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Posted on: Jan 4, 2016

The IndyBar Women & the Law Division (WLD) will soon commence its 2016 Mentoring Program at the kickoff luncheon on February 23. We've had many happy participants from the four prior programs and we look forward to another great year. 

Description of the program:

We will assign mentoring teams consisting of three to five participants depending upon the interest and will try to have a balanced mix of "mentors" and "mentees" on each team. Participants with the most legal experience will be designated as mentors. While the primary goal of our program is for the more experienced lawyers to mentor the less experienced lawyers (or law students), we fully expect that the mentors will end up learning from each other, as will the mentees. 

The team approach offers a number of benefits over a single mentor/mentee relationship. This approach provides flexibility when mentors find themselves limited on time. Lawyers are busy people, and our commitments to our clients take precedence. Court dates, client meetings and other activities can crop up to interfere with scheduled lunch meetings. Should one or two team members need to bow out of a team meeting, the remaining members can still meet and the mentoring will continue. In addition, many young lawyers and law students crave mentoring but do not know what questions to ask. In the team atmosphere, the mentors' answers to a question posed by one mentee will benefit all three mentees. Most importantly, we hope the team approach will foster the creation of a long-lasting networking circle. 

What is involved?

Participants must commit to meeting face-to-face with their teams at least four times in 2016. Face-to-face meetings might include sharing a meal, going out for drinks or attending an IndyBar event together. For example, consider attending WLD's annual Summer Reception or its holiday party to benefit the families of Coburn Place. Your team could also plan to attend an event relevant to a shared practice area or the practice of law in general, such as attending a Supreme Court argument, volunteering for Legal Line or going to an IndyBar seminar. These are simply suggestions; we want each team to do what works for them. We encourage you to have fun with it!

The groups with the highest participation report getting the most out of the program, so please sign up only if you have the time to commit to meeting with your group throughout 2016. 

Save the Date!
The program will begin with a kickoff luncheon in the IndyBar Education Center on Tuesday, February 23 from noon to 1 p.m. Please mark your calendars. The luncheon registration will be $12 for WLD Members and $7 for students. Go here to register for the luncheon today. The luncheon will feature a short presentation by a guest speaker with the remainder of the time devoted to allowing the teams to meet each other and interact for the first time. 

Interested? Please sign up!
Participation in the mentoring program is free for WLD Members. If you would like to participate in WLD's 2015 Mentoring Program, please email rbell@bgdlegal.com with the following:

  • Name
  • Contact Information
  • Years of Practice
  • Primary Area of Practice
  • Are you willing to serve at your team's scheduling leader? (Responsibilities include initiating contact with other team members when it is time to set up the next team meeting and coordinating responses until a meeting time is selected) 

Also, please indicate one of the following (responses will be confidential) :

  1. I'm new to the program or I would like to be assigned to a new team.
  2. I would like to continue on my 2015 team.
  3. I would like to continue on my 2015 team AND would like to be part of a new team.

Please respond by February 9, 2016. We will notify each participant about their mentoring team assignments prior to the kickoff luncheon. 

If you're attending the kickoff luncheon and participating in the mentoring program, it is important to both register for the luncheon with the Indianapolis Bar Association and to submit the information listed above to the Mentoring Committee via email at rbell@bgdlegal.com. If you only email your information, we won't be able to reserve a seat for you at the luncheon. Likewise, if you register for the luncheon but do not submit your information, we will be unable to pair you with a team.
 
Thank you for your interest in both the luncheon and the program

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