Responsibilities and Activity Ideas

We consider these lists as jumping off points—feel free to add and expand your own ideas and let us know what did and didn't work for you. As with any other relationship, the mentor partnership becomes strenghtened and enriched through time, communication and commitment.

For Mentors

  • Encourage your mentee to remain an active member of the Guild. Too many recent graduates from law school let their membership lapse and we hope that you will be a link in helping keep these new radical and progressive lawyers connected to the organization.
  • Respond to your mentee's initial contact as soon as possible, ideally within several days. Initiate or schedule conversations with your mentee regarding interests and questions they might have about being a new lawyer – being an experience lawyer, etc.
  • Invite your mentee to Guild events, including the fall fundraiser, committee meetings, mixers, parties, membership meetings and forums, dinners, picnics, etc. Call your mentee a week before each Guild event to invite him/her to go with you (or without you if you're not going) -- fall fundraiser, membership meetings and forums, holiday party, dinner, picnics... Say you will introduce them to folks.
  • Find out what area of law they are particularly interested in and introduce them to people working in that area (at events or just arrange for a lunch meeting).
  • Invite your mentee to CLE courses, programs, lectures, fundraisers that may be of interest to her/him.
  • Invite your mentee to depositions, trials, client meetings, or other events or activities related to work that may be of interest to a new lawyer.
  • Consider contributing to help cover mentee's expenses for various Guild functions, including the annual convention. The Guild organizes a convention expenses fund for students which includes: paying for their airfare (or offering frequent flier miles), registration expense for the convention, and a ticket to the women's luncheon or Saturday banquet.
  • Invite your mentee to lunch, dinner or coffee once a semester.
  • Train to be legal observers together and/or attend social justice demonstrations together.
  • Stay in touch with the mentee even if you do not hear back from him/her regularly. Call once a semester just to check in, asking how they are doing in school and if there is any way you can help.
  • Let the Mentorship Committee know if you would like another mentee or if your current mentee is unresponsive or not working out.
  • Mentors have found it enjoyable and not more work to have two mentees instead of just one.

For Mentees

  • Contact your mentor as soon as possible after receiving her/his contact information, ideally within a week
  • Let your mentor know your interests and goals in law school and after you graduate
  • Ask your mentor about: law school classes, professors, the bar exam, topics for papers, surviving as a progressive lawyer with post-school debts, Guild activities, potential work contacts and other opportunities
  • Attend events with your mentor such as Guild functions and progressive happenings about town
  • Take initiative and stay in touch-be sure they have accurate contact information for you
  • Go to lunch or dinner with your mentor
  • Ask your mentor if s/he would address the Guild chapter at your school or has recommendations for other speakers
  • Invite your mentor to events at your school, including presentations you are making in connection with moot court or other work, panels, socials, your graduation, etc
  • Ask your mentor if he/she is going to a Guild event/meeting so you can go together
  • Find out if there is some depo, focus group, trial, client meeting ... that it might be possible for you to attend
  • Find out if your mentor is willing to come to give a talk for the Guild chapter at your school, or if he/she has ideas about other speakers
  • Call to get together once a semester, just to touch base. Other ideas and possibilities will develop when you do.
  • Let the Mentorship Committee know if you would like another mentor or if your current mentor is unresponsive or not working out