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The original deadline to apply to participate in the 2020 AABA Mentorship Program has now passed. In view of the unusual circumstance this year, however, the Mentorship Committee will accept late applications and where possible, place the late applicants into available mentorship families.

After you submit your application, please send an email notification about your submitted application to Tam Thanh Pham (tpham@polsinelli.com) and Jessilyn Ho (jessilyn.chwa@gmail.com).

2020 aaba Mentorship Program

Attorneys with 5+ years of experience: Apply to be a Mentor Here

Law Students and Attorneys with 0-5 years of experience: Apply to be a Mentee Here

This year’s AABA Mentorship Program is designed for two types of intended mentees:

(1) Bay Area law students

(2) Young attorneys (typically 0-5 years of practice) that live or work in the greater San Francisco Bay Area

In this year’s program, we match law students and young attorneys with more senior attorney mentors experienced in particular practice areas (which range from criminal and corporate law, to in-house and government practice, to public interest and immigration law), forming distinct “families” that can offer guidance in every aspect of professional and personal development.  In addition, we offer exclusive events throughout the year just for the families in order to facilitate and foster the relationships between mentors and mentees.  Some of the events include Dim Sum brunches, bottomless mimosa brunches, karaoke, and trivia night, just to name a few.

Why be a mentor?  Nobody did it on their own.  Everyone remembers navigating the rough seas of a burgeoning legal career, and how important mentors were for their development.  A mentor’s small investment can yield a lifetime of rewards, not just for a mentee, but for a mentor as well.  All it takes is a few phone calls, emails, and a meal or two to make a tremendous difference.  Not only can you help ensure the expansion of a successful and socially conscious Asian legal community, but you can make lifelong friends and increase your own professional network.  It’s never too late to become a mentor!

Why be a mentee?  The amount of success our legal community as seen in those who have participated in our Mentorship Program stands as a testament to the impact of the program on their careers.  Law students and young attorneys have often reported finding career paths and employment opportunities through their mentors, in addition to the invaluable advice, guidance and perspective gained.  Mentees benefit from roads already traveled, and paths already blazed, to build upon the successes of previous generations.

The AABA Mentorship Committee Chairs are listed here.


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