One of the Inn's primary missions
is to create mentoring relationships among our members. We promote
this goal through our membership selection, pupilage group
assignments, and by creating opportunities for individual mentoring
between members of differing experience.
In the past, we have tried to match
every student and young lawyer with a more experienced mentor. Some
of these relationships proved very beneficial - others less so.
Whether because of geography, work schedules or simple lack of
interest, not every mentor/mentee pairing provided the level of
professional support we aspire to.
This year, before making mentoring
assignments, the Board decided to try something different by
soliciting input from members to help us create matches with the
best chance of succeeding. Also, if you know in advance that your
schedule or other commitments will prevent you from devoting the
necessary time to such a relationship, we wanted to provide a
chance for you to opt out.
Accordingly, this is your
invitation to express your preferences for the mentorship program
for the 2015/2016 program year. Attached below is a separate
mentorship preferences form. Please take a minute to fill out the
form and return it directly to Judge Doug Miller's judicial
assistant, Debbie, by email at this address: deborah
crowder@.vaed.uscourts.gov. We will use the information to match
everyone seeking a mentoring relationship with an appropriately
experienced colleague. If we don't receive a form we will use the
information already in our records to assign mentorship
Update - October
2015 - Mentorship pairings have now been circulated to the
membership and are also posted below. Mentors, please contact
your mentees as soon as possible, if you haven't already done
so. And thank you to all who are participating in
this worthwhile program.
to Mentors and Mentees re: Pairings