57 J. Legal Educ. 102 (2007)
Fostering Professionalism through Mentoring

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Mentoring
Nell Hamilton and Lisa Montpetit Brabbit
Introduction
Do you think our profession could do better at realizing its ideals and core
values? Ask this question to any group of experienced lawyers at a CLE ses-
sion and every hand will go up. Professionalism is the term most often used
to describe this widespread desire to do better, but the profession does not
agree on the specific meaning and scope of the term. In the following section,
we outline seven principles to provide a clear definition of professionalism.
How can we improve professionalism? Scholars, bar associations, and
judges are beginning to recognize the importance of formal mentor relation-
ships as a means of doing so. The ABA's 1986 Stanley Commission Report
recommends that more experienced lawyers would be useful mentors for
new lawyers.' The ABA's 1996 Haynsworth Report urges experienced law-
yers to participate in formal and informal mentoring programs and recom-
mends that bar associations establish mentor programs under which expe-
rienced lawyers mentor newly admitted lawyers.' The 1999 National Action
Plan on Lawyer Conduct and Professionalism adopted by the Conference of
Neil Hamilton is a professor of law, the Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership
in the Professions, and Faculty Adviser to the Mentor Externship Program, University of St.
Thomas School of Law.
Lisa Montpetit Brabbit is the Assistant Dean for External Relations and Programs, supervises
the Mentor Externship Program, and is former Director of the Mentor Externship Program,
University of St. Thomas School of Law.
The article has benefited greatly from the comments and suggestions of the current Mentor
Externship Program Director, David Bateson, as well as attorney Robert MacCrate and pro-
fessors Rob Atkinson, Susan Fortney, Sharon Gibson, Steven Hartwell, Thomas Morgan,
Thomas Shaffer, and adjunct professor Susan Roehrich. The help of our research assistants,
Brooke Swenson, Kristi Schlosser Carlson, and Marion Cush, was invaluable. We do not
speak for the School of Law in this article.
A.B.A., Comm'n on Professionalism, ...In the Spirit of Public Service: A Blueprint for the
Rekindling of Lawyer Professionalism 2 (Chicago, 1986) (hereinafter Stanley Commission
Report).
2.  A.B.A., Section of Legal Educ. & Admissions to the Bar, Teaching and Learning
Professionalism: Report of the Professionalism Committee 29, 31 (Chicago 1996)
(hereinafter Haynsworth Report).

Journal of Legal Education, Volume 57, Number i (March 2007)

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