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Now in its second year, the Federal Bar Council’s Mentoring Circles program was launched in 2020 as an outgrowth of the Strategic Plan. 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.
Each Mentoring Circle is comprised of 5-7 people, led by a single mentor matched with 4-6 mentees. The Mentoring Circle in essence becomes a small community in which mentors and mentees develop individual mentorship relationships and the Circle as a whole functions to address a larger need for community, connection, and professional development.
There are occasions where everyone in the program will gather (virtually, at this point), to allow cross-Circle interactions and leverage the knowledge-base and relationships of all our mentors. Mentoring circles 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 window will open in September. The program is open to all Council Members in good standing.