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It’s often said that new lawyers need some help, especially as the economy drives more of them to hang out a shingle right after they pass the bar exam. But many bars that have started mentoring programs have encountered obstacles, often because of differing expectations between mentors and mentees. Read about some challenges, some successes, and some new models your bar might want to consider.
Many bar associations now have staff directors who focus on diversity within the bar and the profession. Last spring, for the first time, the State Bar of California and the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity brought together many of those staff directors, along with executive directors and other bar staff whose duties involve diversity. What did they discuss, and what do they believe needs to happen next?
When potential members—and members of the public—are looking for information and services your bar provides, you want to make sure they can easily find you online. Climbing to the top of the Google results page takes effort but is well worth it, one expert told attendees at the NABE Communications Section Workshop. The No. 1 tool he recommends might surprise you.