Program Toolkit

program toolkitThis toolkit contains information and program materials for the sponsoring organizations, mentors, and mentees. The documents and presentation in the toolkit may be downloaded, adapted, and reproduced for non-commercial purposes.

In-Person Meetings Exception (Virtual Meetings Allowed)

As an organization dedicated to promoting professional responsibility in the legal and judicial communities, the well-being of those we serve is our highest priority. We want to make it easy for those participating in our mentoring program to connect during this time when social distancing is being urged.

Therefore, due to concerns about COVID-19, and in accordance with guidance from the Illinois Supreme Court, those participating in our lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program may hold any or all of their required minimum eight in-person meetings over the one-year term through video conference. This exception will be valid through December 31, 2020.

If you have questions, please reach out to Mark Palmer at


Program Guide: Assists organizations in implementing mentoring programs that meet the requirements and our guidelines. Includes action item checklists, forms, and tips for organizations to successfully develop and manage their mentoring programs.

Mentoring Plan: Provides structure for the mentoring pair to customize and chart the progress of their learning experience. Action items, grouped by the five areas of the Illinois professional responsibility requirement, provide new lawyers and their mentors a rich selection of discussion topics, skills, and shared professional experiences for the year-long term.

Mentoring Plan Supplement: Provides attorneys information, discussion questions and references for each action item in the Mentoring Plan. These resources will facilitate learning and further enhance the mentoring experience.

Mentoring FAQs: Provides further direction to program administrators and participants with answers to some of the commonly asked questions about the Mentoring Program.

Online Forms

Mentoring Agreement: At the start of the mentoring term, every mentee and mentor submit this Mentoring Agreement which defines the parameters of the mentoring relationship.

Mentoring Attestation and CLE Certification: In order to receive professional responsibility CLE credit for their participation in the mentoring program, attorneys submit this form when they complete a pre-approved mentoring program. Attorneys earn six hours of professional responsibility CLE credit provided the completion occurs during the first five years of the mentee’s practice in Illinois.


Online Program Orientation: This orientation provides Sponsoring Organizations and individual mentoring pairs with an overview of the year-long program and CLE requirements. It may be used in group orientations or on an individual basis. The completion of the orientation and Mentoring Agreement starts the mentoring program term.

Other Resources

mentoringBelow are links to lawyer mentoring resources from various organizations and documents that offer foundation information for developing lawyer mentoring programs.

American Bar Association Mentoring Programs State List
ABA Young Lawyers Division Mentorship Project
Ida Abbott on Mentoring
Illinois Case Study on Mentoring Program
Mentoring Across Differences: A Guide to Cross-Gender and Cross-Race Mentoring
Working with a Mentor: 50 Practical Suggestions for Success


If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Mark C. Palmer, Chief Counsel or Stephanie Villinski, Deputy Director.

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