Another mentorship opportunity to share today, and a unique one at that.
The Law Society’s Aboriginal Lawyers Mentorship Program is the first of its kind in North America and has matched 20 pairs since it launched last year.
In the program, junior Aboriginal lawyer mentees are matched with experienced lawyer mentors. Mentors need not have Aboriginal ancestry, but must have an advanced understanding of issues related to the retention of Aboriginal lawyers in BC.
The goals of the program are to:
- “support the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes needed by Aboriginal lawyers to be successful in their legal careers;
- assist Aboriginal lawyers in developing strategies to mitigate common issues that arise for many Aboriginal legal professionals.
- promote collegiality to expand and strengthen the professional networks of Aboriginal lawyers; and
- foster the retention and advancement of Aboriginal lawyers in BC.”
A Meet and Greet reception is planned for next Friday, September 12 to launch the second cycle of the program. It will take place at Vancouver law firm Mandell Pinder LLP, beginning at 5 p.m. Please see the Law Society’s notice for more details.