Mentorship and Sponsorship


Mentoring relationships are a great way to facilitate the transfer of valuable knowledge from experienced professionals to less experienced ones.  Whereas, sponsored relationships provide less experienced professionals with an opportunity to bolster their professional reputation through the endorsements of a strong advocate who has the power to influence others in the profession. For most new and young lawyers, transitioning from law school to law practice, or from one type of practice to another, and building a strong professional network within the legal community, can be a challenge. Being strategic in the relationships you build can greatly impact the trajectory of your career. How do you decide if a mentor or sponsor relationship is right for you?  What steps should you take to ask someone to mentor or sponsor you? How do you know if you’re ready to be a mentor or sponsor? What should you do as a mentor or sponsor? These are just a few questions that are answered during this discussion hosted by the YLD Women in the Profession and No Limits Committees.


  • Keya Koul, Interim Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA
  • Joi Kush, Partner, Johnson Kush, P.C, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Choi Portis, Deputy General Counsel, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Detroit, MI


  • Tiffany L. Moss, Contract Manager, UNLV Medicine, Las Vegas, NV