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State Bar of California Mentoring Task Force Preliminary Report and Recommendations
The Board of Trustees approved the creation and appointment of the State Bar Mentoring Task Force in September 2014. The Task Force was designed to bring together the State Bar Sections, the California Young Lawyers Association (“CYLA”), the Council on Access & Fairness and the Board of Trustees to explore, create and develop mentoring programs and initiatives for young or new lawyers.
The Task Force was charged with coordinating the past and present efforts of each group, and exploring and promoting best practices to be implemented in mentoring programs. The aim of mentoring of young or new lawyers is to increase the education and training of these attorneys and to promote competency, professionalism and ethics.
At its initial meeting, the Task Force reviewed its charge and created four working groups focused on surveying current state, local and other mentoring programs and identifying key issues that will need to be considered as it develops recommendations for new and young attorney mentoring programs in California. The four working groups included: (1) statewide mentoring programs, (2) mentoring programs associated with local bars, minority bars, specialty bars, law firms, law schools and other law related mentoring programs, (3) online platforms and (4) marketing and recruitment. The Task Force held three in-person meetings and the working groups met by conference calls in the interim.
The report includes full and summary Working Group Reports, data from mentoring programs, new lawyer demographics, and other research results.
Mission Statement: The Proposed Mentoring Program Mission Statement is as follows:
“The goal of the State Bar Attorney Mentoring Program is to further public protection through mentoring, education and the training of young lawyers to promote the pursuit of excellence, professionalism, and ethics in the practice of law.”
The Task Force agreed that whatever the final program recommendation, the program should be implemented initially on a pilot basis, with ongoing review and evaluation and ultimate program revisions to ensure ongoing effectiveness and stability. For the pilot program, the Task Force recommends that the potential pilot include 100 mentees and either one or two mentees per mentor.
To be determined
(Note: The number of potential new attorneys actually admitted to practice each year is over 6,000, as opposed to the estimated average of 4,000 per year as indicated in the attached preliminary report.)
Board of Trustees Executive Committee