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Applications for the 2020-2021 Mentoring Program Year are Now Closed

IAHA’s Mentoring Program is excited to announce the 2020-2021 mentoring program year is starting in October!

The Mentoring Program is again offering two participation tracks – a CLE track and a non-CLE track. The CLE track provides the opportunity to earn 6 hours of Illinois Professional Responsibility CLE credit. That is enough credit to satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement for a CLE reporting period or the Basic Skills Professional Responsibility requirement for a first-year attorney!

Participants are welcome to participate in one or both tracks if eligible.


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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:  


  • Practiced law for five years or more
  • Active and in good standing on IL ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys
  • Never suspended or disbarred from practice in any state or jurisdiction


  • Complete the program within first five years of practice in Illinois
  • Registered as active on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll
  • Practicing or intend to practice law in Illinois

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:


  • 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;*
  • Due to concerns about COVID-19, and in accordance with guidance from the Illinois Supreme Court, those participating in the lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program may hold any or all their required minimum eight in-person meetings over the one-year term through video conference.  This exception will be valid through December 31, 2020. 
  • 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; [REPLACED BY COVID-19 EXCEPTIONS]
  • 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, Joan Lebow or Greg Rastatter.




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