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Fostering Leadership

Posted By Elvira Cortez: A President's Perspective, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2020

With the turmoil caused by the coronavirus, I wanted to reassure our members that Lawyers Club is looking for ways to pursue our mission during these difficult times.  This is especially important for our future members still in law school.  As you can imagine with the significant disruptions to business and the market, the immediate future for law students may be especially difficult.  Given the importance of increasing the pipeline of women attorneys in our community, providing mentorship and networking opportunities to local law students is imperative.  While Lawyers Club normally provides a Speed Mentoring event each year for local law students, this year’s event will not be cancelled but modified.

On March 25, 2020, our Law Student Outreach Committee is hosting a two-part event titled “Mastering Mentorship.”  The first part, titled “Virtual Mentoring” will consist of an interactive webinar that students can attend virtually to learn about tips and strategies on the value of mentoring. Students will also be paired with one or more mentors, so that meetings can occur via telephone or video conference.  Later in the year, Lawyers Club will host an in-person mixer for mentors and mentees.  I would like to thank our Law Student Outreach Committee co-chairs, Audrey Surridge, Jaclyn Reinhart, and Christine Fitzgerald, for their innovation in creating this program on short notice.

I invite all of our members to participate to provide valuable advice to our local law students.  If you are interested in volunteering, CLICK HERE.  I also encourage everyone to stay safe during these difficult times and remember that now is the time to get innovative.

 

Elvira Cortez practices business and commercial litigation and employment defense at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP and is the 2019-2020 president of Lawyers Club.

 

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