Career Resource Center

ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

Mentoring imageThe ISBA proudly supports mentoring and acknowledges the value of having experienced lawyers provide professional guidance and share practical knowledge with new lawyers during the critical transition from law student to legal practitioner.

The ISBA offers:

  • An Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism-Approved Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • CLE training for new lawyers to meet Commission requirements
  • Online discussions groups
  • Links to mentoring resources

ISBA’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

This year-long mentoring program pairs ISBA lawyers with new admittees to provide them guidance during their first years of practice. All participants will receive 6 MCLE credits, including 6 PMCLE credits, upon successful program completion of the year long program.

Mentors

In addition to the above MCLE credit, mentors will also receive an ISBA Certificate for a complimentary live, onsite ISBA CLE program (up to 6 hours of MCLE credit), upon completion of the program.

Enrollment deadline is December 16, 2016

This was a great program, and my mentee and I have developed a great relationship which I am sure will continue over the years.
– David Rudolph (Mentor)

Find out more and apply

Mentees

Information about fulfilling the Commission's 15-hour accredited MCLE requirement for newly admitted attorneys, including the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program.

The mentoring program has been truly wonderful for my professional development. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful CLE opportunity.
Judson Graham (New Attorney)

Find out more and apply

Program Overview

  • Acceptance into the program
  • Matching with an experienced ISBA attorney mentor
  • Attend the required orientation meeting on January 18, 2017 at the ISBA office in Chicago or via live webcast. (Viewing at the same location as your mentor is required.)
  • Development of a mentoring plan (templates provided)
  • Completion of the plan through a minimum of 8 in-person meetings between mentor and mentee within the one-year mentoring term.
  • Completion and submission of the Plan Completion Attestation
  • Completion of Attorney Application for Mentoring CLE Certificate for receipt of 6 MCLE credits, including 6 professional responsibility MCLE credits.

Scope of ISBA Program

ISBA’s program will focus on matching new attorneys who live and/or practice in areas of the state unserved by other commission-approved mentoring programs. To see if there is already a program in your geographic area, visit http://www.2civility.org/projects/mentoring/

We will notify you in early January with the outcome of our mentor/mentee matches, but we cannot guarantee a match.


Discussion Groups

The ISBA has a variety of discussion groups where ISBA members can as questions and get answers including:

Mentor-Mentee Discussion Group

Open to all new lawyers and experienced lawyers who want to give back. It is a place where no question is too dumb!

Other Open Discussion Groups

We also have very active groups open to all ISBA members for generl discussion and several broad practice areas.

Section Discussion Groups

Most ISBA sections also have a related discussion group restricted to members of those sections.

Find out more about ISBA Discussion Groups


Other Mentoring Resources


Contacts

For more information about ILSCCP approved mentoring programs, contact Mark Palmer, Professionalism Counsel, at 312-363-6211 or mark.palmer@2civility.org

For questions about the ISBA Mentoring Program, please contact Jeanne Heaton, ISBA Director of Continuing Legal Education, at jheaton@isba.org or Ashley Van De Velde at avandevelde@isba.org  Or call (217) 525-1760 or (800) 252-8908.