AZBar Mentor Connection

Thank you for your interest in the AZBar Mentor Connection program from the State Bar of Arizona. The practice of law can be challenging whether you are a new or experienced lawyer. Our mentor program was developed to provide assistance, support and insight into the practice of law.

We have two mentor programs available: One-to-One Mentoring which is a structured long-term mentoring program and Lawyer Down the Hall which provides short term support. You will find additional information for these programs below.

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One-to-One Mentoring

Program Guidelines:
A traditional, structured program that provides training and includes a curriculum.
A one-year commitment and there is an opportunity to earn CLE.

Who can Participate:
Mentees: New lawyers with 3 years or less experience.
Mentor: Lawyers with more than 5 years of experience.

Lawyer Down the Hall

Program Guidelines:
A short-term mentoring connection where experienced attorneys are paired with attorneys of any experience level who need assistance on a specific issue.
Provide career guidance, professionalism resources or networking opportunities. 
Communicate via telephone, email or video conference.

Because of COVID-19 and social distancing orders, in person meetings are discouraged at this time.

Mentors or mentees who are interested should complete the online application. Once you are approved, you will be matched with a mentor or mentee who best fits.

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What People are Saying about the Mentor Program:

“I get to share my experiences with someone who seems to benefit from them. In addition, I learn more about methods of communicating with people, so that I am able to better relay information to others." -Mentor, December 2020, Cohort

“I thought all the training was great and very informative.” -Mentor, October 2021, Cohort

“Already I have had inspired and creative new thoughts regarding legal issues. Additionally, it is nice to have a sense of being on the right track. Also, I am thinking about legal issues from other perspectives. Invaluable!” -Mentee, December 2020, Cohort

“I believe this program is valuable beyond measure! There is nothing that I would change as the program strikes the perfect balance of structure and flexibility, allowing the mentor and mentee to have an experience that meets their needs and schedules.” -Mentee, December 2020, Cohort

“I have truly enjoyed the AZ Bar Mentor Connection Program and my mentor who has provided me with invaluable advice, connections, and career support. The mentorship relationship has exceeded all expectations. Thank you for continuing this program." -Mentee, May 2021, Cohort

What's Happening:

Mentor, Joshua Boyle, appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in July 2021

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Kendra Owens-Johnson
Mentor Program Director
Ph. 602.340.7290
E. Kendra.Owens-Johnson@staff.azbar.org

Julli Castaneda
Mentor, Diversity and Inclusion Administrative Assistant
Ph. 602.340.7365
E. Julli.Castaneda@staff.azbar.org