Lawyers Journal

Experienced and new lawyers kick off mentoring program

More than five dozen experienced attorneys, new attorneys and law students met and mingled at the official launch of Mentoring Circles, the Massachusetts Bar Association's newest networking program, at the MBA's Boston office Oct. 4.

"The more brains to pick the better," said Julianne M. Parolin, who recently opened her own practice in Stoughton, the Law Office of Julianne M. Parolin, and said she is looking forward to learning from experienced colleagues.

The program will help newer attorneys gain access to more experienced practitioners while giving established professionals the opportunity to share their knowledge, foster collegiality and nurture future bar leaders. The program seeks to give all of the participants resources to develop and improve their management and leadership skills.

The individual groups, which were arranged based on geography, will ideally include two or three senior-level attorneys and five to eight attorneys who have practiced for 10 years or less.

Now that they have been introduced, members of the individual groups are free to determine the best method for building and maintaining their relationships.

Angela L. Rapko, of Masterman, Culbert & Tully LLP in Boston, is now part of a mentoring circle. "I loved the idea of a group (dynamic)," said Rapko, who was admitted to the bar in 2005.

Ryan Leonard recently opened a general practice office -- Mikowski and Leonard LLC in Boston -- with Justin Mikowski. Leonard, who was admitted to the bar in November 2010, said he decided to join the program to gain a "wealth of knowledge" and because he believes it will be a great way to meet experienced attorneys.

Law students were also excited about the new program and its networking element. "This is an opportunity too good to pass up," said Gamal Sakakeeny-Smith, a student at Suffolk University Law School.

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