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2020 CLA Mentorship program – now accepting interested mentors and mentees

CLA members only! Application deadline is March 15, 2020

For the period of April 1 – November 30, 2020, recent calls (new to 5 years) will be paired with seasoned CLA members. Mentors will be assigned or matched up by the mentoring committee. During the mentorship period, mentors and mentees will meet, at minimum, for two hours twice per month. The recent calls are to bring a representative sample of their criminal law files. There will be random review as well as an opportunity for mentees to ask whatever they wish. Paired mentees/mentors cannot be from the same firm/office.

Please note, the CLA mentorship program is only open to current members located in Ontario.

Mentors:

  • It is recommended mentors have at least 7+ or more years experience. The mentor’s responsibilities consist of:
  • Committing five to 10 hours per month.
  • Providing substantive mentoring on all aspects of a criminal law practice including but not limited to: ethics, client management, file management, disclosure review, tactics, pre-trial negotiations and preparation for motions, trials, preliminary inquiries and guilty pleas.
  • Reviewing fees and billing practices, including both private and Legal Aid files.
  • Meeting face to face, at minimum, for two hours twice per month.
  • Reporting on progress after three months.
  • Participating in an exit interview at the conclusion of the program.
  • Signing a program agreement form.

Mentees:

  • Mentee candidates are those within five years of being called to the bar. A current CLA membership must be maintained throughout the mentorship period. This program is not open to students or articling students. The mentee’s responsibilities consist of:
  • Committing 10+ hours per month.
  • Being prepared to discuss the details of their files; ie, the Mentee will have reviewed all the available disclosure prior to the meeting to enable the Mentor to discuss approaches, motions, etc.
  • Reviewing fees and billing practices, including both private and Legal Aid files with their mentor.
  • Meeting face to face, at minimum, for two hours twice per month.
  • Reporting on progress after three months.
  • Participating in an exit interview at the conclusion of the program.
  • Signing a program agreement form.

To Apply:

Applications are due by March 15, 2020. 

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