October 2013 edition

Dear NLMP Participant: We hope you are enjoying a pleasant October. This Fall edition of the NLMP newsletter contains several updates and items of interest:

Thank you, Mentors. We currently have more than 740 mentors who have volunteered to welcome our newest colleagues into the Oregon legal community. That’s an impressive number, and we are thankful. And yet, we are still looking to expand on that number. The greater our surplus of volunteers, the more flexibility we have to make highly effective matches. We encourage you to reach out to friends and colleagues who you think may be particularly well-suited to the mentor role, and encourage them to join the fray. The collegiality of the Oregon bar is known nationally, and our membership’s genuine embrace of new lawyers is one key to maintaining that unique Oregon culture. Much gratitude to all.

Lawyer scholarships to all-day Construction Law CLE.
The Construction Law Section is pleased to offer five full-ride scholarships to NLMP participants to its CLE on October 24 at the OSB Center in Tigard. Scholarships will include registration, printed course materials and a boxed lunch. They will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone enrolled in the NLMP program, regardless of whether you have been matched to a mentor as yet. Click here to see the brochure. To request a scholarship, send an email to Peter Viteznik at pviteznik@kilmerlaw.com. Submitting a request does not guarantee a scholarship. The NLMP program thanks the section for this offer.

Save the Date! We’re upping our “fun factor” with a Movie & Mentoring night on Monday, November 18 at the Hollywood Theatre in NE Portland. Join other NLMP participants for a showing of the legal classic Adams Rib, and a brief and entertaining discussion of some of the relevant themes. Stay tuned for your invitation. Thank you to the Oregon Bench Bar Commission on Professionalism for co-hosting this event.

New Lawyers Awaiting an Assignment.  For those who have enrolled, and not yet received a mentor assignment, please note that assignments continue to be made weekly, though they are somewhat slower than our ideal target. As more mentors finish up with their current roles and become available, we expect the pace to continue to pick up. While you are awaiting an assignment, you are under no regulatory or compliance deadlines. As long as you are enrolled, you are fully compliant. A deadline will only be assigned once a mentor match is announced. It is also a good idea to log onto your New Lawyer Enrollment Survey and update your Areas of Law, should they change. This will assist with a more successful matching process.

Mentoring through Pro Bono/Modest Means and Civil Rights Cases. In partnership with the Oregon Law Center, Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the OSB Civil Rights Section, the OSB is exploring a mechanism for Mentor/New Lawyer pairs to co-counsel on pro bono, modest means or civil rights cases as part of their mentoring year. This could provide outstanding structure to the year, offer practical skills value, and serve a critical public need. We hope that eventually the variety of case types, as well as their longevity and complexity, will be well-varied and offer a full range of options to participants. We are looking for a few “pilot” participants to get this program started. Any interested Mentors or New Lawyers – regardless of whether you are already matched up – please contact program administrator Kateri Walsh at kwalsh@osbar.org.

2013/14 Program Updates. We’ve completed extensive surveys of our first 18 months of operation. Feedback has been extremely positive and has reinforced that the program has met a significant need in our community. The three areas we’ve identified for focus this year include: 1) increased communication with participants; 2) increased event and programming opportunities; and 3) speeding up the matching process. Thank you to all who have offered substantive feedback through the online surveys, focus groups or simply reaching out to program leadership with your insightful comments. This program remains new, and we invite your continued input as we move ahead.

Mentors Completing the Program. Please note that once we certify your new lawyer’s completion of the program, your profile becomes available in the database to be connected with an incoming New Lawyer. Please log into the enrollment survey on your dashboard if you need to update your Areas of Law, or place yourself on match “hold” status.

Fall 2013 – Best Practices Tips:
For New Lawyers.
One week before your monthly meeting, send your mentor a short agenda for your discussion. Areas you’d like to cover, curriculum pieces still outstanding, questions/challenges/issues.
For Mentors. Plan several of your meetings as lunches or coffees with other colleagues of varying interests and perspectives. New Lawyers report that they love soaking in the collective wisdom of not only their own mentor, but associates and colleagues as well.
*Got a “Best Practices” Tip? Send it to mentoring@osbar.org.

Completing the Program. Most participants will be operating with deadlines of either May 31, or December 31 of their deadline year. Your deadline can be viewed by logging onto your password-protected Dashboard on the OSB website. To finish, simply fill out the Certificate of Completion and mail it with your Mentoring Plan Checklist and your $100 program fee to the attention of the NLMP at the Oregon State Bar Center address in Tigard. (PO Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281). If you would like an extension, or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the program administrator at kwalsh@osbar.org or mentoring@osbar.org.

Problems? Extensions? Concerns? NLMP program staff is standing by should you have any questions or concerns. If you are having problems in a mentoring relationship we are happy to help, or to re-assign participants. We can also grant extensions for program completion. Don’t hesitate to contact staff if we can be of any assistance.

Thank you again to all our NLMP program participants. We hope to see you at the November event. Meanwhile, we wish you a pleasant transition to the Fall season.