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Posted by: Barry Kolar on May 21, 2014

The TBA Mentoring Program is designed to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the participating attorneys, reduce the isolation experienced by some beginning attorneys, improve the quality of legal services received by clients, place renewed emphasis on the importance of professionalism, and generally benefit the legal profession as a whole.  

When asked about the importance of mentoring, the responses from member attorneys included:

• If you don't have a mentor, get one. Don't be afraid to ask the best lawyer in your area because once upon a time, someone did it for them and this field is full of folks who want to pay it forward.

• The single greatest thing that helped me learn when I was a new lawyer was to be assigned a great mentor who let me tag along with her everywhere.

• It is critical to have an experienced attorney to call. THIS IS TRULY CRITICAL AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS FOR A NEW ATTORNEY.

• Simply, you have to have a mentor.  If you do not then your life will be 100% harder. Starting out is hard enough.  Get a mentor to help ease that pain.

• I did not have a mentor.  It would have made life much easier if I did!

• Being mentored by an experienced attorney is essential. Reading rules and laws is still important, but if that's all you do, you won't know any more about the practice of law than the day you graduated from law school. Experienced attorneys can tell you how things actually work.

Mentee Application

To be considered as a mentee in the Tennessee Bar Association Mentoring Program, fill out the application and submit it.

If you have questions about the TBA's mentoring program please email Kate Prince or contact her at (615) 383-7421.