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TBA Launches Mentoring Program for New Lawyers

The TBA today launched a new mentoring program designed to respond to the growing trend of newly admitted lawyers opening solo practices. Beginning now, and running through Jan. 3, 2014, TBA members in their first three years of law practice may apply to be matched with a mentor. Those participating in the program will commit to a formal mentoring relationship for one year -- beginning in February -- with a requirement that mentors and mentees meet face-to-face at least once a month. Participants will be able to choose one of two tracks: a track that offers up to seven hours of CLE credit or one that will not include CLE. Participants will choose from a variety of curriculum topics, materials for which will be available on the TBA website. In addition to seeking mentees, the TBA is recruiting attorneys with at least eight years of legal practice experience to serve as mentors.

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Incubator Will Assist Young Lawyers in Memphis

The University of Memphis School of Law, in partnership with the Memphis Bar Association and the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has launched a new solo practioner incubator program for young lawyers. ESQ.BUILD, as it is known, is designed for attorneys in their first three years of practice. The idea of the program is not only to teach lawyers how to practice law, but also how to manage a law office. Program organizers say participants will have access to reduced price office space, mentoring and a range of logistical services. Participation will be limited to no more than 10 lawyers, who will be required to handle pro bono cases and donate a certain number of hours of service to the bar association in exchange for the opportunity. The Memphis Daily News reported the story.

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New AWA President Brings Unique Life Experience to Job

Memphis lawyer Fran Riley was installed as president of the Association for Women Attorneys at the organization’s recent annual banquet and silent auction. Riley, who is a law clerk to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, says she plans to continue the group’s traditional programs but also institute a formal mentoring program for law students and professionals. In an interview with the Memphis Daily News, Riley disclosed a little-known fact about her background: before becoming a lawyer, she worked on the initial conceptual design for turning the Lorraine Motel into the National Civil Rights Museum.

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New Mentoring Resources From TBA Task Force

The TBA Mentoring Task Force has worked intensively to find all attorney-mentoring programs in Tennessee and compile a list to assist lawyers in locating a mentor. This information is on the TBA’s website so that members can now access this information at any time. The list of mentoring programs has been divided by Judicial Districts and counties within those districts for ease of reference.

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