Beginning a legal career can be both exciting and overwhelming, but the AABA can help you make a strong start. We offer a variety of professional development and networking programs designed to help new lawyers gain both the knowledge and connections they need to move forward in their careers.
In addition to our continuing legal education programs, committees and social events, the AABA offers the following programs especially for new lawyers:
New Lawyers Committee Events
The New Lawyers’ Committee focuses on planning programs to address the needs of new lawyers and to help them build a network of support. Annual new lawyers' events include happy hours, a Navy football game and tailgate party, and a community service project. To join the New Lawyers Committee, login to your Member Profile and update your committee selections.
If you have questions about the committee, contact New Lawyers Committee Co-Chair Jess Praley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Co-Chair Jimmy Praley at email@example.com.
AABA Mentor Program
Although today's new lawyers are well versed on the theoretical approach to the law, few have mastered the practical approach to assisting clients. The AABA Mentor Program is designed to assist new lawyers (practicing for fewer than five years) with both the practical and ethical issues facing today's practitioners.
Once you request a mentor, you will be paired with an experienced attorney who has at least five years of practice in Maryland and is willing to provide you with brief consultations at no cost. Your mentor will share his or her expertise to help you get up to speed on the day-to-day aspects of legal practice in our county. Learn more about the Mentor Program.