Mentorship is the means by which my art is continued. The practice of law is not something that is learned in the classroom, but in the courtroom and in the office. It is not learned by instruction but by guidance. In olden days young lawyers were apprentices. That day is gone. Today, the art is passed on when a more experienced attorney takes a less experienced attorney under his wing and passes on the art.
When I was younger a more experienced person took me under their wing. When I expressed gratitude, they said that they had received the same gift when they were younger, and were simply glad for the chance to pass on the gift to the next generation. It is easy to be a lawyer; it is hard to be a good lawyer. A good lawyer is more than one who wins cases; it is one who comports himself with respect to himself, to his fellow counselors, and most importantly, to the institution of law.
Mentorship is advice given to someone at the beginning of their career, that they may take the right steps, and avoid the wrong ones.
Mentorship is, after the pursuit of justice, the greatest act to which a lawyer can aspire.
Mentorship is the connection with the Tree of Life, so that we are not just individuals in time, but part of the larger collective.
Mentorship is one of the most rewarding things you could ever do in your profession.
Mentorship ensures that equally qualified individuals will be here tomorrow.
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