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 Mentorship Academy is being administered by current Executive Committee members Robert Lewis and Tameka Sykes, who are joined by former Section Chair Jay Rollins. A stellar Advisory Board of prominent Section members has been assembled and is overseeing the operation of the program: Bert Brannen; Ottrell Edwards; Gary Kessler; Tessa Warren; and Brent Wilson.
The Advisory Board solicits Section members interested in being mentors and mentees in the Academy. The applications are linked below. Below are also links to the Program Description and Program Outine.
The Advisory Board has secured commitments in the first year from a stellar group of seasoned Section lawyers, and is already hard at work on securing an equally impressive group for the 2017-18 class. The Board encourages experienced practitioners (over 15 years of practice in the Labor and Employment area) who are willing to mentor less experienced Labor and Employment attorneys to contact a Board member or submit an application at any time. 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.
There is no minimum or maximum experience level for mentees, only the sincere interest and desire to learn and grow through a focused Labor and Employment mentoring process.
Quarterly meetings are held with mentors and mentees will provide each participant with an opportunity to learn from and network with other Labor and Employments Section members throughout the state. In addition, informal networking events are hosted throughout the year by participating firms and an end of year celebration is being planned.
The Academy seeks mentors and mentees from across the Labor and Employment legal community. The Academy seeks and encourages 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.
If you are interested in applying to be a mentor or a mentee, below are links to the applications for each. Please complete your application and return it to any one of the Board members listed above. Since the number of participants will be limited, we encourage interested lawyers to complete and submit an application as soon as possible.
Click here to download the MENTEE APPLICATION.
Click here to download the MENTOR APPLICATION.