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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

You must be a current City Bar member to participate. Attendance is limited and the annual cost of participation is $200. If you are not a current member, please click here to join the City Bar.

Registration for the Mentoring Circles will remain open until October 15.  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. Unfortunately, the Litigation Circle is currently at capacity.  Not all applicants are assured of being placed in a Mentoring Circle. Anyone not placed in a Circle will have her/his payment refunded. If you have any questions regarding this circle, please contact


A schedule of meeting dates is below. Each meeting will begin with a 30 minute reception where members of all six Circles can benefit from joint networking. The reception will be followed by individual breakouts for each Circle lasting up to one hour.

Meeting dates for the 2013-2014 year are as follows:

October 16 at 8:30 am
November 20 at 8:30 am
December 18 at 8:30 am
January 22 at 6:00 pm
February 26 at 8:30 am
March 19 at 8:30 am
April 23 at 8:30 am
May 28 at 8:30 am

For questions about the Mentoring Circles please contact Alla Roytberg, or Martha Harris,