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September Edition

Dear Jane,

The women’s affinity group at my firm is 
initiating a formal mentoring program for the women associates. I
 don’t have time to do one more thing. --I’m Doing Fine On My Own

Dear I'm Doing Fine On My Own,

You don't mention whether you have effective mentors at the firm already. If not, you are exactly the demographic that the new program was created to assist. Formal programs can be effective "bridges" for participants from no mentoring relationships to effective informal mentoring relationships. Want to learn more?

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ABA President: Women Lawyers Need Sponsors and Mentors

American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows explained the role of sponsors to help propel women lawyers up the career ladder. For career advancement, women need sponsors as well as mentors. A sponsor “can propel a protégé to the top of a list or pile of candidates or even eliminate the list itself.” Your time is limited so focus it. Get from Point A to Point B more quickly and consider both sponsors and mentors.

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Business Development Contributor Phil Krone Discusses the Role of Mentoring

Check out a male perspective on mentoring from a business development contributor who has helped many of Chicago's female rainmakers develop their skills. Phil states, "When most of us think about mentoring, we think of an older person mentoring a younger person or a superior mentoring a subordinate. Mentoring can be accomplished in other ways, too. " Phil believes character, honesty and trust can propel you ahead of the crowd. Want to learn more?

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Mentoring is Important

It has been my pleasure to go on an extended journey to work hard to build a community to enable you to succeed. Through my challenges and obstacles, one thing has remained consistent – my mentors’ advice, support and guidance. There is no reason to struggle. You have nothing to lose. Seek out advice, develop your army of mentors and align yourself with a special force – a sponsor. Also, remember your duty to help those who need your help.

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Did a Client Receive a Tax Notice? Tell Them Not to Panic!

Here's a great article to share with your clients about receiving tax notices by Michael Blanski at Graff, Ballauer & Blanski, P.C. Send this great article to your clients as a way to follow up with them while providing useful advice. Be seen as a leader in your firm. Take charge of maintaining a healthy client relationship today! Michael estimates that nearly 60% of notices are incorrect and are computer generated.

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Become a Mentor

The WBAI program seeks to assist law students in their legal education and professional careers through informal relationships. Mentors are asked to meet with their mentees every other month throughout the year, either in person or by phone. Mentors also are asked to allow their mentees to shadow them for one day during the year. Additional guidelines are attached.

The Power of Mentoring

Read one man's inpiring story about how a mentor helped him find his calling and live a life of passion.Click here.


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~ Ruth Whitman