Mentoring Program

mentoringThe WBAI’s mentoring programs aim to bridge the gap between law students/new attorneys and the practice of law. The  programs foster relationships between professionals by allowing law students and young lawyers to gain practical experience and personal insight into the legal profession.

The WBAI is Pleased to Offer Two Mentoring Programs to its Membership:

L2L Mentoring Program

The WBAI’s L2L Mentoring Program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to guide new lawyers in developing the practical skills and judgment to practice in a highly competent manner and to instill the ethical and professional values that characterize excellent lawyers. Experienced attorneys (licensed six or more years) will be matched with newly licensed attorneys (licensed for one or two years) for a year-long mentoring program! Both mentors and mentees will receive six professional responsibility CLE credits upon successful program completion.

For more information on the WBAI’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program visit their website.

If you are interested in applying to participate in the WBAI’s L2L Mentoring Program:
L2L Mentoring Program Application Deadline is December 5, 2016.  

Application does not guarantee placement in the WBAI’s L2L Mentoring Program. However, only applications submitted by 5:00pm on December 5, 2016, will be considered. Program participants must be and continue active membership with the WBAI. If selected to participate in the WBAI’s L2L Mentoring Program you must attend the Program Orientation on December 12, 2016 at 5:30pm.

Mentor/Mentee Program

The WBAI’s Mentor/Mentee Program offers mentoring opportunities to our Law Student and Attorney members that do not qualify for or were not paired in the WBAI’s L2L Mentoring Program. To qualify as a mentor for the Mentor/Mentee Program, you must have at least one year of experience as a licensed attorney in Illinois.

Welcome in Spring by joining our Mentor/Mentee program. The WBAI is proud to offer mentoring to our law school student members. We are also looking for members that have at least one year of practice to serve as mentors.

If you are interested in participating, please email wbaimentors@gmail.com with the following information:

(1)  Your Name
(2)  Your area of practice
(3)  Identify participation as either

  • Mentor (at least two years licensed), or
  • Mentee (Law Student or Newly Admitted)

(4)  No more than one paragraph statement on why you are interested in participating in the WBAI’s Mentor/Mentee Program

Please respond no later than April 21, 2017 by 5:00 P.M.

We have several members that have requested a mentor, but assignments can only be made based on availability.

The WBAI’s Mentor/Mentee Program will be accepting participants from December 10, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

If you are interested in being a MENTOR or MENTEE, please respond to wbaimentors@gmail.com by December 31, 2015 at 5:00pm with:

  • Your Name
  • Your area of practice
  • Identify participation as either
    1. Mentor (at least one year licensed), or
    2. Mentee (Law Student)
  • Mentees Only – No more than one paragraph statement on why you are interested in participating in the WBAI’s Mentor/Mentee Program

A welcome reception for mentoring pairs will be held on January 13, 2016. Details will be provided upon approval of your application. Due to the high demand for mentors, assignments can only be made based on availability. With the season of joy and giving upon us, we encourage you to share the gift of knowledge and friendly conversation by signing up today.

For more information, contact:

Julia Williams

jwilliams@williamslaw.com