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Mentoring

 Thank you for your interest in the IAHA Mentoring Program!

The next mentoring year program will begin in Spring 2019; please check back to submit your application.

Please read the following important information about the structure of the Program prior to submitting your application.

The IAHA Mentoring Program was started in 2013. The program is designed to expand a member’s network within the IAHA and offer continued professional development for all members.

Please read the following important information about the structure of the Program, including FAQs about the Program at the bottom of the page.


The IAHA Mentoring Program offers two participation tracks – a CLE Track and a Non-CLE Track.

CLE Track

The CLE Track was developed by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP). The program is sponsored by IAHA and is approved by the ILSCCP.

The CLE Track provides eligible participants an opportunity to earn six (6) professional responsibility CLE credits. Newly-admitted attorneys may use this program to earn the six (6) hours of professional responsibility credits that are required as part of Basic Skills. If the program is used to satisfy the Basic Skills Professional Responsibility requirement, it does not have to be completed at the time the newly-admitted attorney is required to report compliance.

There is no fee to obtain the CLE credit.

Eligible Participants and Requirements:  

Mentors

  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois for not less than five years.
  • Registered as active and in good standing on IL ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys
  • Never suspended or disbarred from practice in any state or jurisdiction
  • No formal disciplinary complaint pending.

Mentees

  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois no more than four years prior to beginning the program OR passed the Illinois bar exam and awaiting formal admission to practice law in Illinois
  • Practicing or intend to practice law in Illinois
  • Completes the program within the first five years of practice

Mentors and mentees in the CLE Track must complete specific requirements established by the ILSCCP. IAHA will provide mentors and mentees various resources, including ILSCCP-developed materials, to assist them in meeting the ILSCCP requirements:

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Attend an Orientation Session to begin the mentoring year;
  • Sign a Mentoring Agreement defining parameters for the year;
  • Develop an individualized Mentoring Plan at the outset of the year that identifies actions in designated ILSCCP professional responsibility CLE categories that the mentor and mentee will complete throughout the year;
  • Meet at least eight (8) times in-person;*
  • Attest in writing at the end of the year that they have completed the actions identified in the Mentoring Plan and that they have met at least eight (8) times in-person (or three (3) times in-person and five (5) times via video if applicable, see the Distance Mentoring Exception below) by the end of the mentoring year;
  • Apply for CLE credit at the end of the mentoring year.

*Available Distance Mentoring Exception
In certain circumstances, if mentoring pairs do not live within a commutable distance or if they demonstrate a compelling need, at the discretion of the IAHA Mentoring Program Administrator, they may be permitted to meet via video-assisted communication. At least three (3) of the eight meetings must be held in-person and five (5) may be held via video communication, such as Skype, FaceTime or videoconferencing.


Non-CLE Track

The Non-CLE Track provides participants who are not eligible for the CLE Track or do not wish to commit to completing the CLE Track requirements an opportunity to participate in the Program. Non-CLE Track participants are asked to commit at minimum one (1) hour per month to the Mentor/Mentee relationship. 

If you have any questions related to the Mentoring Program, please contact the Mentoring Program co-chairs, Nicholas Brescia or Limo Cherian.



 

On Mentoring

The program is designed to expand a member’s network within the IAHA and offer continued professional development for all members.

The IAHA Mentoring Program provides experienced attorneys, attorneys who are newly admitted or are newcomers to the practice of health law, and law students an opportunity to engage and learn from one another. The Program would like to recognize members who have taken advantage of this mentoring opportunity and highlight the value of their experience that they have shared. This month we're pleased to highlight:

 

Kathy A. Roe
The Health Law Consultancy
(Mentor)

Matthew Meidell
(Mentee)

  1. What is one thing you've learned from your mentor/mentee that you would not have learned from another colleague?  
  2. Kathy (Mentor)
    My Mentee, Matt Meidell, taught me about the practical reality of the legal job market facing students graduating from law school today. On the one hand, law students today have access to so much information about legal job openings and fellowships and so many networking opportunities with practicing attorneys while they are in law school. On the other hand, those first legal jobs for new graduates seem fewer and harder to land, even when one does well in law school. It certainly seems much less normative today that the majority of 3rd year law students have their first legal job lined up upon law school graduation.
    Matthew (Mentee)
    During the mentorship program I was a 3L and wanted to learn how to maximize the numerous networking opportunities available through professional organizations, such as IAHA. Kathy helped me develop a plan for reaching out to professionals I met at events and how to foster the relationship. Now, after ending a year and a half contracted attorney position, I am using the skills I learned during the mentorship program to seek out new opportunities.

     

  3. How has the Mentoring Program impacted your professional goals?
  4. Kathy (Mentor)
    Participation in the Mentoring Program has prompted me think whether what I suggest and discuss with Matt about his professional aspirations aligns with what I do about my own professional career. Do I take the time to learn how to use LinkedIn effectively? Should I use other social media for professional communications? Do I prepare for every meeting? Do I regularly review and update my professional bio or LinkedIn profile? Do I diligently, but diplomatically, follow up when I get no response to my outreach? And so on.

    Matthew (Mentee)
    Over the course of the mentorship program Kathy helped me figure out what areas of healthcare law I am most interested in and what type of organization I would like to work for. This allowed me to focus my job search efforts and helped me write a resume that highlights my coursework and job experience that aligns with the areas of law in which I am interested. Even after our mentorship program ended, Kathy has been willing to review my resume and provide guidance on my LinkedIn profile.

     

  5. Has the program met or exceeded your expectations? Why or why not?
  6. Kathryn (Mentor)
    The Mentoring Program exceeded expectations. Mentoring programs are often touted to Mentors as opportunities to “give back to your community” by supporting and building a relationship with a law student or attorney at an earlier stage in his/her professional career. That is certainly one benefit. But there is much more. The Mentoring Program invited me to think purposefully about shaping my own professional career while working with Matt each month on shaping his professional career. Building a successful and satisfying professional career takes conscious attention; it is all too easy to get caught up in the daily hustle bustle of practice and business and hope that your career just happens.
    Matthew (Mentee)
    The mentorship program exceeded my expectations because through the program I have been introduced to many healthcare law professionals. This has encouraged me to attend more professional events and to become more involved in the healthcare law community. Events such as the quarterly lectures have proven to be valuable education opportunities that supplement what I have learned in law school and what I have learned while working as an attorney. This has made me think about what topics I would like to learn more about and as a result, I have joined the IAHA education committee.

     

  7. What is something you have taken away from the Program that has surprised you?
  8. Kathy (Mentor)
    Nothing particularly surprised me about the Mentoring Program. But, there are things about the Mentoring Program that impress. The Program draws Mentees who invest time and energy to make the most of their participation. I was consistently impressed by how prepared Matt was for our meetings, took notes during our meetings and carried out post-meeting the intentions he expressed in our meetings. With that kind of Mentee engagement, it’s easy and enjoyable to be a Mentor.
    Matthew (Mentee)
    I was surprised by how much time Kathy was willing to spend with me throughout the duration of the mentorship program and even after the program ended. Despite everyone being busy with their own professional and personal lives I have found that if you make an effort to reach out to other professionals, many times they will happily speak with you over the phone or meet with you in person.

     

  9. Has the time commitment been manageable? Why or why not?
  10. Kathy (Mentor)
    Mentee pair will devote one hour per month to their Mentor-Mentee relationship. Matt and I generally met once a month for coffee. We typically scheduled our monthly meetings well in advance so the appointment went on my calendar like any other appointment. Counting meeting preparation, attendance and follow-up, I probably invested 2-3 hours each month in our Mentor-Mentee relationship. That’s a small investment for the big return of a mutually beneficial relationship that continues to this day.
    Matthew (Mentee)
    The time commitment of the program was very manageable. Kathy and I met about once a month during the program. Our meetings generally lasted around one hour during which we would discuss what progress I had made on the goals that we had set during the previous month’s meeting. Kathy and I would schedule our meetings a week or two in advance to avoid last minute schedule conflicts.

     

 

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