|National study of the best lawyer mentors launched|
A team 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.
"We 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. The authors have signed a contract with Harvard University Press to publish the book in 2019.
The 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.
Right 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.