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Birmingham Bar Association - Bulletin Fall 2017

BBA MENTORING PROGRAM Pooja Chawla BBA New Lawyer Mentoring Program One of many Birmingham Bar programs focused to help our local attorneys, the New Lawyer Mentoring Program is a new venture now running successfully in its fourth year. Th e Honorable Eugene R. Verin, retired Jeff erson County Senior Circuit Judge, initiated the program in 2008 with a vision to assist new lawyers in transitioning to an experienced legal practitioner. Th is vision has been successfully carried out by the Birmingham Bar as it continues to pair qualifi ed new lawyers (mentees) with experienced lawyers (mentors), for a quality one-on-one mentoring experience. Th e program runs January through December each year and participation in program is voluntary and free. Brock Brett is a new lawyer who works for Jeff erson County Public Defender’s Offi ce who has been paired with Virginia Miller of Sexton Miller, LLC, a Family Law attorney located in Birmingham, Jeff erson County, for the 2017 program. Below, Virginia shares her story as a mentor, titled “a gift worth receiving.” A Gift Worth Receiving “My interest in participating in the Birmingham Bar Association’s mentoring program was strongly driven by my own mentor and law partner, Steve Sexton. Steve has helped me tremendously over the years with all aspects of the practice of law from strategy to stress management. Most importantly, I have seen him help other lawyers in a variety of ways and situations. I decided early on after watching him that I wanted to be that kind of lawyer, and I believed one of the many ways that I could accomplish that mission was to become and mentor in the BBA’s mentoring program. Th is is my second-year volunteering to be a mentor as my mentee moved to another state during the 2015-2016 program year. Th e Birmingham Bar organizes an initial mentor-mentee meeting and training in early January. I was super excited about fi nally meeting my mentee and had prepared in my mind all of the wisdom and advice that I was going to impart on this young woman. Most of this wisdom to which I refer was probably statements Steve had made to me verbatim over the years. So, although my wisdom may have not been original, it was tried and true, and I was still proud and looking forward to passing it along to Brock. As luck would have it, Brock was unable to attend the scheduled meeting due 18 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association - Bulletin Fall 2017
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