Welcome, Experienced Practitioner or Judge

Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring needs experienced, ethical and professional lawyers to support new lawyers as they encounter the real-life challenges of practicing law. As a mentor, you will help in developing a new lawyer’s skills while serving as an advisor and role model. Mentors not only help out with the intellectual challenges that practicing law brings but also assist with a new lawyer’s acclimation to the legal workplace and new identity as a legal professional.

In a strong mentoring relationship, the mentor may benefit from the experience as well. Being a mentor may increase your personal satisfaction at your job and renew your sense of purpose in the profession. Mentoring counteracts isolation and helps you stay adaptable in your practice. Through mentoring you honor the mentors you had during your legal career and create a legacy of your own.

Judges Also Offer a Valuable Perspective

Judges are also encouraged to be mentors. In addition to your past experiences as a practitioner, as a judge you have a perspective from the bench that is invaluable. You have seen the best and worst examples of attorney competence and professionalism. You know what makes a legal career successful and what makes it less so. Depending upon your jurisdiction, you may deal with many different areas of law on a daily basis. It is important to build connections between the judiciary and the newest to the profession, and mentoring is an excellent way to do this.

Mentoring Term Requirements and CLE Credit

Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring is a year-long relationship that requires nine hours of mentoring over the course of six in-person meetings. In recognition of the time needed to sustain a mentoring relationship, you will receive 12 hours of CLE credit, at no cost to you.

Mentor Endorsements

Mentors who participated in Lawyer to Lawyer have been appreciative of their mentoring experiences. Examples of their comments include the following:

Mentors responding to our end-of-term surveys provided the following feedback:

Mentor Eligibility

To be an eligible mentor you must:

Be admitted to practice law for not less than five years or be registered corporate for not less than five years;
Be in good standing;
Have a reputation for competence and ethical and professional conduct;

Never have been suspended or disbarred from the practice of law in any jurisdiction, nor have voluntarily surrendered your license to dispose  a pending disciplinary proceeding;
Not have been otherwise sanctioned in any jurisdiction during the 10 years preceding your nomination as a mentor*;
Not have a formal disciplinary complaint pending before the Supreme Court of Ohio**;

Carry professional liability insurance with minimum limits of $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 in the aggregate, or its equivalent. Government attorneys, in-house counsel for a corporation, lawyers employed by a non-profit agency, or lawyers mentoring in-house are exempt from this requirement.
Submit a Mentor Application electronically online and be approved by the Commission on Professionalism

* For the purposes of the program, “sanctioned” means subjected to disciplinary action and includes public reprimands or private sanctions which occur in jurisdictions that impose them. Such sanctions also include administrative suspensions resulting from a deficiency in continuing legal education hours or a failure to renew attorney registration in a timely manner. 

** If a formal disciplinary complaint is pending, a mentor nomination will be deferred until the final disposition of the formal complaint.

Three Ways to Get Started ...

  1. Join our Pre-Approved Mentor List:  Submit a Mentor Application electronically online to become a part of our Pre-Approved Mentor List. If approved, you will be available to be chosen as a mentor for new lawyers.
  2. Talk to a particular new lawyer who you would like to mentor.  If you are interested in mentoring a particular new lawyer (or law school graduate who will soon become a new lawyer), talk to him or her about the program and indicate your willingness to be a mentor.  If there is mutual interest, the new lawyer should submit a New Lawyer Application electronically online and you should submit your Mentor Application. In all likelihood, the mentoring match will likely be approved. Please keep in mind that a new lawyer must sign up for mentoring within the 60 days that follow his or her admissions ceremony or registration as a corporate attorney.
  3. Encourage your employer to adopt Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring.  Talk to your law firm or legal organization about adopting Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring.

One More Way to Assist the Program

Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring is always looking for another good mentor.

Nominate an attorney to serve in Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring 

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