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Mentor Program Pairings

The I'Anson Hoffman Inn of Court Mentoring Program has been very successful over the last several years, thanks in part to the time and effort that Judge Jim Mathews, our Mentoring Program Chair, puts into pairing the mentors and mentees, and to the effort that the participants themselves put into the program. 

The Executive Committee believes that the best approach for implementation is to have Master members mentor Associates, and Barrister members mentor Students.  With several exceptions, the pairings have been made within each pupilage group.  If either mentor or mentee prefers a change, for any reason, your request will be honored.  If both mentor and mentee from last year are both in the Inn this year, that pairing generally remained the same.

Every effort was made not only to stay within pupilage groups for the pairings, but also to be aware of geographical considerations.  If you are an associate or student and do not see your name in the pairing, please notify Judge Mathews immediately and a mentor will be provided. He may be reached by e-mail at jsimpsonmathews@gmail.com.

The overall goal of the mentoring program is to provide opportunities for development of an attorney's legal knowledge, skills, and professional relationships.  Although it is couched in terms of a mentor-mentee relationship, it is axiomatic that the protégés will bring fresh, different points of view to various issues, so the program is designed to be a beneficial learning experience for both participants.

It is requested that each mentor contact their mentee and arrange a mutually convenient time and venue to meet by the date of our Social in September,  if feasible; for breakfast, over lunch, "tea time" or whatever works for the two of you to "meet and greet."  Should a meeting prioor to the September Social not be possible, then the Social should provide an excellent opportunity for the pairs to meet. There need not be an agenda other than to establish a rapport, with the understanding that each can feel comfortable about contacting the other at any given time to discuss a professional issue, ethical question, etc. 

Possible topics include:

  • sharing professional values and being sensitive to malpractice "traps;"
  • addressing ethical concerns;
  • addressing practical concerns and problems;
  • assisting with transitions into practice and while in practice;
  • pro bono opportunities;
  • promoting bar involvement and positive relationships among bar members;
  • improving service to clients, and client relations; and
  • improving the public's perception of the legal profession. 

In closing, we emphasize that this Mentor program should not be viewed as an onerous obligation upon any party, but rather a new professional opportunity for growth and camaraderie. The Executive Committee thanks you in advance for your participation in this program, embracing as it does the historical origin of the Inns of Court.