The State Bar of Nevada’s Transitioning Into Practice program, established in late 2011, supports newly admitted lawyers by pairing them in a one-on-one relationship with experienced attorney mentors for a six-month introductory period. While TIP is an important tool for all of Nevada’s incoming lawyers, the program is considered essential to the success of solo and small-firm practitioners.
The award honoring TIP will be presented during the Solo and Small Firm Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 2, during the 2014 Joint Spring Meeting at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Mark Gunderson, a TIP mentor and small-practice owner said: “The days of when new attorneys would largely be mentored in public practice or private practice law firms before starting their own individual practices are gone. TIP fills that gap and provides uniquely tailored mentoring to better serve new attorneys as well as the public.”
During the TIP training cycle, the mentor provides his or her trainee with an introduction to the practice of law in Nevada. Using a combination of a comprehensive library of support material and a flexible curriculum that includes both mandatory and elective elements, the training can be customized to match the new attorney’s interests and areas of practice.
The TIP program is self-funded through a combination of program fees assessed directly to new attorney participants and program sponsorships. The fees are used to support a half-time staff position and twice-annual social kickoff events in Las Vegas and Reno, along with video and training resources, mentor recruitment, focus group evaluations and general administration costs.
To date, more than 400 new attorneys have successfully completed the TIP program, which is measured through a combination of formal surveys and individual feedback.
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