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Building the Diversity Pipeline: Seeking Attorneys for Mentorships
August 28, 2012




The HCBA’s Diversity Committee is excited to announce that it has teamed with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Greater Twin Cities to create a Lawyer Pipeline Project for inner-city youth.

The Lawyer Pipeline Project (LPP) will begin as a pilot project in the form of five mentor-mentee relationships between lawyers and middle school aged youth from inner-city areas who have expressed an interest in the law or who are otherwise motivated to attend college.

With nearly 2000 active mentoring relationships, BBBS is the largest mentoring program in the Twin Cities. It brings over 90 years of experience and wonderful expertise building positive relationships between adults and youth. BBBS will arrange for mentor orientation and training, screening, and follow-up.

A unique and exceedingly crucial feature of the LPP is that it is a very long-term pipeline. Our goal is to mentor to inner-city youth from middle school through law school, or for some, college or graduate school. This is what distinguishes the LPP. At the same time, mentoring through this  program requires an “above and beyond” commitment to mentees.  It is through this commitment that the program’s central  goal—helping to elevate youth to a better life—can be realized.

The Diversity Committee is confident that the LPP can attract lawyer-mentors willing to make this kind of commitment. Are you one of those people?

An informational meeting to explain the Lawyer Pipeline Project will take place at the HCBA offices on Sept. 14., from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided). We urge anyone interested in mentoring to attend. If you have questions in advance of the meeting, contact Jim Skoog at jim@hcba.org or 612-752-6615.

It is time to make a difference in the life of a young person. The Lawyer Pipeline Project can help you do that.


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