NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism

National Legal Mentoring Consortium 2014 Conference

Mentoring in our Evolving Profession
May 1 – 3, 2014, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday evening — Supreme Court of Ohio

5:00 PM — Registration and Cocktail Reception
5:45 PM — Opening Remarks
6:30 PM — Plated Dinner
7:30 PM — Court Tour

Friday — Sheraton at Capitol Square

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM — Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Episodic Mentoring: Momentous Things Happen in a Moment
Amy Timmer — Professor & Associate Dean of Students, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and author of Innovative Mentoring: Maximizing Relationships to Become a Successful Lawyer
Episodic mentoring provides a platform for topic-based mentoring, while teaching the life-long skill of seeking mentoring experiences and exposing law students and young lawyers to a broader network of attorney-mentors. Protégés benefit from receiving many perspectives, mentors benefit from limited and focused time commitments, and both benefit from allowing a long-term relationship to develop naturally.
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
PANEL: Mentoring Solo Practitioners: Applying Knowledge to Practice
During the past five years, an estimated 4,800 law school graduates began their careers as solo practitioners, and many attorneys left larger practices to start their own practice. How do they begin this journey? How do they understand and apply best practices in the "business of law"? How may they identify and engage a mentor or a coach to be their "sounding board" and what topics should they address? Join this discussion to learn about models for effectively engaging solo practitioners and helping them to apply the knowledge to start and grow their own practice.
  • Carolyn Elefant — Founder of MyShingle.com and author of Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be
  • Taylor Hammond — Director, Justice Entrepreneurs Project, The Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Martha Harris — Director of Career Development and Career Engagement, New York City Bar Association
  • Kathleen Havener — The Havener Law Firm, LLC, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mark Korf (MODERATOR) — National Legal Mentoring Consortium Executive Committee Member
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM — Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Legal Profession as a Subset of the Legal Industry: An Honest Dialogue on What the Future Holds
William Henderson — Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Mauer School of Law; Founder of the Legal Whiteboard Blog
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM — Lunch
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
PED Talks:
Six-minute, high impact messages on professional and educational development.
  1. Mentoring Programs: Impact on Minority Students
    Brad Morgan — Coordinator, Access to Justice and Mentoring Programs
    University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
  2. Report from the Classroom: Preparing Law Students for Mentoring
    Relationships in the Legal Profession
    Katrina Lee — Assistant Clinical Professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
  3. Boot CAMP: Helping Mentors & Mentees Be More Effective in Their Mentoring Relationship
    John Baker — Director, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program ("CAMP"), Denver, Colorado
  4. Return on Investment
    Judith Rush — Director, Mentor Externship, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Painting Your Program with Professionalism from Floor to Ceiling: Practical Strategies Your Mentor Program Can Use for Teaching Professionalism
Jayne Reardon — Executive Director, Supreme Court of Illinois Commission on Professionalism, Chicago, Illinois AND David Bateson — President, Bateson Consulting, LLC and attorney at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
There is nearly universal agreement that mentoring law students and young lawyers improves professionalism, but specifically, how? What are the key factors in a mentoring program that drive professionalism growth? Is this different than professional growth? After a general introduction by the presenters on the curriculum and structural framework of mentoring for professionalism, participants will participate in small group discussions focused on the key curriculum components and practical aspects of improving professionalism through mentoring, including an exploration of the professionalism issues frequently encountered in running a mentoring program.
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM — Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
PANEL: There's No Precedent for This — Innovation in Legal Mentoring
Effectively and efficiently mentoring attorneys in the current market environment requires new ways of thinking and applying time-tested learning methods. In this session we will explain how a large law firm, a prestigious law school, local and state bar associations and the Supreme Court of Ohio have boldly innovated without precedent to transform lawyers into leaders in their workplace, their profession and their communities.
  • Maureen Bickley — Senior Associate, Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Douglas Dennis — Member, Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Honorable Patrick Fischer — First Appellate District of Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mina Jones Jefferson — Assistant Dean & Director, Center for Professional Development, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Chris Habel (MODERATOR), Member, Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
PANEL: Beyond the New Lawyer: Mentoring at Later Career Stages
Mentoring is important at every stage of a lawyer's career. This session will examine mentoring needs of senior associates and partners and show how mentoring can be used to promote leadership development, succession planning and gender diversity.
  • Vandana Allman — Leadership and Executive Development, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Regine Corrado — Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, Illinoiss
  • Lisa Stalteri — Co-Managing Partner, Carr McClellan Ingersoll Thompson & Horn, Burlingame, California
  • Ida Abbott (MODERATOR) — Ida Abbott Consulting, author of The Lawyer's Guide to Mentoring and Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know

Friday Evening — Ohio Statehouse, Museum Gallery

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Hors d'oeuvres, Cocktails & Statehouse Tours

Saturday — Sheraton at Capitol Square, Governor's Ballroom

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM — Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Lawyer Mentoring in Europe
Rebecca Normand-Hochman — Director, Institute of Mentoring, London
This session will provide an overview of the use and development of mentoring in the legal profession in Europe and compare the common understanding of mentoring in the United States to that in Europe. The founder of the London-based Institute of Mentoring will present her work on behalf of the International Bar Association Law Firm Mentoring Programme and explain why she recently created a think tank and research institute for the development of mentoring best practices for the legal profession.
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Mentoring for Law Students and Lawyers with Disabilities
Jared Hager — Senior Attorney, Perkins Coie, LLP, Seattle, Washington
This presentation will discuss the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights' Mentor Program for law students and new lawyers with disabilities. This discussion will examine the benefits to mentors who participated as well as the challenges they faced.
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM — Break
10:10 AM – 10:55 AM
Breakout Discussions - Round 1
  1. Networking, Events, and Programming. What CLEs, events, and networking ideas have been particularly effective at bringing participants together and building community around your program?
  2. Powerful Partnerships. How to leverage partnerships between law schools, bars, courts, and other stakeholders to make your mentoring program stronger and more impactful.
  3. Meaningful Mentoring for Senior Lawyers. How to create value and meaning for senior lawyers through your mentoring program. How can newer lawyers "mentor" more senior lawyers in technology, social media, and other developments in the business of law practice? Is there a role to play for mentoring programs in connecting lawyers nearing retirement to new lawyers seeking to buy into successful practices?
  4. Mentor Recruitment and Retention. What do we each do to continuously recruit new mentors, and then to retain the energy and enthusiasm of existing mentors?
10:55 – 11:40 AM
Breakout Discussions - Round 2
Sessions repeat, allowing each participant to attend two discussions.
11:40 AM – 12:15 PM
Concluding Wrap-Up
Join us for a brief report from each breakout session, and a final wrap-up of conference takeaways. Participants will leave fully inspired to bring new visions and ideas back to their home programs.
12:15 PM — Boxed lunches provided
Feel free to stay and talk to colleagues before leaving to travel home.

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