Dear Members:

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new program, the Federal Bar Council Mentoring Circles. Mentoring has always been a prominent, yet informal, aspect of what the Federal Bar Council does, through cross-generational networking events, committee participation and engagement, and our Inn of Court.

A core initiative that came out of our strategic planning process was formalizing a mentorship program. We originally envisioned it as traditional one-on-one mentoring. However, in light of how our profession has pivoted in the face of the COVID pandemic, we reexamined our ideas about mentoring and developed a more comprehensive mentoring framework that fits the needs of our Members during this unique time. We landed on a collaborative concept called Mentoring Circles.

Each Mentoring Circle will be comprised of 5-7 people, led by a single mentor matched with 4-6 mentees. The Mentoring Circle will in essence become a small community, in which mentors and mentees will develop individual mentorship relationships and the Circle as a whole will function to address a larger need for community, connection, and professional development during this time. There will be occasions where everyone in the program will gather together (virtually, at this point), to allow cross-Circle interactions and leverage the knowledge-base and relationships of all our mentors. Mentoring circles will meet once every two months, or more frequently at the discretion of each Circle. In addition, mentors will be asked to have at least one one-on-one meeting with each of their mentees during each two-month period.

The application period opens today, and applications will be accepted through Friday, October 3rd. Mentoring Circle matches will be announced on October 15th. We hope everyone will consider participating in this important program. Mentor and mentee expressions of interest must be submitted through this form. The program is open to all Council Members in good standing.

Best regards,
Mary Kay Vyskocil

Jonathan M. Moses
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee