sign up here.

BBA Announces New Family Law Mentoring Program

How to participate (Mentors):

The Family Law Section is launching a new pilot mentoring program. We are currently seeking experienced family law practitioners willing to offer guidance to new lawyers who are practicing family law or considering practicing family law. BBA members with five years or more of family law experience are eligible to sign-up as mentors. Mentors will be matched with a new lawyer. A mentor can offer guidance on topics like networking and business development skills, resume writing or interview prep, professionalism, general information regarding the Boston legal community and what it’s like to practice family law here. Mentors are asked to commit to connecting with their mentee 1-2 times a month for a 12-month period for this pilot programming.

Click here to complete the online sign-up form. We will begin matching mentors and mentees in mid June, and continue to make matches as new mentors and mentees sign up. The Section will host a roundtable on tips and tricks for mentoring.

How to participate (Mentees):

New or aspiring family law practitioners are invited to sign up to receive mentorship through the BBA’s Pilot Family Law Mentoring Program, which connects new lawyers to the Boston area with more senior members of Bar. 

BBA members who are less than 5 years in practice are invited to sign-up. Mentees can request mentorship and guidance on specific skills, like resume writing or interview prep, or may simply be seeking to connect with a more experienced attorney to learn about the ins and outs of Boston’s legal community.

Click here to complete the online sign-up form. We will begin matching mentors and mentees in mid June, and continue to make matches as new mentors and mentees sign up.

For more information contact Doug Newton at dnewton@bostonbar.org

BBA Kicks Off Sixth Year of Group Mentoring Program

More than 300 new lawyers have participated in the Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Group Mentoring Program.

More than 300 new lawyers have participated in the Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Group Mentoring Program.

The BBA’s Group Mentoring Program officially kicked off year six last week, as 65 eager young attorneys in pursuit of expanding their professional support network stopped by 16 Beacon Street. The mentees got to connect with one another and to get a taste of the meetings and career development programs on tap for the current year thanks to an orientation and kickoff reception.

This year, eight seasoned attorneys from various practice areas have volunteered to serve as mentors. The Program has two main goals: to encourage leadership and success of diverse lawyers while exposing them to the Boston legal community by building personal relationships.

Stay tuned for more on this program.

BBA Opens its Doors to New Mentees

Interested attorneys attended an information session on the Group Mentoring Program at the BBA last night.

Interested attorneys attended an information session on the Group Mentoring Program at the BBA last night.

Last night, the BBA welcomed over 50 new lawyers to its headquarters to learn more about the Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Group Mentoring Program. The meeting gave interested participants an overview of the program and introduced them to the program co-chairs, past participants, and BBA staff. After the program wrapped up, mentees submitted application forms and mingled at a networking reception.

Mentee applications will be accepted through Friday, September 27th 2013. The program consists of several mentoring groups about 8 new lawyer mentees and 2 mentors who meet monthly for discussions about career paths, work life balance and professional challenges and participants also gather for program-wide seminars and networking events at the BBA. The Mentoring Committee will be launching the new mentoring groups next month. More information on the program and the application form are available here. Contact Susan Helm at shelm@bostonbar.org with questions.

Calling All New Lawyers – The BBA’s Group Mentoring Program

The Diversity & Inclusion Section’s popular Group Mentoring Program is kicking off its 5th program year with an information session on Wednesday, September 18th at 5:30pm at the BBA. The meeting will connect interested participants with program co-chairs and past participants to answer questions and give them a sense of what the program has to offer. A meet-and-greet reception will follow the information session.

Mentoring groups meet monthly for discussions about career paths, work life balance and professional challenges, and participants also gather for program-wide seminars and networking events.  Mentee applications will become available at the orientation meeting. The meeting is mandatory for anyone interested in applying to the program. Click here to RSVP or contact Susan Helm at shelm@bostonbar.org for more information.

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Mentees Celebrate at the BBA

On Tuesday evening, mentees and mentors from the Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Group Mentoring Program braved the sweltering heat to celebrate a successful year of group mentoring at the BBA.

Steven Joseph (MA Office of the Attorney General), Caitlin Peale (Conservation Law Foundation), Chuck Walker (MA Division of Professional Licensure), Jason Savageau, and Tai Antoine.

Steven Joseph (MA Office of the Attorney General), Caitlin Peale (Conservation Law Foundation), Chuck Walker (MA Division of Professional Licensure), Jason Savageau, and Tai Antoine.

The program brings together diverse Boston-based attorneys in mentoring groups composed of 10 new lawyer mentees and 2 seasoned mentors, for monthly meetings designed to address the common professional development challenges that all new lawyers face while fostering supportive professional relationships. If you are interested in participating in the program in the upcoming year, contact Susan Helm at shelm@bostonbar.org for more information or see the program handbook here.