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
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
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.