Now, more than ever, students at New York City’s public schools are grappling with questions of inequality and whether the law is the same as justice. Legal Outreach’s Mentoring Program allows attorneys and law school graduates to directly impact high school students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds by guiding them through high school and modeling what it means to be an attorney and to engage with the law – and allows attorneys to consider these questions, too! You and the members of Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) are invited to apply now to volunteer to be a Mentor, starting the 2021-22 academic year! Attorneys meet with their students once a month to get to know each other and discuss any issues and obstacles students are facing. Mentors, with materials provided by Legal Outreach, also help students through Legal Outreach’s Constitutional Law Debate Program. In Debate, students learn and apply Supreme Court precedent to issues directly affecting the country, such as qualified immunity, political apparel at polling sites, education rights for undocumented students, gerrymandering and voting rights, discrimination in housing developments, and more. To be a Mentor, a volunteer needs just their JD and the ability to commit to 4-6 hours a month to meet and communicate with their student. It is a low-time, high-impact program that will help shape the course of a young person’s life and make the legal profession a more inclusive one. It is so important for our students to be able to see a model of what they can do with a law degree and see themselves represented in the profession. Apply here by August 15, 2021 to be a Mentor starting the 2021-22 academic year!
The second enrollment period for law students seeking Attorney Mentors is now OPEN, APPLY TODAY! This open enrollment period will conclude on Sunday, March 8th.
APPLICATION MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
Students must currently attend one of the thirteen New York City metropolitan area law schools, that PALS serves:
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Columbia University School of Law
CUNY School of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Hofstra University School of Law
New York Law School
New York University School of Law
Pace University School of Law
Rutgers University School of Law (Newark)
Seton Hall University School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law and
Touro CollegeJacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Students must be a 1L or 2L Law Student of Color:
However, we would like to continue to encourage 3rd year law students to attend PALS panels, workshops and networking receptions to also meet attorneys and develop mentoring relationships.
Students must submit a brief essay of 250-500 words addressing the following topic:
As a law student of color what do you hope to gain by participating in the PALS Mentoring Program and the PALS Community? Please explain why it is important for you to pay this forward when you become a practicing attorney.
Completed mentee applications will be matched with mentors in the order in which they are received after the conclusion of the open enrollment period.
Students matched through the program will be required to review the PALS MentoringManual and sign a participation agreement with their mentor.
PALS is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys. PALS does this by offering customized mentoring, educational and professional development opportunities. PALS provides resources to augment the law school and employer training of, respectively, minority law students and beginning lawyers, and will continue to offer its services free of charge.
2. PALS will respond to your email within 7 business days, indicating a completed mentor profile status.
We thank you for your willingness to volunteer as a mentor in the past. If you would like an additional PALS Mentee, or if you have lost touch with your PALS Mentee and are interested in being assigned a new PALS Mentee, please update your profile and let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Attorneys matched through the program will be required to review the
Whether you are in your first, second or last year of law school, the New York County Lawyers’ Association invites all law students to its annual Law Student Reception and Mentor for a Day Auction.
JOIN US for food, drink, networking and fun AT NO COST TO YOU at the NYCLA Home of Law, 14 Vesey Street NY. Meet the leaders of one of the most influential county bar associations in the country, and learn about the opportunities and benefits available for law students.
BID YOUR HEART OUT at our super fun and high energy “Mentor for a Day Auction” for the chance to “shadow” a lawyer or a judge for a day and make a valuable connection. Get the chance to find yourself deliberating with a judge in chambers or spending a day with an attorney at trial. "Auction mentors" include a respected jurist, partners in prestigious law firms, and leading government counsel.
The NAPABA In-House Counsel Committee’s mentoring program is accepting applications for in-house counsel (including attorneys working for the public sector, academic institutions, and non-profits) to participate as a mentee and/or mentor. The program seeks to foster relationships between NAPABA members who are experienced in-house counsel and NAPABA members who are either (i) new to the in-house position and in need of guidance, including advice on professional development, career goals and transitioning into the in-house position, or (ii) experienced in-house practitioners in need of guidance on how to move forward or position themselves to take advantage of future opportunities. Applications are due to Lusanna Ro at email@example.com and David Kahng at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2013.
Due to the Overwhelming Student Demand ATTORNEY MENTORS ARE STILL NEEDED
Strengthen the Legal Diversity Pipeline by Sponsoring a PALS Mentee
The PALS Mentoring Program
Matches diverse law students with practicing attorneys, who serve as professional development resources, and has done so for more than 25 years.
Attorney Mentors Make an Impact
● Join a community of diversity champion attorneys mentoring the next wave of leaders of color in the legal profession. ● Be rewarded with your gift of sharing your time and talents with unparalleled networking opportunities. ● Positively guide a mentee’s career path, course selection and the road to success!
Become a Mentor Today! Commit 2-4 hours per month to a designated PALS Mentee.
Attorneys Who Have Previously Created a Profile on the PALS Website:
1. Email email@example.com to indicate that you would like to be considered for participation in the mentoring program as a “mentor”. 2. Utilize Email Subject: “PALS 2011-2012 Mentor” 3. PALS will respond to your email within 7 business days, indicating a completed mentor profile status. 4. Please log-in Here to update your profile today!
Attorneys who have NOT Created an Attorney Profile on the PALS Website: 1. Visit www.palsprogram.org/mentor and fill in all requested information on the online form. 2. PALS will respond to your email within 7 business days, indicating a completed mentor profile status.
Current Mentors: We thank you for your willingness to volunteer as a mentor in the past. If you would like an additional PALS Mentee, or if you have lost touch with your PALS Mentee and are interested in being assigned a new PALS Mentee, please update your profile and let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attorneys matched through the program will be required to review the
Please forward this email to colleagues who may be interested in mentoring.
If you have any questions or concerns about the PALS Mentoring Program, please contact the Executive Director of PALS, Paula Donaldson at:email@example.com
On Tuesday night, May 2, AABANY held a Mentor-Mentee Happy Hour at Pranna Lounge. Many current and prospective mentors and mentees met, mingled and caught up over food and drink. We counted many interesting people in the room, including Roslyn Tom, a partner at Baker & McKenzie who was once the first woman at a Japanese securities firm, Don Liu, General Counsel at Xerox who was an avid disco dancer in his high school days, and Margaret Ling, in-house counsel at First American Title and Chair of AABANY’s Real Estate Committee, who swore in Mick Jagger when she clerked for Hon. Constance Baker Motley. We were hoping to announce the launch of the 2012 Mentorship program and talk about the current Mentorship program, but the din of the bar made it impossible. If you would like to learn more about AABANY’s Mentorship Program, contact our Coordinator, Julie Kwon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get coupon for $200 off Bar Bri review course just for showing up! Plus Mentor-for-a-Day auction: Who knows? You just might spend a day deliberating in chambers with a judge. Click on the link in the title to find out more and to register. It’s FREE.