Mentorship Program

Text Size

Mentorship Program 

AAJ WOMEN TRIAL LAWYERS CAUCUS MENTORING PROGRAM

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Mentoring Program is to advance the admirable and selfless philosophy in the AAJ’s Mission, to strive to provide positive role models as women trial lawyers, to broaden the membership base of AAJ and the WTLC, to include women by informing them of AAJ’s membership services and Mission and to provide a support system of women lawyers to network, socialize and form professional relationships. It has a goal of promoting and developing female leadership for AAJ and providing fellowship and mentorship to female lawyers who embark on a career of trial law. 


I. WOMEN TRIAL LAWYERS CAUCUS MENTOR PROGRAM OVERVIEW

- The Mentor Program has been designed to fulfill that part of the WTLC Mission which focuses on the professional development of women trial lawyer members through mentorship and fellowship, and through providing positive and experienced role models for women lawyers.
- The Program matches women trial lawyers who have volunteered to serve as mentors with junior lawyer mentees.
- The Program is designed to provide mentors who are committed, encouraging and supportive to the professional development of their mentees within their practices and the AAJ.

 II. GOALS OF PROGRAM

- To empower women trial lawyers with professional and social guidance.

- To promote the mission of AAJ and the WTLC.

II. COMMITMENT OF PARTICIPANTS

A. Mentors

- Initiate contact with matched mentee within two weeks of matching.

- Communicate monthly with mentee on a basis mutually agreed upon with mentee.

- Encourage attendance at AAJ Convention.

- If possible, set one-on-one meeting with mentee at Convention.

- Commitment to mentee relationship for one year.

- Provide feedback to Program Co-Chairs upon request.

- Coaching of mentee:

- Set goals that are reachable, specific and time-framed.

- Be a role model: share your relevant experiences as an experienced attorney.

- Encourage positive behavior with positive feedback.

B. Mentees

- Communicate monthly with mentor on a basis mutually agreed upon with mentor; take responsibility for intiating contact.

- Respect your mentor’s time and confidentiality.

- Evaluate: continually evaluate how well you are meeting your goals.

- Be prepared so as to maximize the time spent with your mentor.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Co-Chair: Erin Dickinson, Hansen Riederer Dickinson Crueger, LLC, Milwaukee, WI, Office: 414.273.8475, erin@hrdc-law.com

Co-Chair: Ingrid Heide, Trolman Glaser & Lichtman, New York, NY, Office: 212.750.1200, iheide@tgllaw.com

Co-Chair:  Katie Hubbard, Goldenberg Hellr Antognoli & Rowland, PC, Edwardsville, IL, Office: 618.656.5150, khubbard@ghalaw.com


The American Association for Justice
777 6th Street, NW, Ste 200 • Washington, DC  20001 • 800.424.2725 or 202.965.3500

© 2014 AAJ