January 01, 2019 Opening Statement

The Essential Mentor: Six Suggestions

When you are mentored, you grow, develop and become a better lawyer. When you mentor someone else, you gain the satisfaction of seeing another lawyer succeed.

Palmer Gene Vance II

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Trying cases challenges us to be better lawyers. For those of us primarily in civil practice, the opportunity to conduct a trial or other adversarial proceeding can be rare. The preparation is the practice for many litigators. And so, to excel in our profession, we must excel at preparation. This is true both for the matters we handle and for honing our abilities as trial lawyers. Being mentored as young lawyers is essential to this development, and we likewise must act as mentors to those who follow. Mentorship offers benefits and satisfaction to both the mentor and the person receiving the guidance.

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