FAQS About the Mentoring Program for New Admittees
Who may participate in the Mentoring Program?
To participate, new admittees must:
- Have successfully passed the Maryland Bar Exam;
- Be admitted to practice law in Maryland;
- Register with the Acting Executive Director and have completed the Mentoring Orientation;
- Committed to practice in the State of Maryland, whether in a public or private position, for the duration of the mentoring term.
Am I required to participate in the Mentoring Program?
No. Participation is voluntary.
Why should I consider participating?
Mentoring provides invaluable assistance in making the transition from law school to legal practice. As a new admittee, you will face many challenges in your first year of legal practice. Mentoring links you to an experienced attorney to help you sharpen your skills and provide guidance as you begin your legal career. Attorneys who have participated in Ohio and Georgia’s programs said their program gave them more practical knowledge about the practice of law and made them better attorneys. Ninety-two percent of surveyed in Ohio said they would recommend the program to other new admittees.
How do I sign up for the Mentoring Program?
New admittees who meet the program requirements and wish to participate in the Mentoring Program for New Admittees must complete the New Admittee Application by the date of his or her admission ceremony. You can contact the Executive Director of the Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc., Monise A. Brown, Esq., at (410) 260-3762 or by e-mail at email@example.com to receive the Application.
Why do I have to decide whether I want to participate in mentoring by my admission ceremony?
The mentoring program has been designed to meet the needs of a new admittees who have just begun the practice of law. Moreover, the limited administrative support for the program cannot facilitate mentor-new admittee matching on a rolling admission basis.
What information is requested in the New Admittee Application?
The New Admittee Application requests your employment information, if any, your profile information, and your mentor preferences.
I am a new admittee who meets the program’s eligibility requirements. May I participate if I do not yet have a legal position?
Yes. You do not have to hold a legal position to participate.
Who may serve as a mentor in the Mentoring Program?
To be an eligible mentor you must:
- The applicant must be an active member of the Maryland Bar.
- The applicant must have a minimum of five years of experience.
- The applicant must aver that he or she has read The Ideals of Professionalism and will convey by word and deed, the values embodied in the Ideals. (The Ideals of Professionalism are contained in the Appendix to the Maryland Rules, immediately following the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct and were enacted on March 9, 2010, effective July 1, 2010.)
- The mentor may not be employed by the same employer as a mentee.
- The applicant cannot have been subject to any disciplinary sanctions.
Why should I consider being a mentor?
Through mentoring, you give back to the legal community by assisting new admittees entering the profession. Many mentors from Ohio and Georgia’s pilot program found the experience to be quite rewarding as they appreciated the opportunity to re-examine how they practice law and pass on their best advice to new admittees. For many, mentoring also fostered a renewed sense of purpose in their work.
How do I volunteer to be a mentor?
To volunteer to mentor, a Mentor Application must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director, Monise A. Brown, Esq.. You can submit your application online at http://mdcourts.gov/professionalism/index.html or by contacting her at (410) 260-3762 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application be sent to you.
May I mentor a new admittee inside of my firm?
No. We are only matching mentors with mentees outside of their firm or place of employment.
If I serve as a mentor multiple times, must I attend the mentor orientation program every time I participate?
No. As a mentor, you must participate in the mentor orientation only before you begin your first mentoring term. However, if you choose to participate in the program multiple times, you will need to review the orientation materials sent to you at the start of each mentoring term. It is important to be familiar with the most up-to-date mentoring materials and be aware of any changes to the program.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Mentoring Relationship
What is the objective of the Mentoring Program?
The purpose of the Mentoring Program for New Admittees is to elevate the competence, professionalism and success of Maryland attorneys by creating positive mentoring relationships. Specifically, the mentoring relationship should foster the development of the new admittee’s practical skills and increase his or her knowledge of legal customs; contribute to a sense of integrity in the legal profession; promote collegial relationships among legal professionals and involvement in the organized bar; improve legal ability and professional judgment; and encourage the use of best practices and highest ideals in the practice of law. Mentoring works on several different levels to foster the development of a new admittee’s career while creating a sense of pride and purpose in the mentor.
Is there any cost to participate?
No. There is no cost for new admittees or mentors to participate.
How often are the new admittee and mentor required to meet?
The mentor and new admittee are required to six in-person meetings during the mentoring term. Mentors and new admittees are free to meet more frequently if they so choose.
What are new admittees and mentors required to accomplish over the course of the mentoring term?
The mentor and new admittees will be required to engage in a minimum of six in-person meetings over the course of the mentoring term, during which they will be required to engage in various professional activities. A list of activities to be selected from are provided on the Mentoring Agreement form.
What is the Mentoring Agreement?
The Mentoring Agreement is an agreement that defines the parameters of the mentoring relationship. The Mentoring Agreement must be signed by the mentor and new admittee at their first meeting and submitted with their Mentoring Plan at the start of the mentoring term.
Am I required to submit any documentation during the course of the mentoring term?
Yes. The completed Mentoring Agreement, Mentoring Survey, and Certificate of Satisfactory Completion must all be signed by both the new admittee and mentor during the course of the mentoring term.
Is there an orientation for participants?
Yes. Mentors and mentees must participate in an orientation.
Who will administer the Mentoring Program?
The Executive Director of the Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc. will administer the program, under the supervision of Judge Battaglia. Any questions about the program should be referred to Monise A. Brown, Esq. at (410) 260-3762 or email@example.com.