Who Needs a Mentor? | by Autumn Ronda, Barristers President

Autumn-Ronda-2013Everyone! The importance of mentorship cannot be understated. Oftentimes it can mean the difference between a budding professional’s determination to succeed, and their tangible success. Though a mentor relationship can exist in many forms, it always guides the mentee to the most clear and advantageous path to attaining their goals and the mentor will find the experience equally enriching.

I am fortunate to have maintained mentorship relationships with both attorneys and non-legal professionals alike. Though I am glad to have mentors within my firm, having mentors outside of one’s organization is imperative. It is often these individuals who can provide the most impartial view of a problem or obstacle. Sometimes I ask my mentors to comment on the strategy I’ve selected for a particular client, edit something I’ve drafted, or simply brainstorm with me. Other times, I’m looking for advice on the “big picture.” Regardless of the scale of my request, their experienced opinions and helpful reassurances help me to achieve my short and long-term goals.

This all seems very one-sided, right? It seems impossible for one to reciprocate the generosity of someone who is willing to invest so much of themselves in other individuals, but the answer is simple; you can’t repay them, so you must pay it forward instead. Personally, I have mentored at least ten individuals in a meaningful way, so I know the feeling of gratification and accomplishment, which a mentor feels when their mentee succeeds, is immeasurable.

How can you find yourself in a mentor relationship like the ones I described above, you ask? To facilitate meaningful mentoring relationships among BHBA members, my Co-Chair, Zev Shechtman and I have formed the new Barristers Mentorship Committee. Participants will submit detailed applications and the program administrators will make appropriate and thoughtful matches. Student members will be matched with Barristers as mentors. Barristers will be matched with more experienced members as Mentors. Mentor/Mentee matches will design their own guidelines for their relationship and a social event will be held in the spring to “kick-off” the Mentorship Program.

Please go to www.bhba.org/mentorship to complete an application to become a mentor and/or mentee today. I promise, regardless of which end of the relationship you fall on, it will be one of the most beneficial things you do as a member of the BHBA!


Autumn Ronda is a Tax and Estate Planning attorney at Valensi Rose, PLC in Century City. You may contact her at ar@vrmlaw.com or 310 277 8011.

1/21/14: Bankruptcy, Immigration and Tax: Three Fields of Federal Practice for New Lawyers

Learn the basics of bankruptcy, tax, and immigration, and how they affect your current cases. This is also an excellent opportunity for newer attorneys and law students to explore these often overlooked law school electives and map out their career path ahead of time!

Add value to your practice by learning the basics of bankruptcy, tax, and immigration, and how they affect your current cases. This is also an excellent opportunity for newer attorneys and law students to explore these often overlooked law school electives and map out their career path ahead of time!

Also, come and support fellow BHBA Barristers Zev Shechtman, Roshni Gandhi, and LeRoy Williams as they dispense practical and useful information you can immediately apply to get maximum results on your current cases.

Law Students and Attorneys will equally benefit from this presentation, where they will get a tremendous amount of information condensed into one presentation with guides, checklists, and forms.
 

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Tips for Negotiating Anything! – December 17 MCLE

Top 12 Tips for Negotiating Anything: How to Win Your Case Without Going to Court
 
Join our distinguished speaker
  • Jan Frankel Schau, Neutral, ADR Services
Daily Journal Top 50 Neutral in California, Jan Frankel Schau of ADR Services will present her top 12 tips for becoming a smooth negotiator. The discussion will include tips and pointers on using your mediator to achieve  optimal outcomes in litigated cases as well as communication techniques for achieving the best results in every negotiation.

 

 

 
WHEN - Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 6 pm to 7:30 pm 
WHERE -  Beverly Hills Bar Association Center (Directions

  

1.0 Hours of General MCLE Credit 
 
Barristers Program Chair: Lawrence W. Freiman, Esq.

Thank you 2012-13 Executive Committee, and Congratulations to Roshni Gandi!

It was a great year for last year's Board, and such a fun meeting tonight! Next meeting Oct. 9.

And a big CONGRATULATIONS to Barristers member Roshni Gandhi, for being honored with the Barristers' Lawrence J. Blake Award! It will be presented to her officially at the BHBA Installation Dinner on Oct. 1.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

It was a tough fight, but BHBA lost to SMBA by only one point, scored in the last inning!  But we had a blast anyway, and everyone enjoyed our BBQ.

5/16: Barristers Happy Hour

BHBA Happy Hour May 16

Click here to go to the event page, where you can send the event to your electronic calendar.

Great Day for a Bike Ride!

Last week, several Barristers members met for a bike ride in the South Bay. Thirteen and and a half miles later we were back at Good Stuff Restaurant, hungry for a terrific brunch. Thanks to Brian Smith for organizing, and can't wait for the next program in July!

Feeding the Homeless, One BBQ Burger at a Time!

This weekend's trip Samoshel was another success, with the Barristers cooking up a bunch of yummy BBQ burgers that everyone loved.  Next month sushi?

April Samoshel

Remember, BHBA Barristers head to Samoshel Homeless Shelter in Santa Monica the 2nd Saturday of every month to help prepare food and serve a meal to about 60 of the City's homeless. The next trip will be on May 11, 3-5pm.  Join us for a fun, easy and very rewarding experience you won't forget!

4/10: Board of Governors Meeting

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the BHBA, to meet and network with other young lawyers in LA, or even just to find some great volunteer opportunities, join the Barristers at its monthly Board of Governors Meeting! It will take place Wednesday, April 10, at the BHBA Headquarters (9420 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212).

RSVP here: http://t.co/RxJEmMZ89y