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Calling All Mentors!

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By Alexis Applegate & Giovanni Di Maggio
Last year, we had the chance to participate as mentees in the Washington Council of Lawyers Mentoring Program. We both benefitted tremendously from the experience: our mentors helped answer many of our questions and gave us useful advice about legal practice and public interest work in Washington, DC. In addition, the program’s events provided even more tips and perspectives that will help us throughout our legal careers.

We enjoyed the mentoring program so much that we agreed to coordinate it this year. And our first job is to recruit a great class of mentors for the 2015–2016 mentoring year.

We’re looking for experienced lawyers (five years or more of practice) from public-interest organizations, government agencies, or law firms. If you fit this description and are interested in getting to know a new public-interest lawyer, please join us as a mentor this year.

If you have been a mentor before, we welcome your participation again this year. If you have not been a part of the mentoring program before, this is a great time to get started.

As a mentor, you’ll be expected to meet individually with your mentee at least three times during the program year. We’ll also ask you to attend three additional events, unless you have an unavoidable conflict: (1) Speed Mentoring, on November 17, 2015, where you’ll meet your mentee and other participants; (2) a lunch event, on January 12, 2016, where mentees and mentors will break up into small groups to discuss setting short-term and long-term career goals; and (3) our closing event, tentatively scheduled for May 12, 2016, where members of the mentee class will get a chance to talk to you and the other mentors.

If you’re interested, please email us a short biography, along with your areas of interest and expertise, by Thursday, September 10, 2015. We will use this information to help us match you with a mentee, and we’ll share your biography with other program participants.

Thank you, and if you have any questions please email us at

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