5 sites: Finding a mentor

  • July 06, 2015
  • Jared Adams

If you’re a young lawyer just starting your career, it helps to get advice on your practice, your responsibilities, and your future from someone who’s already traveled the path. But while mentors are invaluable, they don’t just fall into your lap – developing a complex and crucial relationship of this type takes both time and effort. In this issue’s 5 Sites, we look at some resources to help you find potential mentors and develop the relationship – along with some tips for those of you far enough along the career trail to consider giving back.

  1. Managing a Mentoring Relationship – http://www.practicepro.ca/Practice/Mentoring_Booklet.pdf. PracticePro's 39-page booklet is chock full of tips for those looking for a mentor, those interested in becoming one, and those interested in developing a mentoring program within their firm. It’s a comprehensive look at the ins and outs, as well as potential pitfalls, of a mentoring relationship from start to finish.
  2. An Advocate's Guide to Good Mentoring – http://www.advocates.ca/mentoring/goodMentoring.html. The Advocates’ Society has produced this web-based resource on mentoring, including tips for finding mentors and protégés, a look at formal and informal mentoring programs, and hints on what each person involved in the mentoring relationship should and shouldn’t expect.
  3. District of Columbia Bar Mentoring Resource –http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/bar_services/practice_management_advisory_service/mentor.cfm. The D.C. Bar’s online mentoring resource is heavy on the early stages of developing a mentor relationship, including how and where to find a mentor, protocols to help you avoid minefields in the early stages, and ideas on how to keep the relationship developing.
  4. Mentoring Across Differences: A Guide to Cross-Gender and Cross-Race Mentoring –http://www.mcca.com/site/data/researchprograms/GoldPathways/index.shtml. The Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s look at challenges and success stories from women and racialized groups in their search for mentor relationships. It’s also a valuable resource for those looking for mentors who might not hail from the same background.
  5. “Want a mentor? Find and develop your own,” New York Law Journal –http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1048518175101. A capsule overview of how to find and develop a mentor. Don’t have time to wade through the comprehensive resources above? Start here to get an overview of how mentoring works and what your first steps should be.

Jared Adams is editor of Addendum and a 2006 Kenneth R. Wilson Award winner.