Sept. 28, 2016 - The University of Houston Law Center Upper Level Mentoring Program for the 2016-2017 school year kicked off last week with upper-level law students networking with Houston area attorneys who will serve as mentors.
The Kick-Off Event was hosted by the Law Center's Career Development Office and Office of Alumni Relations in the Hendricks Heritage Room. It was attended by Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes, faculty, staff, alumni, and primarily third-year students, as well as other distinguished Houston-area attorneys.
"If you ask any successful person, if they are honest, they will tell you that someone in their life provided them with the advice and guidance necessary for them to be successful," Baynes said. "No one makes it on his or her own. A mentoring relationship is invaluable for success. It provides the protégé with the opportunity to learn from someone who has a similar life path. The mentor can guide the protégé so he or she can avoid pitfalls and chart a positive course.
"Mentoring is one of the most effective ways to jumpstart your career. Without mentoring, you often don't know what you don't know."
The mentoring program gives upper-level Law Center students the opportunity to gain insight on their particular practice area of interest, or the legal profession in general, from practicing attorneys. The guidance will prove to be useful information when mentees make their transitions from students to lawyers. A total of 56 mentees and 49 mentors are participating in this year's program.
"The Career Development Office and Office of Alumni Relations were thrilled with the turnout for the Upper Level Mentoring Program Kick-Off Event and the networking opportunity that it provided prior to the official announcement of mentor-mentee matches," said Margaret De Young, Law Center Senior Career Development Specialist.
To develop their relationships, mentees and mentors are invited to attend the UH Law Alumni Association's "Professional Development Series: Path to Partner" event at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Tasting Room in Uptown Park. Ricky Raven '86, a partner at Reed Smith, will be the presenter.