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Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association - Mentoring Program Overview

Applications are due by Friday, October 5, 2018

Attorney Applications available here.

Law Student Applications available here.

The Bar Association would like to invite all attorneys and law students to join the 2018-2019 Mass. LGBTQ Bar Mentoring Program!  The Mentoring Program aims to match LGBTQ and allied lawyers and law students across different career stages to facilitate and foster supportive and mutually meaningful professional mentoring relationships tailored to the individual needs and goals of the participants.  In addition, the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Mentoring Program seeks to be responsive to the diverse needs of the individual participants, including the exploration of new legal careers, advice on issues related to the practice of law as an LGBTQ lawyer, and/or the expansion of professional networks and career opportunities.  Each senior-level attorney with significant work experience will be paired with 1-2 junior or mid-level attorneys and a group of law students to connect with and form this mentoring relationship over the coming year.

Mission Statement

The Mass. LGBTQ Bar Mentoring Program aims to match LGBTQ lawyers and law students across different career stages to facilitate and foster supportive and mutually meaningful professional mentoring relationships tailored to the individual needs and goals of the participants.  The Mass. LGBTQ Bar Mentoring Program seeks to be responsive to the diverse of needs of the individual participants, including the exploration of new legal careers, advice on issues related to the practice of law as an LGBTQ lawyer, and/or the expansion of professional networks and career opportunities.  The Mass. LGBTQ Bar Mentoring Program strives to support and sustain these mentor-mentee relationships over time by providing opportunities that foster their continued growth and development.

Program Design

The Mass. LGBTQ Bar Mentoring Program is designed around a series of small groups consisting of senior and junior mentors and several mentees, each within a different stage of the profession.  We designed the Program in this way to respond to a particular reality – that a lawyer’s experiences and need for advice evolve over the course of his or her career.  By including lawyers at various stages in their careers within each mentorship group, we expect that each member who has already gone through certain experiences and/or career stages will provide mentorship and guidance to those mentees yet to do so.

Program Expectations for Mentees, Mentors and the Program

Expectations for the Program

Participants are likely to develop relationships that will serve them throughout their careers, on both a personal and professional level.  Mentees will also have an opportunity to develop into Mentors as they advance in their careers and will then be able to provide similar support to future mentees.  The Mentoring Committee seeks individuals that are interested in making a reasonable commitment to the program's goals and therefore provide an outline of the Program's expectations for mentors and mentees alike.

Expectations for Mentors

We expect that each participating Mentor will: Provide new lawyers and law students the opportunity to learn about the practice of the law.  (This could mean many different things depending on the practice and comfort of the Mentor.)

  • Serve as a sounding board and provide advice regarding particular professional issues a mentee might be facing;
  • Address particular or unique issues that LGBTQ lawyers may experience in the profession;
  • Attend the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association Mentoring Program Reception in order to meet my mentoring group for the first time, or, instead, email my mentoring group by the date of that event with an alternate time and place for a launch event for my mentoring group;
  • Provide advice regarding new legal career options and/or transitions;
  • Facilitate and encourage the expansion of mentees' professional networks;
  • Encourage interaction among the mentees within the mentorship group;
  • Be responsive to a mentee’s communications and/or inquiries; and
  • Because the role of a mentor is to encourage, inspire, and assist your mentees in getting the best out of their legal careers, a mentor must be open and willing to maintain regular contact with mentees (e.g. at least once per month), take the initiative to schedule events with the mentoring group, and spend additional time with mentees who seek help or advice outside of scheduled mentoring events.

Expectations for Mentees

We expect each Mentee will:

  • Be inquisitive;
  • Initiate contact with mentors;
  • Understand that the MLGBTQ Mentoring Program is meant as one for professional development, and is not a recruitment or job placement program; and
  • Serve as Mentors to those Mentees within their group who are at earlier stages in their legal careers.

Expectations for Both Mentors and Mentees

We expect all participants to: 

  • Participate in Mentoring Group of approximately five people;
  • Participate in the Mentor Program starting at the Mentoring Program Reception and continue through the end of August 2018;
  • Act in a professional manner and a manner consistent with the mission of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association including supporting Mentoring Group members of diverse identities with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, age, color, race, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, religious or political belief or affiliation;
  • Recognize that the Mass. LGBTQ Mentoring Program is aimed at professional development and is neither a job placement program nor a dating service;
  • Attend the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association Mentoring Program Reception; and
  • The mentor-mentee relationship is a two way street.  As such, both mentors and mentees must strive to keep it alive by keeping in touch and scheduling time to meet in person on a regular basis.

 

How to Apply

The Bar Association is now accepting applications from attorneys and law students interested in joining or continuing their participation in the program!

Law Students may apply by completing the application available here, and Attorneys may apply by completing the separate application available here.

The deadline for all applications is Friday, October 5, 2018.

Questions?  Contact Peter Hahn (peter@peterhahnlaw.com), Andrew Collins (collins.ajm@gmail.com) or Gavin Alexander (gavin.alexander@ropesgray.com).




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