of law professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H.
Bowen School of Law, has launched a national study of the best law mentors in
the country. The authors’ stated goal is to identify attorney mentors who work
with young lawyers to transform their careers and their lives, study those
mentors in depth and understand why they are so effective. Based on this
research, they will identify and describe a set of behaviors, attitudes and
habits that are characteristic of the best law mentors.
hope to produce a work that is a manual for attorneys who aspire to be
transformative mentors, a resource for legal employers for hiring and training
mentors and a tool young lawyers might use to find good mentors,” said Dean
Michael Hunter Schwartz, one of the four professors working on the project.
have signed a contract with Harvard University Press to publish the book in
authors will solicit nominations, gather evidence of nominees’ excellence and
pare the list to the most extraordinary legal mentors. They will then study the
mentors where they work, interviewing both the mentors and focus groups of current
and former mentees. They also hope to observe mentoring interactions. The
authors plan to then sift through the information they have gathered, identify
what the best mentors have in common and areas of important difference, and
organize the book by the common themes identified through this process.
now, the authors are seeking nominees for their study via a website they have
established, bestlawmentors.com. The web provides details about the project,
the authors and their methodology.
more information about the project, click here. If
you wish to nominate a mentor for the study, please click here.