VLS Mentor/Mentee Progam


For Attorneys Who Want to Be Mentors

We are all aware that the economy has taken a toll on the legal profession. Today, many graduates of law school are either:

(a) Not employed as lawyers
(b) Forced to start their own practices as solo practitioners, or
(c) Working in small “firms” with other inexperienced lawyers and without the training necessary to become quality professionals.

However, the need for affordable legal services for the low income residents of Austin continues to grow. Volunteer Legal Services must recruit more attorneys to meet this growing need.

As a seasoned attorney, you can help us solve these problems by agreeing to mentor new lawyers who volunteer for pro bono cases through Volunteer Legal Services.

With your guidance on these simple yet valuable litigation matters, new lawyers can gain the experience they need to become professional and marketable lawyers. Mentoring impacts the profession both ethically and educationally, and the clients and our community will benefit from your years of experience.

Please sign up to be a mentor by filling out our Mentor Sign Up Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna K. Meyers, VLS Associate Director, akmeyers@vlsoct.org or 512-640-7745.

For Attorneys Who Want a Mentor:

· Do you want to give back to our wonderful community?
· Are you licensed less than 4 years? or
· Do you want to expand your practice to other areas?
· Are you a solo practitioner?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we have an exciting new program for you. Agree to accept at least 2 pro bono cases from Volunteer Legal Services in a 12-month period and you will be assigned a seasoned attorney to be your mentor.

Here are some of the many benefits this program will afford you:

· Valuable legal experience under the guidance of a seasoned attorney;
· The assurance that quality legal services are delivered to those in need;
· The chance to develop a professional relationship with an experienced attorney that may become a career-long friendship;
· Volunteer experience, which may help you build your practice.

Please sign up to take a VLS case and request a mentor by filling out our Mentee Card.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna K. Meyers, VLS Associate Director, akmeyers@vlsoct.org or 512-640-7745.