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TIP FAQs

New Attorneys

Mentors

 
Is the Transitioning into Practice program mandatory?
Yes. All newly admitted members of the State Bar of Nevada must participate in TIP unless they have already practiced in another jurisdiction for at least five (5) years.
 
What if I am unemployed or otherwise not practicing law after admission?
New lawyers who do not have plans to begin practicing law immediately after admission, including new lawyers who are working as judicial clerks, may request a deferral in six month increments for up to two (2) years or until such time as they begin practicing law, whichever occurs first.
 
When do I enroll in the TIP program?
Unless exempt or deferred, new lawyers must enroll in the TIP program by filing the enrollment form within four (4) weeks after admission to the bar. Unless otherwise arranged, all new lawyers will begin the next available program cycle following their admission to the bar. New lawyers who are granted a deferral must enroll in the next available cycle once they begin to practice law.
 
Who are the mentors?
Mentors are active State Bar of Nevada members in good standing who have at least seven (7) years of experience in the practice of law in Nevada. They must have a reputation for competence and for conducting themselves ethically and professionally. Mentors must complete an application process and are ultimately appointed by the Supreme Court of Nevada.
 
Do mentors get any special training?
Yes. All appointed mentors are required to participate in a training program prepared by the bar. In addition to familiarizing mentors with the creation and execution of the TIP program, the training program includes ideas and tips for establishing successful mentoring relationships. Mentors are also asked to review this manual in its entirety.
How do I find a mentor?
There are three (3) ways that mentors will be identified for new lawyers. If a newly admitted lawyer is hired by a firm or organization, their employer may assign a senior associate to serve as their mentor. The second option is for a new lawyer to select a mentor from the published list of Supreme Court-appointed mentors or seek out a respected member of the bar and ask if they are willing to serve as a mentor (in this latter instance, the Mentor will be provisionally approved pending their appointment by the Supreme Court). In the event that a new lawyer’s choice of Mentor is not available, the bar will match the new attorney with a mentor based principally on geographical and practice area.
 
Does my mentor have to be a lawyer in my firm?
Generally, lawyers employed in law firms, corporate legal departments, and government offices will be matched with a mentor in the same firm or office. However, new lawyers may opt to select a mentor outside of their organization.
 

Can I choose my own mentor?
Yes. A new lawyer’s request for a specific mentor will be taken into consideration, provided the mentor is qualified and appointed by the court.

What is the TIP Mentoring Plan?
The TIP Mentoring Plan sets out the activities the new lawyer will work on with the mentor during the mentoring cycle. It is comprised of four areas of required activities and one practice-specific area of electives selected by the new lawyer. The elective activities may be in one or more substantive areas and must include at least six (6) basic skills activities. Several practice area activities are contained in this manual. If a new lawyer wishes to focus on a substantive area not covered in the manual, the new lawyer and the mentor may identify basic skill activities related to that substantive area.

Can I get credit for TIP Mentoring Plan activities that I have already completed prior to admission?
Any activities completed prior to admission will assist in designing a customized mentoring plan and allow the new lawyer to build on existing knowledge and skills however, will not exempt him/her from completing all of the required activities outlined in the mentoring plan.
Are communications between the new lawyer and the mentor confidential?
In all cases, the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct should be followed. For an inside the firm or office mentorship, the confidentiality of communications between the mentor and new lawyer may also depend on the firm’s or office’s policies. For an outside mentorship, the new lawyer shall not reveal to the mentor any confidential communications between the new lawyer and the new lawyer’s client.
 
Will the mentor supervise the beginning lawyer’s work?
For an inside firm or office mentorship, supervision of the newly admitted lawyer’s work is a matter to be determined by the firm’s or office’s policy. For an outside mentorship, the mentor is not expected to supervise the practice of law by the new lawyer.
 
What is the mentor’s role in evaluating the new lawyer?
The role of the mentor in evaluating the work and professional development of the new lawyer within the firm or office is a matter to be determined by the firm’s or office’s policy. In scenarios when the mentor and new lawyer do not work in the same firm, the mentor assumes no responsibility for evaluating the work of the new lawyer. The mentor and new lawyer both have responsibility for evaluating the mentoring relationship. The mentor is responsible for assessing whether the new lawyer has satisfactorily completed the Transitioning into Practice program.
 
How much time will the TIP program require?
Transitioning into Practice is designed to be completed in six (6) months. While it is expected that the mentor and newly admitted lawyer will meet in person for about two hours each month, the actual number of meetings and time will vary depending on each mentoring relationship and the mentoring plan that is developed by the mentor and new lawyer. In addition to meeting in person, other methods of communication such as conference calls and email are expected to be utilized as a manner in which to review and discuss the various experiences and activities that make up the mentoring plan and to monitor the new lawyer’s progress. Those participating in the inaugural cycle will be reporting actual hours spent completing the program over the course of the six month period. This information will be utilized to further refine the TIP program.
 
Do I have to complete MCLE requirements in addition to the Mentor Program?
No. Nevada MCLE rules require newly admitted lawyers who have practiced law less than five (5) years to complete Transitioning into Practice. The first standard MCLE reporting year for this identified group begins the year following the first full year of admission (see SCR 214).
What do I do if I have a problem with my mentor?
New lawyers are encouraged to give the relationship some time to develop and to remember that the mentor may not be able to satisfy all of the needs for support that the new lawyer may have. If a mentor is not making time for regular meetings or is not providing helpful guidance and coaching through the mentoring plan activities, a new mentor may be assigned. Please contact the TIP administrator at the state bar for confidential assistance.
 
What do I do if I have a problem with my new lawyer?
If a new lawyer is not making time for regular meetings and otherwise not participating in the program, please contact the TIP administrator at the state bar for confidential assistance.
 
What if I can’t complete my Mentoring Plan within the time allowed?
If a new lawyer does not believe that the December 31st deadline can be met due to health or personal issues, job changes or other circumstances beyond their control, an extension may be granted for good cause shown. A request for an extension must be submitted in writing to the TIP Administrator at the State Bar of Nevada prior to the December 31st deadline. A new lawyer who does not qualify for an extension and who does not complete the plan in time will be given written notice and subject to suspension and a fine. Failure to complete the plan will result in the Board of Governors recommending that the noncomplying new lawyer be suspended from membership in the Bar and, consequently, from the practice of law.
 
How do I establish completion of the TIP Mentoring Plan?
When all of the activities of the TIP Mentoring Plan have been completed, the mentee is responsible for submitting the Mentoring Plan online, completing an Exit Evaluation and paying the $350 TIP fee. After the mentor attests to the completion of the program requirements, the state bar will issue the mentee a Certifictae of Completion at the end of the TIP cycle.
 
What if I can’t afford the fee?
At the discretion of the state bar, the TIP program fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship or special circumstances. Requests for a fee waiver must be
submitted in writing to the TIP Standing Committee and include the reason for the request accompanied by a summary of the applicant’s income and expenses. All requests for a fee waiver will be kept in confidence.
How do I get reinstated from a suspension?
A new lawyer suspended for failing to timely complete the mentoring plan can apply to the state bar for reinstatement by submitting the appropriate reinstatement form accompanied by the completed TIP Mentoring Plan and Exit Evaluation and payment of the $350 TIP program fee, along with any related fines. If the
submission is satisfactory, the state bar shall notify the clerk of the court that the suspended attorney has completed the requirements for reinstatement.
 
What do I do if I discover that my mentor has substance abuse issues?
Contact Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers for guidance and assistance. If the issue has or will adversely affect the mentoring relationship contact the state bar Standing Committee on TIP for possible confidential reassignment.
 
What do I do if I discover that my new lawyer has substance abuse issues?
Contact Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers for guidance and assistance. If the issue has or will adversely affect the mentoring relationship contact the state bar Standing Committee on TIP for possible confidential reassignment.
 
What is my obligation should my new lawyer report to me that their boss is sexually harassing him or her?
In this situation follow the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct. You are also encouraged to contact the state bar counsel’s ethics hotline.
 
I am a public lawyer; is the mentoring program tailored for me?
Yes. While public lawyers are required to complete the mandatory activities and experiences there is still plenty of opportunity to customize the plan for public lawyers.
I’d like to use my firm/organization’s existing mentoring program to meet the TIP requirements. Do I need to get the firm/organization plan approved?
No. The TIP mentoring plan is designed to complement and/or cross-over into existing mentoring plans allowing for the TIP mentoring plan to be completed simultaneously.
 
My mentor/mentor’s firm is attempting to recruit/hire me on. What should I do?
This program is not a recruiting tool for attorneys and firms. When in doubt, always follow the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct. Contact the state bar Standing Committee on TIP to address any concerns.
 
I live in a more rural area of Nevada, how will I find a mentor?
You can identify and select a local attorney to serve as your mentor. If this is not feasible the state bar will match you with a mentor or two. In some cases, a circle mentoring approach will be utilized.
 
Do I need to do a conflict check?
For outside mentoring relationships there should be no discussions about cases and the Rules of Professional Conduct kept. If in doubt, check with the client.
 
I am exempt from the program because I’ve been practicing for more than 5 years, can I still enroll in the TIP program?
Yes. Matches will be made on a tiered basis with priority given to those who must meet the requirement.
Can I use a pro bono case to complete the requirements in TIP?
Yes. Mentors who focus on pro bono service are noted on the mentor list. Additionally, pro bono activities cover many of the requirements set forth in the Model Mentoring Plan. TIP presents many opportunities for a new lawyer to focus on pro bono and complete TIP requirements.
 
I’m a law clerk and will serve in such position longer than two years, what are my options?
1. Enroll in the TIP program at the conclusion of the two-year deferral period. 2. If you are unable to be in the program while serving as a clerk you may submit in writing to the Board of Governors a request to extend the maximum deferral period.
 
Do mentors receive MCLE credit?
Mentors are eligible to receive six (6) CLE credits (2 ethics) in Nevada for each cycle in which they participate.
 
What if my new lawyer begins to complain about internal affairs/office politics within his or her firm?
Refer the new lawyer to their HR department. Always follow the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct.
 
My new lawyer’s plan consists of activities and experiences, with which I am not familiar, what are my options?
Consult the resource library at the bar website. Furthermore, ask another lawyer that can provide resource and guidance on the specific activity or experience.
As a mentor, am I insured under liability coverage?
Mentors are encouraged to contact their malpractice insurance carrier to confirm coverage while serving as a mentor in the program.

What if my new lawyer gets sued for malpractice while I am serving as the mentor?
All discussions should be at a hypothetical level. Always refer to the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct. Contact your insurance provider and consult an attorney should you be named in the lawsuit.
 

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