The AABA Mentor Program is designed to assist new lawyers
with both the practical and ethical issues facing today's practitioners.
Although today's new lawyers are well versed on the theoretical approach
to the law, few have mastered the practical approach to assisting clients.
Goals of the Mentor Program
lawyers who have been practicing for fewer than five years in the
practical approaches to the practice of law.
new lawyers in avoiding the mistakes that their predecessors found
to be "costly lessons to learn."
new practitioners regarding Anne Arundel policy and procedures, as
well as to assist them in becoming more familiar with the respective
members of the bar and bench.
new practitioners regarding ethical and professional issues.
collegial and professional relationships among the members of the
have five years of practice in Maryland
be willing/available to assist a new practitioner by answering questions
relating to his/her practice.
be accessible for brief (approximately 15-minute) conversations with
agree not to charge any fee for consultation
assist in fostering a collegial and professional relationship with
other members of the bar.
accept employment as co-counsel with the mentee at the request of
the client and mentee.
not be required to do any legal research or accept professional responsibility
for any advice given (unless expressly employed as co-counsel).
Mentee Qualifications and Guidelines
be member of the AABA.
is suggested that the mentee contact the mentor once a month to discuss
issues and be adequately prepared to address specific concerns with
the mentor at the time of consultation.
not rely solely upon advice given by his/her mentor; rather, the mentee
must make a professional evaluation of all advice received and advise
his/her client based upon his/her professional opinions and assessments.
not divulge the identity of the client to his mentor except if necessary
to avoid a conflict of interest and maintain the professional responsibility
not inform his/her client of the consultation or advice given, nor
inform the client of the name of his/her mentor without the written
consent of the mentor.