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Nov. 17, 2008
New Lawyers Mentoring Program Kicks Off Today

New lawyers admitted to the Ohio bar today are encouraged to participate in the Supreme Court of Ohio’s mentoring program designed for them.

The Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program is a one-year voluntary program that pairs new lawyers with experienced attorneys to help ease the transition from law school to law practice. The program was initiated by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Justice Terrence O'Donnell and developed by the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, with input from law schools, bar associations and law firms throughout Ohio.

A pilot program was offered to new lawyers admitted in 2006. In a rule change announced on July 28, the Court charged the commission with administering a permanent program. New lawyer enrollment for the permanent program begins today with new lawyers who passed the July 2008 bar exam and who have been sworn in to the practice of law in Ohio.

In addition to the benefits intrinsic in mentoring, mentors and new lawyers will receive continuing education credit. Attorneys who act as mentors will earn 12 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit at the completion of the program. Upon completing the program successfully, new attorneys will have satisfied their New Lawyers Training requirement, provided that they also take three hours of classroom instruction in professionalism, law office management and client fund management. There is no cost to participate in the mentoring program. New lawyers who do not enroll in the mentoring program must complete 12 hours of New Lawyers Training classroom instruction.

Attorneys who participate in the program will complete a mentoring plan that will include nine hours of mentoring during the course of six, in-person meetings. Discussion topics range from law office management and client communication to substance abuse and mental health. Supplemental materials from the commission are provided on-line to guide the discussion and ensure consistency in program content.

New lawyers may register for the program at the Court immediately following the admissions ceremony or during the 60 days that follow. The deadline for registering for mentoring as a new attorney is Jan. 16, 2009. To be eligible to participate, new lawyers must have registered for active status with the Court (due within 30 days of admission) and practice or intend to practice law in Ohio.

Established lawyers are urged to contact new lawyers and ask them to sign up for the program. Applications to serve as a mentor will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Legal employers are strongly encouraged to incorporate Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring with any established mentoring program they may have. Firms or legal organizations that lack a mentoring plan may introduce mentoring into their culture by adopting this program as their own. For more information, please visit www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/mentoring.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.