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New lawyers need experienced, ethical and professional lawyers to support them as they encounter the real-life challenges of practicing law. As a law firm or legal organization who hires newly admitted attorneys, you may want to incorporate Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring with your existing mentoring program. If you do not have a mentoring program, this is an excellent way to begin one.

Requirements for Earning CLE and New Lawyer Training Credit

Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring is a year-long relationship that involves a minimum of six meetings for a total of nine hours of mentoring. Lawyers from your firm or legal organization who serve as mentors in Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring will receive 12 hours of CLE credit, including one hour of ethics, one hour of professionalism, and one-half hour of substance abuse. New lawyers who successfully complete the program will fulfill their new lawyer training requirement, provided they have also taken a three-hour classroom course on professionalism, office management, and client fund management, which is required of all new lawyers. This educational credit is awarded at no cost to your firm or legal organization.

How Mentoring Benefits a Legal Organization

Legal employers who support a strong mentoring initiative should reap the dividends of their invested time. A quality mentoring program aids recruitment and increases retention. Effective mentoring raises productivity and helps an organization adapt to change. Establishing strong relationships between the new generation of lawyers and experienced attorneys at your organization may be the most successful way to build and transmit your unique culture, foster loyalty, and develop new leadership for the future.

Mentoring Curriculum

Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring includes a comprehensive curriculum, featuring 40 different topics and discussion points, each of which is supported by supplementary materials. These materials include questions designed to generate meaningful discussion between a mentor and new lawyer, cites to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, and legal articles.

Getting Started ...

For more information about how the program may be adopted by your law firm or legal organization, please call Lori Keating, the Secretary to the Commission on Professionalism, at 614.387.9327 or send an e-mail to Lori.Keating@sc.ohio.gov.