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Project Reverse Mentoring

Purpose & Acknowledgements

Welcome to "Project Reverse Mentoring." The purpose of this project is to create a method and system for Law Schools and Bar Associations to use law students and recent graduates to teach basic email and internet skills to the Law Schools' Senior Lawyer Alumni and other senior lawyers in the area of the school.

Email and Internet skills are an important part of a successful complete or partial retirement. Through the media of email and the Internet, the Senior Lawyer can maintain contact and receive information from their law school and bar associations,

Retired and partially retired Senior Lawyers can be a valuable source of volunteer and pro bono service and activity to their Bar Associations, and a source of monetary contributions and employment opportunities for graduates of the school. email ability can greatly enhance the senior lawyers contact with family friends and institutions. The Internet can open whole new vistas for their retirement years.

The students who teach the senior lawyers can not only be proud of what they are doing, but can also receive career guidance from the senior lawyer. In some cases, there may even be the possibility of employment by the senior's firm.

Each student and recent graduate who participates in the program will receive a certificate of merit from either the State Bar of California and / or the American Bar Association (subject to the ABA approval).

It is to be expected that the Certificate of Merit would be mentioned on the student's resume and may open a line of conversation with a prospective employer.

Law Schools and Bar Associations are invited to copy and use this system.

This system of "Reverse Mentoring" was developed through the collaborative efforts of many organizations. The Senior Lawyers Committee of The State Bar of California was the driving force to accomplish this goal. Its Chair, Jay G Foonberg of Los Angeles, conceived and spearheaded the Project. The American Bar Association, through its Senior Lawyers Division encouraged the project through its Communication and Technology Committee under the Division's Chairs, Harry Hathaway and George Cain. The University of West Los Angeles School of Law provided the students who in reality were the creators of the curricula. Robert Brown, President of the University and Dorothy Cobb, Vice President of Alumni Relations and the Placement office made available the University's computer laboratories as a place to meet and develop curricula. Law students, Dan Yang, and Glenn Saffold did the major part of the curricula work assisted by students.

 


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