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ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

The time I have spent with my mentor has been invaluable to me -- both personally and professionally.Seth Sanders (2014 New Attorney)

The mentoring program has been truly wonderful for my professional development. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful CLE opportunity. Judson Graham (2014 New Attorney)

I have truly enjoyed the program thus far. Not only the mentoring aspect, but building a nice friendship along the way.John Ambrogi (2014 Mentor)

The 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.

In addition to supporting the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program through training efforts, the ISBA offers a Commission-Approved Mentoring Program. This year-long mentoring program pairs ISBA lawyers with new admittees to provide them guidance during their first years of practice.

Mentoring and MCLE

New Attorneys can select a mentoring program as one option to comply with their MCLE requirement. The MCLE rules – adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court and administered by the MCLE Board of the Court – establish a 15-hour accredited MCLE requirement for newly admitted attorneys, allowing them to choose from the following compliance options described in S. Ct. Rule 793:

  1. A 6-hour Accredited Basic Skills Course plus 9 additional hours of MCLE credit (of your choice); or
  2. Participation in a year-long Mentoring Program approved for 6 credit hours by the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism plus 9 additional hours of MCLE credit (of your choice); or
  3. A 6-hour Basic Skills Course plus Participation in a year-long Mentoring Program approved for 6 credit hours by the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism plus 3 additional hours of MCLE credit (of your choice).

The ISBA Offers Options to Help New Attorneys  Comply with This Requirement!

In addition to participation in ISBA’s Commission-Approved Mentoring Program, the ISBA offers:

  • a complimentary Basic Skills 6 hour course, along with 9 elective hours of your choice, as part of your annual 15 hour Free Online CLE member benefit, sponsored by the ISBA Mutual Insurance company
  • Attendance at most live onsite CLE programs for only $25
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ISBA’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

Participants will receive 6 MCLE credits, including 6 PMCLE credits, upon successful program completion of the year long program. As our way of saying thank you, 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.

Eligibility Requirements

New Attorneys are eligible for the ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • Admitted to practice in Illinois no more than two years prior to the date of beginning the program
  • Registered as “active” on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys
  • Practice law in Illinois or intend to practice law in Illinois State Bar Association
  • ISBA Member (All new attorneys receive a complimentary ISBA membership during their first year of admission to the IL bar. If you haven't already, activate your membership now!)

Program Overview

  • Acceptance into the program
  • Matching with an experienced ISBA attorney mentor
  • Attend the required orientation meeting on January 28, 2015 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/ If you are still interested in applying as a new lawyer mentee for ISBA’s 2015 program, please complete the ISBA New Lawyer Application form.

Eligibility to Participate in Mentoring Program

New Lawyers shall be:
(1) admitted to practice in Illinois no more than two years prior to the date of beginning the program;
(2) be registered on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys as active; and
(3) practice law in Illinois or intend to practice law in Illinois.

If you meet this eligibility requirement and wish to participate in the mentoring program, you may complete the New Lawyer Application form. ISBA will do its best to accommodate your request, but cannot guarantee a match. A required orientation meeting is held each January.

The program focuses on issues encountered in the practice of law.  New attorneys who are not yet working in the legal profession, please be aware that the program is not a tool for identifying or assisting you in finding employment opportunities.  ISBA provides career assistance through our online career resource center at http://www.isba.org/career

Voluntary Mentors

If you are an ISBA member and are interested in becoming a mentor and earning 6 hours of CLE credit, please complete the mentor application.  ISBA will do its best to match you with a mentee.  A required orientation meeting is held each January.

Contacts

For more information about ILSCCP approved mentoring programs, contact Katherine Erwin, Special Projects Director, at 312-363-6210 or katherine.erwin@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 Daggett at adaggett@isba.org.  Or call (217) 525-1760 or (800) 252-8908.