Vermont Bar Association Mentor Advice Program
The Vermont Mentor Advice Program is a voluntary program offered by the Vermont Bar Association, pairing new attorneys in Vermont (Advisees) with experienced practitioners in Vermont (Mentors) to provide guidance regarding practical, ethical and professional issues. VMAP also seeks to promote positive relationships within the Vermont bar.
Mentors and Advisees will be paired based upon a variety of factors, including area of practice, size and type of firm or other legal employer, common interests and affiliations, and geographic location, keeping in mind that geographic location should not be a barrier for an otherwise excellent match.
Each mentoring pair should develop a plan that best suits their specific professional relationship, respective work schedules, and goals for the program. At the end of the initial six-month period, the parties may by mutual agreement choose to renew their mentoring relationship for up to three additional terms. Frequently Asked Questions about the program are found HERE.
The VMAP is separate from the Attorney Licensing Mentorship Requirements for First-Year Admittees, although a VMAP Mentor may concurrently serve as a supervising mentor for the First-Year Admittees if the VMAP mentor wishes. Here is a LINK to more information about the First-Year Requirements for Newly Admitted Attorneys on the Attorney Licensing webpage.
How VMAP Works
- Applications for prospective Mentors are HERE and applications for prospective Advisees are HERE.
- Applications include a Participation Agreement that includes guidelines for the program.
- Once a match has been made, both parties will be notified.
- Mentors are responsible for setting up the initial meeting.
- Topics to cover at the initial meeting include:
- Participation Agreement guidelines
- Boundaries of the relationship
- Avoiding potential conflicts of interest
- Preferred means of communication
- Expectations of the relationship
- Advisee’s goals
- Ethical guidelines.
- Plans for next meeting
- Each mentoring pair should develop a plan that best suits their specific professional relationship, respective work schedules, and goals for the program.
- Discussions between the Mentor and Advisee should be confidential unless express permission is granted to share information with a third party.
- At the end of the initial six-month period, the parties may by mutual agreement choose to renew their mentoring relationship for up to three additional terms.
- Mentors and Advisees are asked to complete a brief confidential evaluation at the end of the mentorship period, to enable us to evaluate and improve the program.
- Any questions about the program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with VMAP in the subject line, or by calling 802-223-2020.