Qualified lawyers are being called to arms in a new mentoring program organised by the judiciary.
The US-based incentive, run by the local Maryland judiciary, aims to pair together experienced and qualified lawyers to volunteer to mentor lawyers just starting their careers.
The pilot mentoring program matches law school graduates who have been admitted to the local Bar with experienced lawyers who can provide face to face guidance in the new graduates’ first year out.
As part of the program, each mentor and mentee will develop a personalised one-year plan to develop skills around ethics, management and client communication.
“Both new and experienced lawyers can benefit from a mentoring relationship," Judge Lynne A. Battaglia of the Maryland Court of Appeals told ABC News in the US.
Judge Battaglia heads the Maryland Commission on Professionalism that developed the program.
Mentors must be active members of the local Bar, and must have at least seven years' experience. A mentor may not be employed by the same employer as the mentee.