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AABANY 2014-2015 Mentorship Program

We are pleased to announce the opening of AABANY's Mentorship Program for the year 2014-15!

The purpose of the program is to provide support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched to a mentor who will serve as a teacher, role model, and resource to the mentee. By way of one-to-one relationships and events held throughout the year, the program will provide the structure to advance the professional growth, and legal and networking skills of both mentors and mentees. Mentors and mentees will be AABANY members and may come from any level of experience and practice area.

We differentiate our program from others by focusing on not only practice areas but also personal interests and hobbies when matching mentors and mentees. By doing so, we hope to facilitate long-lasting relationships that are compatible personally as well as professionally. Because of the program's popularity, we will be giving priority to those mentee applicants who are AABANY members. As such, if you would like to participate as a mentee, please ensure that you are a member at the time you submit your application.

If you are a past participant, please feel free to sign up for a new mentee or mentor. However, we encourage that you maintain your current relationship with your mentee or mentor.

The program will be launched during the cocktail reception at the AABANY Fall Conference to be held on September 20, 2014 at Morgan Lewis, 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY.

The deadline to be a mentee has passed. However, we are only 20 mentors away from reaching our goal of a one-to-one ratio of mentor-to-mentee. If you are interested in becoming involved as a mentor, please contact Julie Kwon directly for the link to the Mentorship form.

Questions? Please direct them to Julie Kwon, Coordinator of the Mentorship Program, at


Responsibilities and Expectations of Mentees

By participating in this program, the mentee agrees to:
• Initiate contact with the mentor
• Meet with the mentor face-to-face a few times within the course of the year
• Follow-up with the mentor by email/phone and keep the mentor informed of progress/difficulties
• Inform the mentor of any interest in a legal practice area
• Take ownership for his or her own mentoring process and career development
• Be willing to learn and take feedback from the mentor
• Be open to the mentor’s suggestions and make a good effort at implementing them
• Be appreciative of the mentor’s time and support by being punctual, courteous and responsive


Responsibilities and Expectations of Mentors

By participating in this program, the mentor agrees to:

• Meet with the mentee face-to-face a few times within the course of the year
• Follow up with mentee
• Acquaint the mentee with his or her law practice
• Provide support, advice and constructive criticism to build the mentee’s skills and confidence
• Establish ground rules with the mentee, e.g., best methods of contact
• Encourage the mentee to contact him or her with any questions or concerns
• Introduce or make the mentee aware of resources, opportunities and other attorneys that would help the mentee with his or her career development

To apply as a mentor please complete the questionnaire below. If you are not able to see the questionnaire on your browser, click here to go to the form directly. If you would prefer to send your resume or on-line profile (e.g., LinkedIn), please email Julie directly at


Thank you for your participation in the AABANY Mentorship Program 2014-2015.