The Antitrust Law Section Mentoring Program, run by the Membership, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, pairs experienced lawyers and economists with junior lawyers and law students for mentoring on careers in antitrust, consumer protection and privacy. The application opens in early fall, and the program runs through the ABA/academic year. The following guidance outlines what mentors and mentees should expect as part of the Antitrust Law Section Mentoring Program, and what we recommend that each participant contribute to make the most of the program. For more information, please contact Michaela Spero or Patrick English.
- Lawyers with 7 years or more of practice, what would you tell a young person starting out in your area of law? You were in their shoes once. Help us guide the next generation of antitrust, consumer protection and privacy lawyers.
- Lawyers with 6 years or less of practice and law students, start your career right and learn from the best. Get matched up with an experienced antitrust, consumer protection or privacy attorney. Section members and non-members are welcome to apply!
- Time Commitment: One hour quarterly one-on-one meetings/calls, from Fall 2020 – Summer 2021. Optional welcome reception and other group gatherings.
- Any concerns/questions: Please contact Patrick English (Patrick.English@lw.com) and Michaela Spero (Michaela.Spero@CliffordChance.com).
Take ownership of this opportunity and be proactive in reaching out to your mentor to schedule meetings/calls.
- Take ownership of this opportunity and be proactive in reaching out to your mentor to schedule meetings/calls.
- Agree on a discussion topic/topics before your mentoring meeting or call, so that each participant can give some thought before connecting. The mentor should follow your lead on what will be most valuable for you and your career.
- Follow-up on previous topics and follow-through on actions you discuss.
- Make an effort to communicate – your background, interests, concerns and goals will all help your mentor provide the most effective guidance and recommendations, as well as connect you with other potential contacts and mentors.
- Ask questions! No better way to learn from your mentor’s experience.
- Be open to honest feedback. Consider asking your mentoring partner for his or her assessment of your strengths and opportunities for growth. One way to do this is through a mock interview or review, which can provide some structure and valuable practice.
- Focus on “what can be done” rather than complaining about your present circumstances.
- Consider your mentor’s advice, but you should ultimately make your own decisions.
Tips for Mentors
- Mentors should keep conversations with their mentee confidential.
- After the initial meeting, the mentee should take responsibility for following up, but do be proactive in sharing your availability and setting the time/place for additional sessions.
- If your mentee doesn’t offer topics to discuss, ask them whether there are specific topics they would like to go over so that you can make the most of your sessions.
- If needed, try to guide the conversation and ask open-ended questions to get a better sense of your mentee’s interests and where you can be most helpful.
- Try to be as accessible as possible, provide your mentee undivided attention, serve as a sounding board, appreciate your mentee’s perspective, and offer encouragement as needed.
- Be a good listener and a good communicator. Enable your mentee to benefit from your experience.
- Push your mentee to try new things, and seek to build their confidence.
- Expand your mentee’s network, and introduce them to other potentially valuable connections.
- Just as you provide feedback, seek out feedback on how you can be a better mentor.