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Labor and Employment Mentorship Academy

The Labor & Employment Section of the State Bar of Georgia is making plans for the 2019-20 Labor & Employment Mentorship Academy, a mentoring program designed to provide its less experienced members the opportunity to be mentored by those more experienced.  

In 2016 the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Georgia launched the Labor and Employment Mentorship Academy, a mentoring program designed to provide its less experienced members the opportunity to be mentored by those more experienced. This program is the first of its kind among State Bar Sections, and is being co-sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

The Academy has been a roaring success, with over 100 Section members benefiting to date. The Academy Board is excited to begin preparation for Year Four. The Board is soliciting experienced practitioners (over 15 years of practice in the Labor & Employment area) who are willing to mentor less experienced Labor & Employment attorneys. Mentoring requires a full year commitment, and the mentor will be requested to spend approximately 3 to 4 hours a month meeting with and being available for discussions with the mentee. Serving as a mentor is a great opportunity to “give back,” and to participate in a program which will benefit the mentor as much, if not more, than the mentee.

Quarterly CLE meetings with mentors and mentees will provide each participant with an opportunity to learn from and network with other Labor & Employments Section members throughout the state. In addition the Academy launched the Courtroom Experience where mentees, with guidance and input from their mentors, prepare oral arguments on mock dispositive motions and argue them before real federal judges in court.

Board is working on other opportunities for participants to interact with the federal judiciary and get practical experience. The 2019-20 Mentorship Academy will kick off with an orientation session in July.

The Board seeks mentors and mentees from across the Labor and Employment legal community. We seek and encourage participation by persons of various ages, ethnicities, genders and  orientations, located throughout the state of Georgia and with practices representing government, unions, employers or employees. Section members interested in being mentors and/or mentees in the Academy for the 2019-20 Year should complete and submit the appropriate application using the below links to the Applications.

There is no minimum or maximum experience level for mentees, only the sincere interest and desire to learn and grow through a focused Labor & Employment mentoring process.

If you are interested in applying to be a mentor or a mentee, below are links to applications for each. Please complete your application and return it to Tamika Sykes, tamikasykes@sykeslawllc.com. Since the number of participants will be limited, we encourage interested lawyers to complete and submit an application as soon as possible, but no later than May 31, 2018. 

The Section Committee, and the Academy Board are excited about continuing to offer this worthwhile program to section members. Please join us for Year Four of the Labor & Employment Mentorship Academy. 

Click here to download the MENTEE APPLICATION.

Click here to download the MENTOR APPLICATION.

Mentorship Academy Program Description

Mentorship Academy Program Outline