Mentee Application Mentor/Mentee Guidelines
New Practitioner Section
We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to the fall and the start of the 2014-2015 Bar Year. While we always seek to welcome and provide valuable resources to our Association’s newest practitioners, our programs and events are enriched by the continual support of the Executive Committee and the Bar at large. So, as always, we invite EVERYONE to join us!
Our first meeting of the year is our Welcome Back Happy Hour, which we will be co-hosting with the Young Lawyers Division for the Maryland chapter of the Federal Bar Association on Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at Brickside Food and Drink, located at 4866 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814. Come out and catch up with your peers, get to know some young lawyers from the Federal Bar Association, and learn about the exciting plans we have for the upcoming year!
We will be continuing with the “Nuts and Bolts” series that has received such a positive response from the Section over the past few years. Our first Nuts and Bolts program will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30 – 6:30 in the CLE classroom of the Bar Building. Stay tuned for more details, but rest assured, the presentation will be both informative and entertaining.
SAVE THE DATE: In conjunction with the Community Outreach Committee, our Section is co-organizing the Bar Association’s 2014 Inspiration Walk and 5k for the Montgomery County Special Olympics, to be held on Sunday, September 28th at Georgetown Prep in Rockville. This event will be the culmination of our continued partnership with the Community Outreach Committee and the Special Olympics. If you have not yet had the pleasure of participating in this initiative in the past, you are missing out! Registration for this event is open, and we encourage all of you to participate, whether as a walker, a runner, a volunteer, or a fan. For more details, and to register for this event, visit the Bar Association website at www.somowalk.org. Do not miss out on what promises to be one of the most well attended and inspirational events of the year!
Our September Chamber Chat will take place on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. and will be hosted by the Honorable Eric M. Johnson. Judge Johnson will be retiring this fall. However, he has graciously agreed to host one last Chamber Chat. Judge Johnson has been on the Circuit Court bench since August 29, 2000. During his time on the Circuit Court bench, Judge Johnson has served as a member of the Family Law Committee and the Public Awareness Committee for the Maryland Judicial Conference and the Drug Treatment Court Commission. Prior to joining the Circuit Court bench, Judge Johnson was a member of the District Court bench for four years. Bring your lunch, along with any questions, and take advantage of this opportunity to get to know a member of our Circuit Court bench in an informal setting. No RSVP is required, but it is appreciated for planning purposes only. The Chamber Chat is open to all members of the Bar, not just members of the New Practitioners Section. Judge Johnson’s Chambers is located in the Circuit Court Building at 50 Maryland Avenue, 9th floor of the North Tower, Courtroom 9C. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth McInturff, Chamber Chat Committee Chair, at (240) 399-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.
― John C. Crosby
As a new practitioner, it is important to have the mentorship of an experienced attorney to assist a young attorney achieve her professional and personal goals. The practice of law involves a multitude of considerations to include, not only a variety of practice areas, but also work/life balance, a choice between government and private practice, and practice at a large or small firm. Assessing one's priorities and finding a practice that fits one's goals can be a difficult task. This task can be made less daunting with the guidance of an attorney-mentor. By participating in the Montgomery County Bar Association Mentor-Mentee Program, experienced attorney-mentors are paired with new-practitioner-mentees. The mentors share their experiences and wisdom with their mentees. Both mentors and mentees build relationships with each other, involve themselves in the Montgomery County Bar Association, and network with other mentors and mentees. With their involvement, each can learn from one another.
If you have practiced law for more than seven years, we encourage you to volunteer as a mentor in the Montgomery County Bar Association Mentor-Mentee Program. If you have been practicing law for less than seven years and would like guidance from a mentor, we encourage you to apply to get a mentor. Applications to be a mentor or mentee are available at: [we attached them to this email], and can be submitted at any time to Rosalyn Tang at email@example.com.
Kathryn E. Deckert
Chamber Chat Chair:
Section MeetingsSeptember 23, 2014*
October 23, 2014**
November 19, 2014**
January 21, 2015**
February 18, 2015
March 18, 2015**
April 15, 2015
May 20, 2015
*Happy Hour, to be held at Brickside Food & Drink, Bethesda, MD
**to be held in the Upstairs Conference Room
All meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.
Upcoming Chamber ChatsSeptember 10, 2014*
*Judge Johnson's Chambers