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Mentoring - Practice Resource Center

Want to find a mentor or become one yourself? Are you looking for more information about the benefits of mentorship? We have lots of insight to help!

ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
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.


  • Michael Alkaraki
    YLDNews, April 2016

    Often, and contrary to many employers' concerns, new lawyers do in fact possess the skills needed to hit the ground running-- they simply lack the confidence and sense of direction that come largely through experience. Fortunately there are resources that can help.

  • Illinois Bar Journal, January 2016

    For mentees, the benefits of mentoring are obvious. But two recent ISBA mentors say mentoring is definitely a two-way street.

  • Angela Peters
    Sabrina Shafer
    Senior Lawyers, November 2015

    The realities of mentorship from the perspectives of both a mentor and mentee.

  • Kyle Stevens
    YLDNews, October 2015

    The author shares the four items of advice he wishes he'd received when he was first admitted to practice.

  • Marron Mahoney
    YLDNews, June 2015

    A recap of this popular event, which was held in April.

  • Michael P. DiNatale
    YLDNews, February 2015

    Did you resolve to network more or to find a mentor in 2015? It's not too late-- here's how to do it. 

  • Marilyn Longwell
    Aurelija Juska
    Family Law, February 2015

    Tips and advice for newer attorneys.

  • Peter L. Rotskoff
    Federal Taxation, January 2014

    Read more about this important program and sign up to become a mentor today!

  • Leonard F. Amari
    Senior Lawyers, June 2013

    The author shares his thoughts on the value of mentoring younger attorneys.

  • Hon. Debra B. Walker
    Administrative Law, June 2012

    Given that CLE credit is now available for mentoring programs for both the mentor and the mentee, there is no better time to launch an official mentoring program at your firm, your alma mater, or your bar association.

  • Jayne Reardon
    The Challenge, October 2011

    In October of last year the Illinois Supreme Court adopted Supreme Court Rule 795(d)(12), which provides that lawyers completing a year-long structured mentoring program, as either mentors or mentees, may satisfy their entire professional responsibility CLE requirement.

  • Jayne Reardon
    Diversity Matters, June 2011

    Now, thanks to the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent approval of a recommendation of the Commission on Professionalism, experienced attorneys supporting the development of new lawyers through an approved mentoring program may receive professional responsibility CLE credit under new Supreme Court Rule 795(d)(12), and activities around diversity and inclusion are a key component of the Commission’s approved mentoring plan.

  • Steven C. Lindberg
    The Bottom Line, April 2011

    As more-experienced attorneys, it is our job, our professional obligation to teach the younger or more inexperienced members of the bar how to practice law.

  • Jean A. Kenol
    YLDNews, February 2010

    The single best (and most memorable) piece of advice that I received came from a professor of mine during my junior year of college. He told me to always “seek wisdom.” In his explanation of this advice he told me to seek advice from trusted people who have been down the paths I will take throughout my life. Basically, find a mentor. This advice never became more valuable than when I started my legal career.

  • Joseph Tybor
    Bench & Bar, February 2010

    The Illinois Supreme Court has announced an expansion of its judge mentoring program designed to aid judges in the performance of their judicial duties.

  • Karen Erger
    Illinois Bar Journal, February 2008

    If you take away one small skill from the workplace every day, you can build a useful, satisfying career.

  • Karen Erger
    Illinois Bar Journal, October 2005

    You teach by example – is your example worth emulating?

  • Justin Heather
    YLDNews, August 2005

    Mentoring is essential to both the good practice of law and the future of the legal profession.

  • Donald E. Weihl
    The Bottom Line, April 2004

    Watching new associates receive notice that they have passed the bar examination is a lesson in joy for the lawyer who wants to help those new lawyers cultivate the skills that will earn a permanent place in the firm

  • Matt Maloney
    General Practice, Solo & Small Firm, January 2004

    Many participants in the "system" constantly complain about the lack of skills that they see in "young lawyers." I suppose that I've complained about the same thing. Broad-based, general practice requires a plethora of legal talents.

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