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IDC Mentoring Program
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The IDC Young Lawyers Division is partnering with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (the "Commission") to offer a mentoring program. Read on or follow this link to learn more!

This program addresses several of the IDC’s goals:

  • To build lasting professional and personal relationships between members;
  • To strengthen the dynamic between young lawyers and veteran lawyers;
  • To encourage education (including reverse mentoring whereby the young lawyers keep the veterans abreast of technological developments) and of course;
  • To providing high-quality Continuing Legal Education (Participants can earn 6 FREE hours of professionalism credit!)

If you are interested and qualify to participate (see below), please contact the IDC office at idc@iadtc.org with your practice fields and interests. This information will help with proper pairings between mentors and mentees.

Materials

We utilize the Commission’s Mentoring Program Guide & Plan. We also encourage use of the Commission’s Mentoring Resources which provide a plethora of information and helpful materials in addressing the five required mentoring topics -professionalism; legal ethics; civility; diversity and inclusion; and wellness, including mental health and addiction. 

Mentees 

Any IDC member, in good standing, not more than two years since admission to Illinois Bar may apply to become a mentee. The mentoring program must be completed during the first three years following admission to the Illinois Bar. 

Participation Requirements

  1. Mentors and Mentees must commit to 8 in-person meetings over the course of the term; and
  2. The Mentoring Plan must be completed over a 1-year period.  

Orientation

Mentors and Mentees are required to attend an Orientation Session, which will introduce participants to the program and its requirements.  Immediately following the Orientation, mentors will meet with their mentees to discuss the program, meetings, subtopics, etc., and to sign a Mentoring Agreement/Pledge.  We plan to host Orientation Sessions in Chicago and Edwardsville. 




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