During the month of March, the YLD is challenging every lawyer in the state to #TakeAnHour to promote lawyer mentoring. By every lawyer, we mean every lawyer—young, experienced, and those in between.
The YLD believes that all young lawyers should have a good mentor, because mentors pass down valuable skills you can only learn through experience. Although The Florida Bar does not have an official mentoring program, the YLD is working to provide young lawyers with the tools they need to find a mentor and receive quality mentorship. We are working to achieve this goal in several ways.
One, the YLD is challenging all lawyers in the state of Florida to “Take an Hour” during the month of March. The campaign challenges all young lawyers in the state to find and reach out to a potential mentor and meet with them for one hour. We are also challenging experienced lawyers to take an hour of their time to pass on their experiences and knowledge to a young lawyer. This can take place during lunch, after work, etc. We hope that by accepting this challenge, mentoring relationships will begin to grow.
Two, as part of our “Take an Hour” campaign, we are using the YLD’s social media to share the invaluable mentoring materials on our website. For example, the YLD website contains dozens of Mentoring with the Masters videos designed to teach young lawyers how to become better lawyers. These short, practical videos feature successful lawyers who address discrete areas of interest designed to help young lawyers become better practitioners in and out of the courtroom. In addition, we have also created a Mentoring Matters webpage dedicated to assisting young lawyers find an existing mentoring program in their area.
Three, President Ray Abadin is hosting a free webinar entitled “Professionalism as a Survival Strategy in a Changing Environment” on March 23rd. In this free webinar, President Abadin addresses the changing legal environment and the things lawyers – especially young lawyers – need to know about the future of our profession. You can register for the webinar here.
And four, the YLD has worked with several successful lawyers around the state to create simple how-to videos designed to teach young lawyers basic areas of practice. These videos are not your standard CLE. They provide practical advice and practice pointers in representing your client. Although our database is growing, our current videos teach you how to handle a basic divorce, simple eviction, basic probate, personal injury suit, medical malpractice case, and transition from government to private practice.
Please be sure to watch the video and #TakeAnHour this March!
Santo DiGangi is a civil trial attorney with the law firm of Critton, Luttier & Coleman, LLP in West Palm Beach, Florida. He serves as an appointed representative with The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.