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What Circle participants have to say about their experience:

"Thank you very much for the opportunity to have participated in the Litigation Mentoring Circle. As this Circle draws to a close, I would particularly like to thank Ms. Virginia Trunkes and Messrs. Jim Landau and John Siffert, who served as genuine mentors, whose encouragement and wisdom was pivotal - in my ability to handle my first oral argument at the appellate level last week - and will remain with me as a model of professionalism and humanity throughout my life." - Victorine Froehlich

New York City Bar Mentoring Circles
for Small Firm and Solo Practitioners

The New York City Bar Mentoring Circles are designed to serve members at all stages of their practice. Each Circle will include several experienced lawyers and a somewhat larger group of newer lawyers who are establishing a practice.

In a traditional mentoring set up, experienced practitioners advise junior practitioners one-on-one. With Mentoring Circles, each member is both a mentee and a mentor and all members receive professional development and networking opportunities. While the benefits to a newer attorney might be obvious, Circles offer equally valuable opportunities to more experienced attorneys, for whom networking with newer solos and small firm practitioners may open up opportunities for help with piled up legal work and expansion of business through referrals of cases.

Mentoring Circles provide members with a confidential and more personal forum that allows the groups to hone law practice development and management skills, build relationships, expand referral networks and engage in substantive discussions.

The City Bar Mentoring Circles are divided into the following areas:

  • Corporate Practice Circle
  • Family Law Circle
  • General Practice Circle
  • Immigration Circle
  • Intellectual Property Circle
  • Litigation Circle
  • Real Estate Circle
  • Trusts & Estates Circle

The 2014-2015 Mentoring Circles program will be divided into two separate Sessions. Session 1 will run from September 2014 through January 2015 and Session 2 will run from February 2015 – June 2015.

You must be a current City Bar member to participate. If you are not a current member, please click here to join the City Bar.

If you are a member and would like to join a Mentoring Circle please click here to fill out and submit a Mentoring Circle application. Registration for Session 1 is closed and we are currently taking registrations for Session 2. Attendance is limited and the cost of participation in Session 2 is $120. Not all applicants are assured of being placed in a Mentoring Circle. Anyone not placed in a Circle will have her/his payment refunded.


Meetings will begin with either a 30 minute presentation by a guest speaker on a topic of interest to small firm practitioners or a short reception allowing members of all the Circles to network. The presentation or reception will be followed by individual Circle meetings lasting up to one hour.

Meeting dates for the 2014-2015 year are as follows:

Session 1
September 22, 2014 – Kick-Off Reception Event at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
October 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
November 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
December 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Holiday Event
January 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM– 10:00 AM

Session 2 – Registration Begins January 2015
February 23, 2015 – Kick-Off Reception Event at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
March 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
April 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
May 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
June 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

For questions about the Mentoring Circles please contact Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center, or Martha Harris, Director of Professional Development,