Mentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys

first_imgMentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys Mentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys The Appellate Practice Section has launched its mentoring program, aimed at assisting young lawyers, occasional practitioners, and experienced appellate lawyers venturing in new areas, as well as promoting interaction among section members.The section will provide match-ups for telephone or e-mail consultations with experienced appellate lawyers in the following appellate subject areas: administrative, civil, criminal, family, juvenile, workers’ compensation, or federal practice.Here’s how the program works: The inquiring attorney first identifies a legal problem or issue and determines which of the categories would encompass such a problem or issue. The inquiring attorney then sends an e-mail to [email protected] The e-mail must include the inquiring attorney’s name, e-mail address, and phone number, and indicate the category or areas of law in which assistance is sought. The e-mail should then give a brief summary of the question, and identify all known adverse or probable adverse parties and counsel.The e-mail will then be forwarded to a volunteer mentor attorney who has indicated experience in the requested category. The panel attorney checks for conflicts as to the listed adverse parties, then (if finding none) responds by telephone or e-mail within three to five days. After the response from the panel attorney, the inquiring attorney should exercise his or her own independent judgment to resolve the legal issue or problem. Panel members serve on a volunteer basis; an inquiring attorney should refrain from involving a panel member in a prolonged dialogue.The Appellate Practice Section makes no representations as to the knowledge or experience of any panel attorney and disclaims any liability or responsibility regarding any inquiry made pursuant to the program. The program does not contemplate and is not intended to create a formal association between the inquiring attorney and the panel attorney, or any attorney-client relationship between the panel attorney and the ultimate client, and care should be taken not to reveal confidences or key strategic information. November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img

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