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					                Orange County Bar Association
                Young Lawyers Section
                Law Student Mentoring Program


                                       Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Orange County Bar Association?
Founded in 1933, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) has been the primary vehicle for
area attorneys to meet, exchange information related to their legal specialty areas, and provide
valuable legal and community services to residents in surrounding communities. In its seventy-
six year history, the OCBA is proud to claim members who have achieved regional, state and
national recognition for their professionalism, integrity, knowledge and just application of the
law. The OCBA is a 3,100-member voluntary association in Orlando, Florida.

What is the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association?
The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of OCBA is comprised of more than 750 attorneys practicing
in a variety of areas of law throughout Central Florida. Members of the YLS must be under the
age of 35 or practicing law five or fewer years.

What is the deadline for mentor applications?
There is no deadline. Mentor applications will be accepted on a continuous basis.

What is the deadline for mentee applications?
The mentee “open enrollment” period is from Monday, August 16th through Wednesday,
September 1st. No mentee Applications will be accepted after Wednesday, September 1st.

What are the minimum qualifications for a mentor?
Mentors must be an attorney in good standing with the Florida Bar; and
must have been admitted to practice in Florida for at least one year as of October 31, 2010; and
must be a member in good standing of the OCBA YLS; and
must have a clean disciplinary record with all state and federal courts.

Why do I have to be a YLS member to be a mentor?
The YLS-Law School mentoring Committee decided that young lawyers will make the best
mentors for current law students. The Mentoring Program may later be expanded to include “big
bar” members mentoring YLS members – so stay tuned.

What are the minimum qualifications for a mentee?
Mentees must be a 2L, 3L, or 4L (part-time) student at an ABA accredited Florida law school.

Why can’t first-year law students participate?
The YLS-Law School Mentoring Committee decided that first-year law students would be overly
distracted by the Mentoring Program and should remain focused on classes.

Is CLE credit available for mentors?
Not at this time. The YLS-Law School Mentoring Committee is working with the Florida Bar to
secure CLE credit.

              ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION • 880 N. Orange Avenue • Orlando, Florida 32801
 Telephone 407.422.4551 • Facsimile 407.843.3470 •www.orangecountybar.org/younglawyer.asp • ylsmentoring@gmail.com
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For how long will mentors and mentees be matched?
One academic year. The program begins at the start of the fall semester and finishes at the end
of the spring semester.

Can I request to be paired with a specific mentor or mentee?
Yes, provided that your chosen mentor or mentee has submitted an application and has been
accepted into the Mentoring Program.

How does the YLS-Law School Mentoring Committee match mentors and mentees?
Mentees submit their top 3 choices for mentors as part of their application. If one of those
mentors is available, the mentee will be matched with that mentor. If none of the selected
mentors are available, the Committee will use the preference information submitted by the
mentee and the biographical information submitted by the mentor to make the best possible
match.

Where can I find the list of approved mentors?
A prospective mentee must email ylsmentoring@gmail.com for access to the Approved Mentor
List.

Will I be hired by my mentor or mentor’s employer?
Probably not. Mentors are told that there is no expectation of employment and mentees should
not expect employment to result from the mentoring relationship.

Are discussions between mentors and mentees confidential?
No. The mentor/mentee relationship does not, in and of itself, create a confidential relationship.

What is a “Mentoring Team”?
A Mentoring Team is what we call a mentor and mentee once they are paired.

What will be expected of the Mentoring Team?
A Mentoring Team’s first task is to complete the Mentoring Plan, which can be found on the
YLS website. The six activities chosen by the Mentoring Team will provide a roadmap for the
Mentoring Team’s activities. It is expected that participation in the Mentoring Program will take
about 10-15 hours of the mentor’s and mentee’s time over the course of the academic year.

Can the Mentoring Team engage in activities not listed on the Mentoring Plan?
Yes. The Mentoring Plan represents only the minimum expected of the Mentoring Team. The
YLS-Law School Mentoring Committee strongly encourages Mentoring Teams to develop other
activities and to relay their experiences to the Committee for possible inclusion in the form
Mentoring Plan.

Does the Mentoring Team ever have to meet in-person?
Yes. The Mentoring Team must meet in-person at least 1 time each semester. This requirement
is not fulfilled by the Orientation Session. However, use technology including email, text
              ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION • 880 N. Orange Avenue • Orlando, Florida 32801
 Telephone 407.422.4551 • Facsimile 407.843.3470 •www.orangecountybar.org/younglawyer.asp • ylsmentoring@gmail.com
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                Law Student Mentoring Program


messaging, facebook, twitter, etc. is strongly encouraged as a way of increasing the interaction
between mentors and mentees.

Who makes up the YLS-Law School Mentoring Committee?
The Committee currently consists of members of the YLS, including members of its Board of
Directors, and faculty and students from Barry Law School. The Committee Chair, Kristopher
Kest, thanks the Committee members and Barry Law School for their generous support in the
development of the Mentoring Program.

Where can I find more information about the Mentoring Program or submit suggestions
and ideas for improving it?
The OCBA YLS website, or ylsmentoring@gmail.com, or Committee Chair, Kristopher Kest, at
407-418-6285.




              ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION • 880 N. Orange Avenue • Orlando, Florida 32801
 Telephone 407.422.4551 • Facsimile 407.843.3470 •www.orangecountybar.org/younglawyer.asp • ylsmentoring@gmail.com
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