Help the Next Generation of International Lawyers: Become a Mentor

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The International Practice Section cordially invites you to join our ongoing mentorship program.  Mentorship requirements are minimal and flexible and can be satisfied by meeting with your mentee (a foreign trained attorney or law student) for coffee.

Am I really qualified to be a mentor?
If you’re a lawyer with an international aspect to your practice, you’re qualified!

Who are the mentees, and how are they assigned?
The mentees are LLM and JD students at UW, Seattle U, and Gonzaga with an interest in international practice.  Many of them are foreign-certified attorneys.  We make every attempt to match up mentors and mentees by common interest, background, or language.

What do I have to do as a mentor?
The formal requirements are minimal.  The goal of the program is to pair up experienced American attorneys with foreign-trained attorneys or law students interested in the international practice of law, and to allow mentors and mentees to engage in dialogue and build a relationship.  That could mean anything from meeting once for coffee to getting together regularly for meetings.

Why should I join the IPS mentorship program?
The IPS mentorship program offers numerous benefits to both mentors and mentees.  For mentors, it offers opportunities to network, to empower someone new in the practice, and to provide a sounding board and access to knowledge, situations and networks.  For mentees, it offers opportunities to build a meaningful relationship with a practitioner, to develop relevant skills and experience, and to learn more about the local legal community.  The mentorship program gives everyone a chance to create lifelong learning and a relationship that may last after the formal program ends.  For more information please visit the Global Gavel’s  “Mentorship Program” page.

How do I sign up?

There are two ways to sign up:

1. Complete the online form here; or
2. Email Linda Chu (lindychu@gmail.com) or Monica Sham (monica.ipsmentor@gmail.com).

You do not have to be an IPS member in order to be a mentor.

What if I have more questions?
Feel free to contact Monica Sham (monica.ipsmentor@gmail.com) or Linda Chu (lindychu@gmail.com) with any questions.