“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

-Steven Spielberg

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”

-Oprah Winfrey

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”

-Bob Proctor


The NYSBA Business Law Section through its Diversity Committee launched this Mentoring Program in 2020 to develop young talent in the section and encourage networking. The program’s goal is to provide mentees with the opportunity to gain insight into the business law profession from experienced attorneys.  Mentors will offer mentees real-world advice and guidance on various topics and ensure that newly-admitted attorneys receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential.

NYSBA Business Law Section Program Requirements

Program Requirements (General):

  • Mentor/mentee pairs (“Pairs”) will attend at least two Business Law Sections events (e.g. CLE Program, Reception or Annual Meeting).
  • The Pairs will connect with each other either in person or virtually for an agreed upon time and cadence. Recommendation: between a half hour to an hour each quarter.  Mentees should prepare an agenda of topics to be discussed and send in advance of each meeting.
  • The pairs will be expected provide feedback on their mentor/mentee experiences in June 2023.

Mentee Requirements

  • Member of NYSBA and NYSBA Business Law Section
  • Law Student or Young Lawyer (less than five year of practice)

Mentor Requirements

  • Member of NYSBA and NYSBA Business Law Section
  • Practicing lawyer for 5 years

The online forms below will assist the Diversity Committee in creating mentor/mentee pairs. The information provided will be held in confidence so please be as honest in your responses as possible. The Committee will exercise its best efforts to pair you with someone that is aligned with your highest ranked preferences.  Our projected timeframe for making matches will be end of March.   


If you have any questions please contact:

Tara Covert
[email protected]