Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program

Mentors can have a remarkable professional influence on a law student’s career by offering advice not only on specific legal skills but also on classes, employment opportunities and practice areas.

The Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program (the "Program") offers all Denver Law students (JD and graduate programs) and recent graduates the opportunity to develop a professional relationship with a mentor. Students and recent graduates who participate in the Program (often called "mentees") are matched with mentors according to career interest areas and other factors. Once matched, students and mentors engage in a series of discussions guided by suggested discussion topics provided by the program. 

The Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program has three sub-programs:

  • The Juris Doctorate Program matches JD students with an attorney or judge mentor. 
  • The Summer Program matches current JD students with a mentor during the summer, often in situations where a student wants a mentor located in a market outside of the Denver Metropolitan Area. 
  • The Graduate Mentoring Program offers current graduate students in the law school the opportunity to connect with an alumnus of their graduate program or a comparable professional.

The Program engages in periodic outreach campaigns, mostly through word-of-mouth and email forwarding among DU Law's alumni network and friends of the law school.

Information for Program Participants

Students

The Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program is here to support your efforts to establish and grow your professional relationships.

  • Why Participate?

    More than any other factor, your career satisfaction and success will be driven by your ability to develop strong, long-lasting, authentic professional relationships. In today’s economy, intelligence, knowledge and skills are not enough. Students who thrive after graduation are those who develop strong interpersonal and professionalism skills. And like the knowledge you learn and the skills you cultivate during school, relationship-building requires learning and development. The Professional Mentoring Program is here to support your efforts to establish and grow your professional relationships.

    Once enrolled in the Program, you will have the opportunity to be matched with a practicing or recently retired attorney or judge. You and your mentor will meet monthly at times and places of your mutual choosing where you will engage in a series of practice- and law school-related discussions. These discussions can follow the Program's suggested Discussion Topics, which include topics like career paths, professionalism, ethics, networking, and practical career tips, among other topics. Alternatively, you and your mentor can discuss other topics of your choosing, such as work-life balance, coursework, or substantive law.

    We hope that you will use your mentor, and any opportunities you may have to speak with other mentors in the Program, and other lawyers and judges with whom your mentor works, to create strong relationships within the legal profession. These relationships will likely become important, either in the immediate future or sometime further down the road. We also hope your discussions with your mentor will help you: (1) absorb the culture of the legal profession; (2) gain perspective about what lawyers do; and, (3) see how the substantive law you learn in class is applied in the “real world.” Finally, we hope that the Program will help you develop strong networking skills. These skills do not come easily, but they will come with effort and practice.

    To participate in the Program, please complete and submit the Student Registration Form. Before doing so, please read the "Requirements & Information" tab below.

  • Requirements & Information

    To participate in the Student Program, you must:

    1. Be a student at Sturm College of Law;
    2. Be willing to commit the necessary time to meet once per month with your mentor;
    3. Be willing to communicate with your mentor regularly, including timely responding to your mentor's communications;
    4. Be willing to attend the beginning-of-the-year orientation/networking exception, and the end-of-the-year Appreciation Reception;
    5. Remain in good standing with the Program;
    6. Complete and submit the Student Application; and
    7. Agree to and electronically sign the “Statement of Participation” at the end of the “Law Student Application.”

    If admitted to the Program, you will meet with your mentor several times each month at mutually agreed upon dates, times and places. If you meet at your mentor’s office, please dress appropriately.

    The relationship you have with your mentor is largely what you and your mentor make it. Mentoring relationships within the Program vary greatly. Students and mentors often decide to meet more frequently than the Program requires; others decide to meet only as required. We ask that you and your mentor keep your discussions professional and consider the professional development purposes of the Program when meeting.

    Please remember that your mentor has volunteered their time. Be flexible regarding your mentor’s practice obligations. Occasionally mentors have extremely busy periods where they will be unable to meet – such as the month of a trial.  And although finding employment is important, do not expect your mentor to offer you a job. Your mentoring relationship is an opportunity for you to learn and develop necessary professional skills.  If employment opportunities arise out of the relationship, great.  However, employment opportunities from contact with a single person - i.e., your mentor - are rare; instead, employment opportunities generally result from continued, persistent networking, relationship building and professional development. 

    If you have any questions about the Program, please contact the Program Coordinator, at mentor@law.du.edu.

  • Student Applications

Mentors/Future Mentors

Mentors can mentor current law students, recent law student graduates, or current graduate program students.

  • Why Participate?

    Mentors serve as a career liaison, role-model, and professional friend. They provide practical career insights, information about the job market, and contribute to the mentee’s cultivation of their own unique professional identity.

    Mentors can mentor current law students or current graduate program students – such as students in the Graduate Tax Program, the Master of Science in Legal Administration Program, or the Environmental Law Graduate Program, among others. Mentors for JD students must be current or retired attorneys or judges. Mentors of other programs must be in or adjacent to the legal profession. Being a graduate of DU’s Sturm College of Law is NOT a requirement.  We welcome – and appreciate! – all legal practitioners who are willing to volunteer.

    A recurring comment from mentors who have participated in the Program for many years is how much it has helped them learn and network.  Although mentors commit their time to help mentees, they are often surprised how much their mentees help with their own professional career development and advancement.  While mentors can share their experience with mentees, mentees can often share their knowledge of technology, electronic research methodologies, and writing trends, as a few examples. Moreover, mentors who have been in the program for years (some with 15+ years) frequently remark about "running into" their former mentees while practicing.

    To participate in the Program, please complete and submit the Mentor Registration Form. Additional information about the Program is available in the “Requirements & Information” section.

  • Requirements & Information

    The Program asks that participants to do everything in their power to meet at least once per month throughout the academic year (i.e., about three times per semester for JD students, or two times per quarter for graduate students).  The date, time and place of each meeting is established by the mentor and the student. The Program sends monthly Meeting Reminder Emails that can be used to spur coordination between mentors and mentees regarding scheduling a meeting. 

    At the meetings, mentors and mentees are free to discuss any professional topic they like.  However, the Program provides suggested Discussion Topics that mentors and mentees can use as a conversation guide. The Program also asks mentors to commit to working with the same student(s) throughout their time at DU Law if their student(s) is/are willing.

    In addition to the monthly topic meetings, mentors and students are asked to attend one orientation meeting at the beginning of each academic year, as well as an end of the year Volunteer Appreciation Reception. The Program also invites mentors and mentees to a breakfast reception following the winter break, and we frequently offer free continuing legal education (CLE) events that mentors and students can attend individually or together. The Program Calendar lists recurring event dates for the academic year, though continuing legal education seminars are promoted by email throughout the year. 

    Mentors are strongly encouraged to communicate with their students frequently. If you find your schedule precludes you from continuing in the Program, please contact the Program Coordinator at mentor@law.du.edu.

    The amount of contact between a mentor and a mentee varies greatly. Many mentors and mentees discuss the suggested Discussion Topics and meet more frequently to discuss other issues. Others meet as suggested.

    As a mentor, you can choose to be assigned a Juris Doctorate student in the day division (1L, 2L, or 3L), a Juris Doctorate student in the evening division (1L, 2L, 3L, or 4L), or a student in one of the law school’s graduate programs (Master of Legal Studies, Master of Laws (LLM) in American Law Practice, Environmental & Natural Resources Law and Policy, Taxation, or International Business Transactions). Information you provide on the Mentor Registration Form will be used to match you with a mentee. Many mentors continue mentoring their student throughout their student's law school career, seeing their student transition from green to well-rounded lawyer.

    If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete and submit the Mentor Application Form (below). After submittal, you will receive a confirmation email. Contact information for your mentee and the Program Calendar will be forwarded to you via email as soon as the Program matches you with a student (usually occurring in late July or August).

  • Mentor Applications
professional mentor

5+, 10+, and Hall of Fame Mentors

Hall of Fame Mentors:

  • Bill Banta
  • Howard Beck
  • Doug Brown
  • Elizabeth Carver
  • Brent Chicken
  • Amanda Cruser
  • Tal Diamant
  • Jeffrey Felder
  • Dick Fleischman
  • Lindy Frolich
  • Shawna Geiger
  • Rehan Hasan
  • Paul Karlsgodt
  • Gregg Kay
  • Bruce Kaye
  • Jeffrey Knetsch
  • David Kreutzer
  • Bryon Large
  • John Leopold
  • Denis Mark
  • Anna Martinez
  • Ann McCullough
  • Chuck Newcom
  • Deb Overn
  • Merc Pittinos
  • Sal Quintana
  • Joe Ramirez
  • Roberto Ramirez
  • Dan Roberts
  • David J. Schaller
  • Timothy Schimberg
  • Brad Shefrin
  • Erin Smith
  • Suzanne Staiert
  • Max Stich
  • Leia Ursery
  • Joel Varnell
  • Zachary Warzel
  • Carolynne White
  • Tally Zuckerman

10+ Year Mentors:

  • Steven Abelman
  • Roger Adams
  • Tiffany Aguilera
  • Robert Ahrenholz
  • Damian Arguello
  • David Aspinwall
  • John Baker
  • Michael Beaver
  • Tessa Becker
  • Shannon Bell
  • Joshua Benn
  • Stephanie Berberich
  • Ian Bird
  • Amber Blasingame
  • Edward Bronfin
  • Andrea Bronson
  • Nathan Cassell
  • Sherri Catalano
  • Rob Cohen
  • Mark Collier
  • Amy Cook Olson
  • Brooke Copass Pardee
  • Jamie Cotter
  • Christopher Cross
  • Trey Douglass
  • Neal Dunning
  • Chris Eby
  • Sarah Ehrlich
  • Jared R. Ellis
  • Erik Estrada
  • Fran Folin
  • Michele Frishman
  • Max Gad
  • Erika Gebhardt
  • Mary Jo Gross
  • Chelsea Grossi
  • Mark Gruskin
  • Howard M. Haenel
  • Ed Hamrick
  • Robert Hardaway
  • Patrick Hutchinson
  • Richard Huttner
  • Christopher Irby
  • V. Iyer
  • John Jennings
  • Jerry N. Jones
  • Kerith Kanaber
  • Stephen Kapnik
  • Russell Kemp
  • Kris Kleiner
  • Maile Kobayashi
  • Simon Krauss
  • Paul Kyed
  • Matthew Larson
  • Marian Lee
  • Chris Levkulich
  • Robert Liechty
  • Laura Liss
  • Dave Mason
  • Emily McArthur
  • Andrew McCallin
  • Robert McCormack
  • Ryan McManis
  • Douglas McQuiston
  • Mary McWilliams
  • Dave Meretta
  • Hans Meyer
  • Jason Meyers
  • James Mulligan
  • Katherine Mulready
  • Steve Niparko
  • Robin Nolan
  • Brad Olsen
  • Shane Percival
  • Patrick Pfaltzgraff
  • Caitlin S. Quander
  • Leslie Ranniger
  • R. Scott Reisch
  • Luke Ritchie
  • Tom Roan
  • Carlos Rueda
  • Echo Ryan
  • Arthur Saltarelli
  • Donald Samuels
  • Theresa Sauer
  • Margaret Schaff
  • Barry Schwartz
  • Alyson Scott
  • Hannah Seigel Proff
  • Maxwell Shaffer
  • Jamie Sheridan
  • Casey Shpall
  • Mark Simon
  • Natalie Simpson
  • Bud Slatkin
  • Melanie Snyder
  • Jake Spratt
  • Karen Steinhauser
  • John Streelman
  • Sara Strufing
  • Connie Talmage
  • Daniel Thatcher
  • Christopher L. Thomas
  • Jenny Tiedeken
  • Ralph Torres
  • Nicole Trotta
  • Louis Underbakke
  • Andrew Unthank
  • Culver Van Der Jagt
  • Brad Varmo
  • Ian Walsworth
  • John L. Watson
  • Dan Wennogle
  • Robyn Wille
  • Danae Woody
  • Gwen Young
  • Jason Young

5-9 Year Mentors:

  • Roy Adkins
  • Gary Agron
  • Lindsay Aherne
  • Joyce Akhahenda
  • Pete Albani
  • Joshua Amos
  • Michael Angel
  • Joseph Archambault
  • Jason Astle
  • Rod Atherton
  • Alan Avery
  • Richard Banta
  • Anthony Barbe
  • Tamara Barkdoll
  • Vivian Barrios
  • Courtney Bartkus
  • Kate Beckman
  • Matthew Bender
  • Michelle Berger
  • Diana Black
  • Nicole Black
  • Bob Blair
  • Mark Bolton
  • Victor Boog
  • Julie Borisov
  • Cody Bourke
  • John Bowlin
  • Jerry Bowman
  • Andrew Brandes
  • Jared Brandyberry
  • Griffin Bridgers
  • Sheryl Bridges
  • Matthew Brodahl
  • Laura Broniak
  • Robert Brovege
  • Christopher Brummitt
  • Susan Brushaber
  • Courtney Burgess
  • Kyler Burgi
  • Jessica Burnett
  • Courtney Butler
  • Becky Bye
  • Jocelyn Campanaro
  • Leah Capritta
  • Dana M. Casper
  • Chris Castilian
  • James Castle
  • Lisabeth Castle
  • Seth Cedars
  • Laura Chartrand
  • James Colling
  • Stacie Colling
  • Alison Connaughty
  • Cathy Cooper
  • David Cosson
  • Jason Crow
  • Blair Daniels
  • Kyle Davenport
  • Julie Davis Ratner
  • Frank Debick
  • Matt Deegan
  • Nicole DeHerrera
  • Katherine Delgado
  • Amy DeVan
  • Amy Deveraux
  • Greg Diamond
  • Beth Dickhaus
  • Kristi Disney
  • Katie Dix
  • Nate Donovan
  • Anna Drasan
  • Trey Eckloff
  • Dan Edwards
  • Julian Ellis
  • Debbie Enck
  • Andrew Engeman
  • John Feeney-Coyle
  • Drew Fein
  • Richard Ferro
  • Ben Figa
  • Brenna Finn
  • Jesse Fishman
  • Colin Fletcher
  • James Fogg
  • Betsy Fordyce
  • Geoff Frazier
  • Laurinda Frederick
  • James French
  • Jean French
  • Sheldon Friedman
  • David Frommell
  • Pamela Gagel
  • Svetlana Gans
  • Bryan Garrett
  • Robert Garvey
  • Jennifer Gilbert
  • Terry Gill
  • Andrew Gillespie
  • Joseph Goldhammer
  • Emily Gordon-Swanson
  • Edward Gorman
  • Charles Gray
  • Stephen Greenhalgh
  • Matt Groves
  • Dan Guisbond
  • Bryan Gwinn
  • Shannon Haen
  • Lauren Hammond
  • Will Hanisch
  • Tomi Hanson
  • Dean Harris
  • Suzy Harris
  • Joan Heller
  • Alan Hendrix
  • Curtis Henry
  • Michael Henson
  • Ruben M. Hernandez
  • Karen Hester
  • Laurie Heydman
  • Otto Hilbert
  • Eric Hilty
  • Alex Hinz
  • Douglas Hoak
  • Eric Hobbs
  • Jacob Hollars
  • Robert Holmes
  • Kevin Homiak
  • Leigh Horton
  • Elizabeth Howard
  • Jamie Hubbard
  • Terry Hugar
  • Diego Hunt
  • Brittany Hurley
  • Aaron Jacks
  • Kimberly Jackson
  • Don D. Jacobson
  • Greg Janssen
  • Matthew Jasilli
  • Tyler Jeffery
  • Russell Johnson
  • Mike Jones
  • Paul Jordan
  • Craig Joyce
  • Sarah Judkins
  • David Kaplan
  • Leslie Kaye
  • Ricki Kelly
  • Howard Kenison
  • Ed Kennedy
  • Kevin Keyes
  • Lynda Knowles
  • Elizabeth Krupa
  • Heidi Kutcher
  • Judith Lajoie
  • Ryan Lake
  • Juli Lapin
  • Frank Lawson
  • Chuong Le
  • Matthew Leary
  • Brittany Limes
  • Patrick Linden
  • Stan Lipkin
  • Jordan Lipp
  • Bob Little
  • Jennifer Little
  • Dominick Lloyd
  • Jeremy Loew
  • Amy Lopez
  • Ilya Lyubimskiy
  • Krista Maher
  • Michael Mantia
  • Elyse Maranjian
  • Cynthia Mares
  • Richard Marsh
  • Meghan Martelon
  • Kim Martin
  • Meghan Martinez
  • Michelle Martinez
  • William Martinez
  • Fay Matsukage
  • Peter McFarland
  • Lauren McGee
  • Kathy McGhehey
  • Liza McKelvey
  • Laura McNabb
  • Alexander McShiras
  • Rebekah Melnick
  • Kate Mercer-Lawson
  • Rachael Million-Perez
  • Kent Modesitt
  • Colleen Morey
  • Esteban Morin
  • Jeremy Moseley
  • Lisa Moses
  • Megan Moses
  • Pax Moultrie
  • Craig Mueller
  • Kelli Nagel
  • Emma Nasif
  • James Nechleba
  • Scott Neckers
  • Ryan Newburn
  • Heather Nicolls
  • Randolph Nogel
  • Catherine O'Brien Crum
  • Kaitlyn O'Hara
  • Scott Oliver
  • James Orcutt
  • Peter Ornstein
  • Brian Osterman
  • Maria Oxman
  • Nora Passamaneck
  • Nadia Patrick
  • Jerrico Perez
  • Jessica Perrill
  • Jack Peters
  • JP Phillips
  • Joe Pierzchala
  • Forrest Plesko
  • Jason Pock
  • Ashley Pollock
  • Johnny Poon
  • Rachel Powell
  • Charlotte Powers
  • Katie Pratt
  • Jillian Price
  • Asucena Rascon
  • Lauren Rhinehart
  • John Richilano
  • Allison Robinette
  • Chalyse Robinson
  • Jesse Rodgers
  • Lucy Rosas
  • Jonathan Rosen
  • Andrew Rubin
  • Heidi Ruckriegle
  • Austin Rueschhoff
  • Tony Ryan
  • Jonathan Saadeh
  • Darrin Sacks
  • Lucas Satterlee
  • Nicole Savino
  • Timothy Scalo
  • Bill Scarpato
  • Jason Schall
  • Alan Schindler
  • Natasha Schissler
  • Jake Schlesinger
  • Ema Schultz
  • Scott Schultz
  • Michael Schuyler
  • Virgina Sciabbarrasi
  • Sam Seiberling
  • John D. Seidel
  • Edward Shaoul
  • Al Shelden
  • Caitlin Shields
  • Bob Showalter
  • Juan Silva
  • David Simmons
  • Benjamin Skeen
  • RaLea Sluga
  • Abigail Smith
  • Don Smith
  • Sheldon Smith
  • Zach C. Smith
  • Stephen Southwick
  • Kit Spalding
  • Lukas Staks
  • Julia Stancil
  • Adam Stapen
  • Alma Staub
  • Eliza Steinberg
  • Christopher Stork
  • Andrew Swan
  • Jennifer Talbert
  • Erin Tatman
  • John Tatum
  • David Taussig
  • Shelly Thompson
  • Sean Thomson
  • John Tinder
  • Jack Trigg
  • Scott Turner
  • Kurt Tyler
  • Tina Van Bockern
  • Sara Van Deusen
  • Charlotte Veaux
  • Lisa Vigil
  • Steven Visioli
  • Sara Wafai
  • Tom Wagner
  • Ashley Wald
  • Lyle Wallace
  • Sean Walsh
  • Tom Walsh
  • Zach Warkentin
  • Heather Warren
  • Julie Warren
  • Rebekah Watada
  • Kobi Webb
  • Narissa Webber
  • Elizabeth Weishaupl
  • Tyson Welch
  • Doug Widlund
  • Brittany Wiser
  • Kellen Wittkop
  • Brittany Wolma
  • D. Brett Woods
  • Clark Yeh
  • Jane Young
  • Steven Zapiler
  • Lara Zarzecki
  • Chris Zenisek
  • Kaela Zihlman
  • Elie Zwiebel

Outstanding Mentors:

  • Meghan Martelon-Evans
  • Cayolynne White
  • Mark Masters
  • Esteban Morin
  • Howard Beck

Resources

  • History of the Program

    Recognizing that his students needed "real world" experience in the first year of law school, then-Lawyering Process Professor Michael G. Massey (1946 - 2022) initiated what is now known as the Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program (the "Program") with his two sections of the Lawyering Process (LP) class in 2005. During the next year, with help from the Sturm College of Law Alumni Council, the Program expanded to several LP sections. Beginning in academic year 2007-08, the Program offered every entering first year law student an opportunity to have a professional mentor and approximately 300 mentors were involved with the Program. In 2016, the Program began offering all graduate program students in the law school a mentor.

    The Program currently has some 450 mentors who mentor approximately 600 students, including about 90% of each incoming 1L class to the Juris Doctorate program. No other law school in the country has such a program.

  • Mentor Advisory Board

    The Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program is guided, in part, by a Mentoring Advisory Board of approximately 30 mentors and students who are participating in the program. The Board meets for approximately two hours twice a year. Many changes suggested by the Advisory Board have been implemented, resulting in a more effective program.

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the Advisory Board, please contact John Farrell at jfarrell@law.du.edu or 303-871-6129.

  • Schedule

    Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program

    2024-25 Events/Meetings

    Name Date Time Location
    1L Orientation (#1) Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2024 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Rm. 165
    1L Orientation (#2) Thursday, Sep. 5, 2024 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Rm. 165
    1L Orientation (#3) Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2024 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Zoom
    2L/3L/4L Kick-Off Breakfast* Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2024 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Forum
    1L Orientation (#4)** Saturday, Sept. 14, 2024 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Rm. 165
    Breakfast Social* Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2025 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Forum
    Volunteer Appreciation Reception & Hockey Game Friday, Feb. 28, 2025 5:30 p.m. (Reception)
    7 p.m. (Hockey Game)
    Forum & Magness Arena
    Meeting #1 Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2024    
    Meeting #2 Oct. 16 – Nov. 15, 2024    
    Meeting #3 Feb. 15 – Mar. 15, 2025    
    Meeting #4 Mar. 16 – Apr. 15, 2025    

    *   Denotes an event that has no programming.  Mentors and students can come and leave throughout the allotted time.

    **  Orientation time may change to accommodate Part-Time Students’ class.

  • Orientation Documents
  • Program Materials
  • FAQs

    Q:  What are each of the different mentoring programs within the Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program?

    A:  The Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program (the “Program”) is composed of various sub-programs that cater to different groups of students and recent graduates.  The core program pairs practicing attorneys or judges with students in the Juris Doctorate program.  Each year approximately 450 mentors mentor some 600 law students through this program.

    The Program also coordinates with each of the law school’s graduate programs to arrange for mentors for graduate students.  These graduate student programs play a vital role in helping graduate students make connections within the local legal community. 

    Finally, there is the Summer Program.  The Summer Program pairs law students with a mentor for a brief, three-month mentoring relationship during the summer break.  The Summer Program is specifically designed to match students spending their summer outside of the Denver Metropolitan Area with a mentor in their local market. 

    Q: How does matching work? 

    A: The Program attempts to match mentors and mentees in several ways, including practice area, practice setting, and other characteristics that attorneys, judges, and students state on their registration forms is of particular interest to them.  That said, the Program is limited to matching students with those mentors who have volunteered, so we cannot guarantee a perfect match by practice area, for example.  What is most important, however, is that each student is matched with an attorney or judge who actively endeavors to cultivate the next group of legal professionals and who the student will have access to throughout their law school career and beyond as a first point of contact for learning to network within and navigate through the local legal community.

    Q: Are there mentors from all different backgrounds and with various lived experiences, including those that have been historically underrepresented in the practice of law?

    A: Yes. Any mentee may request a mentor from an underrepresented group and we will do our best to match you with someone from the identity group you request. If a mentee does not specifically request such a mentor, the mentee will be assigned a mentor based on the stated practice area interests of the mentee. The Program works with all of the diversity bar associations in the Denver metro area. A mentee should indicate any diversity preferences on the Student Application.

    Q: Who initiates the first contact?

    A: The Program asks mentors to initiate contact with mentees at least for the first semester.

    Q: Are mentors and mentees required to discuss the suggested Discussion Topics during their meetings?

    A: No.  Mentors and mentees are encouraged to discuss the suggested Discussion Topics, but are free to discuss any appropriate topics upon which they mutually agree. The Discussion Topics are merely prompts and include more practical aspects of a mentee’s prospective career path, class selection, networking, professionalism and comparable topics.

    Q: May mentors and mentees meet more or less frequently than the suggested schedule?

    A: Yes. Mentors and mentees may meet as often as they mutually agree. Meetings also don’t have to have a specific topic.  For example, a mentee and mentor might attend a bar association section meeting, an Inn of Court, or a meeting at the mentor’s office. That said, we strongly, strongly encourage mentors and mentees to connect at least once per month during the academic year. Regularity promotes relationship development.

    Q: Does the Program continue throughout law school?

    A: Yes.  The Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program is designed so that a mentee will have a mentor throughout their law school career.  Mentors are even more important as a mentee nears the end of a law school career and networking opportunities become more critical.  Developing a strong relationship takes time and effort from both parties, so the longer the relationship the better.

    Q: Do I have the same mentor or mentee during the mentee’s law school career?

    A: The Program hopes mentees and mentors will remain matched throughout the mentee’s law school career.  However, if for some reason the relationship doesn’t work out, either a mentee or a mentor may request a new assignment either during the first year; at the end of the first year; or during the second year of law school. Sometimes the mentee’s interest area will change which could precipitate the need for a different mentor.  To request a change of match, please fill out the Migration Form.

    Q: What happens if I don’t hear from my mentor or my mentee?

    A: Sometimes communications between mentors and mentees break down. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including the mentor switching firms, unexpected life events of either party, or lack of capacity. If so, try contacting your mentor or your mentee again. If there is still no response, please email mentor@law.du.edu . The Program will try to resolve any problem.

  • Migration Form

    Instructions: Complete this webform to formally request a new mentor or student. Prior to completing this form, we encourage you to reach out to the Program at mentor@law.du.edu to discuss any issues or concerns you may have. We are happy to guide you in transitioning out of your current match. Our goal is to provide you (whether student or mentor) with a fulfilling mentoring experience, and we will work with you to accomplish that goal.

    Migration Form

Michael G. Massey Professional Mentoring Program Team

 
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