EBA Mentor Program

Welcome to the  EBA Mentor Center

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The Energy Bar Association (“EBA”) is dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of energy law.  Consistent with that objective, EBA is facilitating opportunities for members to network in order to build relationships and share knowledge and experiences.  The EBA Mentorship Program is being established to promote this objective.  EBA appreciates the willingness of its members to assist each other in the development of their professional careers and active engagement in EBA opportunities.  This document provides a brief overview of the EBA Mentorship Program.

GOALS OF MENTORSHIP PROGRAM:

  • To facilitate communication among EBA members in the early stages of their careers (“Mentees”) and EBA’s more experienced members (“Mentors”)
  • To enhance the professional development of both Mentors and Mentees.
  • To enhance the value of membership and increase the retention of EBA members by providing informal opportunities for professional development and contact with EBA members

PROCESS FOR MENTOR/MENTEE MATCHING

  • Mentors will volunteer to have their names listed under a members-only section of the EBA website, with their contact information and any other information they have shared in their EBA member profile.
  • Mentees will have access to the Mentor list and may choose a Mentor from that list. When a Mentor and Mentee have agreed to a mentorship, the Mentor may notify the EBA Office to remove his/her contact information from the Mentor list.
  • The Mentor may reinstate contact information on the Mentor List at any time.
  • The duration of the Mentor-Mentee relationship will be left up to the Mentor and the Mentee. 

If you would like to become a mentor or mentee, just complete the appropriate application and EBA will post your listing within the EBA Job Board.   

                                      Mentor Application          Mentee Application

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES BETWEEN MENTOR/MENTEE:

Initial Meeting

  1. Exchange contact information and general schedule information
  2. Find common interests
  3. Discuss EBA history/culture/involvement with EBA
  4. Share career path, experiences, challenges, and aspirations
  5. Mentor to offer Mentee suggestions for achieving long-term goals
  6. Mentor to address Mentee questions or concerns

Quarterly Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings are recommended
  • Similar topics to those discussed above in initial meeting
  • Review EBA’s educational offerings to assist in making suggestions on events to attend
  • Mentee to identify areas for discussion, such as career goals/plans and concerns and issues for discussion
  • Initiate open dialogue on any issues

Periodically Check In  (at least once a month)

  • Face-to-face is ideal, but email or phone calls are sufficient
  • Look for opportunities for Mentee to provide feedback to the Mentor about the mentorship
  • Ask questions and share concerns
  • Collaborate with mentoring colleague
  • Establish and keep open a communication channel
  • Share EBA Development/Professional Opportunities
  • Mentors should include Mentee in EBA-related activities and other professional opportunities, as appropriate
  • Discuss the short-term and long-term importance of developing knowledge and skills to be a technically-sound lawyer, engaging in client relationship management/client development, and forging relationships

The above provides general guidelines and suggestions.  If you have any questions about the EBA Mentorship Program, please feel free to contact the EBA Office or any EBA officer.  We may also periodically ask both Mentees and Mentors to share their thoughts on the Mentorship Program via an evaluation.

Additional Reading

25 Benefits or Mentoring

The Importance of Mentorship

The Daily Record
Having a mentor and serving as one has helped shape my career as a legal professional. I think the mentor/mentee relationship is critical to helping us face our doubts, fears and even just to brainstorm and realize someone else has been in our shoes before.