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Back Story: Mentorship Program Underway

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mEnTorShIP ProGrAm UnDErWAY
bY LiSA mcGRANE, cLiENt pRotEctioN mANAGER
By now, the word is out. Transitioning into Practice (TIP) is operational and the process of recruiting attorney mentors and pairing them with new attorneys entering the profession has begun. Nevada is one of just seven states to implement a comprehensive program, such as TIP, that introduces newly admitted attorneys to the practice of law by teaming them with experienced and well-respected attorneys for a sixmonth-long mentorship experience.
New lawyers are responsible for tracking their TIP progress online and mentors will attest that the activities have been completed.
how it Works
Mentors and newly admitted attorneys are paired based on shared practice areas, oversight and resources “I think the mentoring program, locations, etc. For instance, a new attorney Each mentor serving in the program now known as TIP, will be a practicing in bankruptcy law will be paired is vetted through the Standing Committee tremendous opportunity for our with a mentor practicing in the same on Transitioning into Practice, approved new and seasoned attorneys. specialty. This match can be made with by the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of With the program goal attorneys practicing in the same office or Governors and formally appointed by the being an enhanced model of with an attorney practicing in an office Nevada Supreme Court. nearby. A new attorney can request a professionalism, everyone – Mentors will be provided with specific mentor or vice versa. training materials and, once the mentorlawyers, clients and judges – Once a match is made, the mentor and attorney relationship is established, the will benefit.” new attorney will establish a schedule for pair will have access to an online resource chief Justice Nancy Saitta completing the mandatory and elective library designed to aid in the discussion activities and experiences contained in of required program elements. Members the Model Mentoring Plan. The plan is designed to provide an of the standing committee will also be available to serve as introduction to the topics a lawyer needs to be familiar with mentor coaches. prior to entering the practice of law. With the exception of certain mandatory elements, the plan may be customized to Program Exceptions meet the needs of each individual lawyer. Newly admitted attorneys may request exemptions or deferrals from the program under limited circumstances. For Examples of some of the required elements include: more information or to request a deferral or exemption, visit the • Reviewing the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct; TIP webpage at www.nvbar.org/tip. • Discussing ethical conflicts; • Discussing good time management skills and techniques; and • Reviewing the importance of good client communication. lisa mcGRanE is the State Bar of Nevada’s The mentor and new attorney have six months to complete Client Protection Manager and oversees the the required program elements, along with a minimum of six administration of the bar’s Fee Dispute and electives in one or more of 18 defined practice areas. Mentors Clients’ Security Fund programs. She can be may work with their new lawyer on a one-on-one basis or reached at lisam@nvbar.org. involve other attorneys with expertise in specific areas.
The Nevada Supreme Court issued an order effective November 16, 2011 that suspended the Bridge the Gap program for one year and established TIP as a pilot program. The program will encompass those attorneys admitted on October 2011 or later and those attorneys previously admitted who have not yet completed Bridge the Gap. Enrollment in the TIP program begins in April 2012.
When it begins
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Nevada Lawyer January 2012
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