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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 * Family Law * Immigration Law * Intellectual Property * Labor and Employment * Litigation * Real Estate * Trusts & Estates

The 2015-2016 Mentoring Circles program will be divided into two separate Sessions, a Fall Session from September 2015 through January 2016 and a Spring Session from February 2016 – June 2016.

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.

Registration for the Spring Session is now open. 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 for the Fall Session. Attendance is limited and the cost of participation in the Spring Session 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.

Mentoring Circle Application Form



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 Spring Session are:

February 23rd at 6pm-7:30pm
March 22nd at 8:30 am-10:00am
April 19th at 8:30 am-10:00am
May 24th at 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
June 14th at 8:30am-10am

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