Mentor Program

The Mentor Program for Panel attorneys is a valuable initiative aimed at providing guidance, support, and professional development opportunities to attorneys working within the 18-b program. This program recognizes the importance of mentorship in enhancing the quality of legal representation and fostering the growth and success of attorneys practicing in the field.

The 18-b program often involves attorneys who are relatively new to the legal profession or those transitioning into the field of criminal defense or family law. These attorneys may face unique challenges and require guidance to navigate complex cases, understand legal procedures, and develop effective advocacy skills. The Mentor Program addresses these needs by pairing experienced and seasoned attorneys with those in need of mentorship.

Through the Mentor Program, panel attorneys are paired with mentors who possess substantial experience and expertise in a particular area of law.  Mentors provide ongoing support and guidance, offering their insights, knowledge, and practical advice to mentees. They help mentees navigate the intricacies of the legal system, improve their courtroom presence, develop case strategies, and enhance their overall legal skills.

The mentor-mentee relationship is built on trust, open communication, and mutual respect.  Mentors act as role models and sounding boards, providing a safe space for mentees to seek guidance, ask questions, and discuss challenges they encounter in their panel work. They share their experiences, provide constructive feedback, and offer valuable perspectives that help mentees grow both personally and professionally.  

By participating in the Mentor Program, panel attorneys gain access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise that might otherwise be challenging to obtain. The program helps them build their professional networks, develop their legal skills, and gain confidence in their abilities. It ultimately contributes to the enhancement of legal representation quality, leading to better outcomes for clients and a stronger and more effective criminal justice system.

Please contact the OAC if you are interested in joining the Mentor Program.