Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ohio Mentor Program

The Ohio Supreme Court has announced a new mentoring program that will match experienced lawyers with newly-admitted members of the Ohio Bar:

The Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program is a one-year voluntary program for new lawyers designed to help ease the transition from law school to law practice through an ongoing relationship with an experienced attorney. The program was initiated by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Justice Terrence O'Donnell and developed by the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, with input from law schools, bar associations and law firms throughout Ohio. The pilot project began in July 2006.

In a rule change announced on July 28, the Court charged the commission with administering an annual permanent program effective Nov. 1 and evaluating and analyzing the program every three years. The first class enrolled in the permanent program will be those attorneys who passed the July bar exam and are admitted to the bar in November.

It would be a nice touch to have an annual meeting of participants in Mentor, Ohio. (Mike Frisch)


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