Insight On Diversity

How to Develop a Mentoring Relationship as a Diverse Associate

, The Legal Intelligencer


A "mentor" is defined as a "trusted counselor or guide." Young attorneys, from the first day of law school forward, are urged to find a mentor to help steer their career paths. For the diverse/minority associate, finding a mentor seems fraught with complications. How does a diverse associate find common ground with a partner who is generally not of the same age, race or background? This is especially difficult because young associates are naturally inclined to seek out mentors from similar backgrounds.

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