Strategies for Effective Mentorship and Sponsorship

Michael L. Nguyen and Apoorva J. Patel
Sponsors use their seat at the table to champion younger lawyers and to promote their protégés to clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders.

Sponsors use their seat at the table to champion younger lawyers and to promote their protégés to clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders.

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Despite years of well-intentioned diversity and inclusion initiatives, the legal profession remains one of the least diverse industries, particularly at the top. Law firms, law departments, and other organizations often effectively recruit diverse attorneys at the entry-level, but these lawyers remain woefully underrepresented among the partnership and senior leadership positions. For diverse attorneys, a lack of high-quality mentoring and sponsorship is often a key reason for this “pipeline leak.” In this article, members of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s Men of Color Project, attendees at the inaugural Men of Color Summit held in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2019, and other diverse attorneys offer their insights and guidance on effective mentoring and sponsorship for young lawyers.

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