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Lifting Up Our Future

Posted By Yahairah Aristy: A President’s Perspective, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020
“Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others.” – David Stoddard

I remember my first mentor, my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Lawson. Decades later I fondly remember her because she was a life saver for my eight-year old self. She taught me what it meant to be seen, and how to trust the good in people. Our law students need their own Mrs. Lawson as they navigate law school to become successful attorneys in our legal community.

A mentor is “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person”. In the legal profession mentors play a vital role in the professional development of law students. With the support of attorney mentors, law students receive guidance on how to successfully transition from law student to lawyer.

“Research demonstrates that “female lawyers with [strong mentors] had higher compensation and career progress satisfaction than those without mentors and were more likely to be partners or hold senior executive positions than women without mentors. Additionally, research shows that those who self-identify as minorities that participate in mentoring programs report a more positive view of the legal profession and more dedication to their organization and to the profession —with statistical significance — over their non-minority counterparts.” (Lessons for the Journey)

We are excited to announce, “The Lawyers Club Mentor Connection Program”. I invite you to sign-up and be a Mrs. Lawson for our student members.

 

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.

 

Tags:  female lawyers  feminism  legal community  legal profession  mentor  mentors  mentorship  organization 

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