June 7, 2018
Courthouse Libraries BC to Launch Help a Junior Program Promoting Lawyer Mentorships and Advocacy Skills
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Courthouse Libraries BC hosted B.C.’s Attorney General and representatives of the justice community at its Vancouver Law Courts branch to announce the non-profit library’s new Help a Junior initiative to connect junior lawyers to mentorship opportunities.
“A legal community built on strong mentorship relationships is key to producing high-quality young lawyers and ensuring an efficient and effective justice system over the long term,” said Attorney General David Eby. “The Courthouse Library plays a key role in access to justice through the sharing of legal knowledge, hosting of learning opportunities, and offering spaces where individuals from the legal community can come together.”
Starting in mid-July, the Help a Junior initiative will pilot a curriculum of mini-lectures, facilitate one-to-one mentorship meetings to assist juniors with complex files, and host a social opportunity for judges, senior lawyers, and junior lawyers to mingle and share knowledge. There will be a focus on fostering trial advocacy, mediation skills, and client management skills, and an emphasis on family law and criminal law as areas of practice.
“Our data suggests junior lawyers crave mentorship opportunities, but over 40% of those in firms of 25 or fewer lawyers find it difficult or very difficult to find suitable mentors,” said Courthouse Libraries BC’s CEO, Kensi Gounden. “Furthermore, regulators and professional legal associations have mutually recognized the need for mentorship programs that help bridge the experience and advocacy skills gap as Baby Boomers retire.”
Courthouse Libraries BC is a non-profit society funded by the Law Foundation of BC and the Law Society of BC, with space provided by the BC Government in 29 courthouses throughout the province. Its mission is to help the legal community and public of BC to find and use legal information, and to raise the legal capacity of all participants in the justice system through collaboration and innovation.
For more information on this initiative, please contact:
Megan Vis Dunbar