or another. What do you think of
formal mentor programs often
offered by law schools or other
LR: I’ve had mixed experiences in
those. Sometimes the interaction is
too forced or not enough thought
given to matching the participants.
SB: Is mentoring about giving
advice, providing opportunities, or
waiting to be asked for help?
LR: All of those, except waiting. I am
always proactively reading and clipping articles that I think will benefit or interest my
friends and mentees. They are used to
getting an article with a clipped note, “I
thought you would find this of interest.”
On giving advice, I prefer bluntness to any
hide-and-seek or Socratic complexities.
Mentoring does take a conscious effort by
hard to believe that you are still
learning from younger lawyers.
LR: Our profession gets a bum rap.
Every day I look for ward to coming
into the office, learning how clients
have created problems in their lives,
helping them find solutions, interacting with colleagues and younger
lawyers, and learning from all of it.
SB: Has the Inn of Court experience added a new dimension?
LR: I’m very impressed with the structure
and participation in the new Arizona
Bankruptcy Inn of Court. Bankruptcy
lawyers traditionally were not viewed as
true “trial lawyers” and were not part of
such formalized groups. The younger
lawyers appear to be learning from our
meetings, and the interactions are again
very worthwhile. I would hope many beneficial mentoring relationships will grow
out of the Inn of Court experience. AZ AT
SB: So what’s in it for the mentor?
LR: It’s enjoyable to see others around me
succeed. I have learned a great deal from
the lawyers whom I have mentored. Some
of the deepest learning from them has
come after they have taken the bench!
SB: I’ve always been grateful to you for
your blunt advice and for our friendship.
After your 60 years in the profession, it’s
Our profession gets a
bum rap. Every day I look
forward to coming into
the office, learning
how clients have created
problems in their lives,
helping them find solutions.
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