Aboriginal Lawyers Mentorship Program launched

The Law Society, in collaboration with the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch’s Aboriginal Lawyers’ Forum and the Indigenous Bar Association, is set to begin the recruitment phase of the new Aboriginal Lawyers Mentorship Program.

The program is the first of its kind in North America and is geared toward enhancing the retention and advancement of Aboriginal lawyers, who are currently underrepresented in the legal profession in British Columbia. This mentorship program will pair experienced lawyers with junior Aboriginal lawyers who have up to three years of call.  

The program will be launched during National Aboriginal Day (June 21) at a ­reception hosted by the Aboriginal Lawyers’ Forum at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC.

Mentors needed – please volunteer for this important initiative

The Law Society is currently seeking mentors for the program, which aims to provide a broad pool of mentors to meet a wide range of mentorship needs. It is not necessary that mentors have Aboriginal ancestry.

Once a number of mentors are ­established, junior Aboriginal lawyers who are interested in being mentored will be recruited.

Mentors must possess the following attributes:

  • membership in good standing in the Law Society, with no current or previous citations;
  • more than three years of call in any ­jurisdiction in Canada;
  • established professional experience;
  • effective communication skills;
  • sufficient time to commit to supporting a mentee (mentors should aim to meet, in person, by phone or at networking events, at least once per month for one full year);
  • an advanced understanding of issues related to the retention of Aboriginal lawyers in British Columbia.

To apply, please download the form from the Law Society website (go to Lawyers > Forms).

For more information, contact Andrea Hilland, Law Society staff lawyer, at ahilland@lsbc.org or 604.443.5727.

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