During the 2010-11 academic year, the Institute for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution (IADR) launched the DePaul University College of Law Student/Lawyer Mentoring Program. The program coordinator matched students with attorney-mentors possessing at least four years of experience. Each student-mentor pair met to fill out and execute a mentoring plan that would fulfill the requirement of at least 12 hours of contact over the semester, including at least five hours of in-person contact. Mentoring activities could include job shadowing (including attending court, administrative proceedings, and depositions), attending networking events or bar association meetings together, providing law school or career advice, and other related activities. Although the mentoring term is one semester, the pairs are encouraged to continue their mentoring relationships informally. The Student/Lawyer Mentoring Program is currently supended while IADR focus on the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program.
In addition to the Student/Lawyer Mentoring Program, IADR has partnered with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism to launch a Lawyer-to-Lawyer (“L2L”) Mentoring Program. Under this program, new lawyers (i.e., admitted less than two years) are matched with experienced attorney-mentors (admitted for at least six years). A mentor-mentee pair must meet at least eight times in person over a one year period to engage in activities that target five areas: (1) professionalism; (2) legal ethics; (3) civility; (4) diversity and inclusion; and (5) wellness, mental health, and addiction. There is a mandatory orientation, and both mentors and mentees can receive 6 CLE credits upon successful completion of the program. IADR launched its L2L Mentoring Program in January 2012. For more information, please see: http://ilsccp.org/mentoring/mentoring_index.htm. Interested mentors can apply here: http://lawyermentor.ilsccp.org/ducl/mentor-registration/.
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