Mentor program now accepting applications
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The ISBA Young Lawyers Division officially launched the ISBA Mentor Program earlier this week and is accepting applications from ISBA members to serve as mentors or mentees for the 2015-2016 mentor year.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15. Mentors and mentees will be matched with the year-long program set to begin March 15. Members can download the mentor or mentee applications. Completed forms should be sent to the YLD Mentor Committee at

Once accepted into the program as a mentor or mentee, attorneys will receive additional materials regarding the program which includes a mentor guide, information on mentor training, and a mentor/mentee match. The program commitments are minimal: six hours of contact over the year between mentor and mentee (ideally in-person) with no formal curriculum, although a suggested list of topics and issues is provided.

Who can apply? ISBA members who have been licensed for fewer than five years in the state of Iowa are eligible to be a mentee. To serve as a mentor, attorneys must have been licensed for five years or more in Iowa, have a clean disciplinary record, and carry malpractice insurance (if required). The YLD Mentoring Committee anticipates a high number of mentee applications, and are asking those who are eligible to serve as a mentor to consider joining the program.

More information about the program is available in the December Iowa Lawyer magazine (Pages 8-11). For questions regarding the mentoring program, contact the YLD Mentoring Committee at