Rainmaker mentor program

August 15th, 2012 by Altman Weil

The ability to build a significant book of business has never been more critical for lawyers who aspire to partnership.   This can be difficult for most young lawyers, and particularly challenging for diverse attorneys who may not have the same access to relationship building and networking opportunities. 

As part of a program introduced by the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Virginia Essandoh, Chief Diversity Officer at Ballard Spahr (and Altman Weil alum), led a rainmaker mentor program at Ballard that paired an established partner with a diverse associate.  In the pilot program the mentor was chosen for “diversity insight, a superb reputation and a spectrum of contacts.”  The mentee was “a rising star with partnership aspirations and the enthusiasm to commit additional time and effort to this initiative.”

Essandoh concludes:

“The best practices learned from this initial match will cast the model for a new component of a firmwide mentoring program at Ballard Spahr. The fortunate outcome is that this pair of lawyers has become friends. That is perhaps the finest way to enrich business relationships.” 

Read it at The Legal Intelligencer 

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