CAMWL New Mentorship Program

Salaam everyone,

CAMWL is pleased to announce the introduction of its mentorship program with a targeted launch in May 2017. Our peers and colleagues are among our best resources for navigating the legal profession. So the goal of this program is to match students and junior lawyers in CAMWL with a more experienced female Muslim legal practitioner, for a 1-year mentorship relationship. It is our hope that this will help students and new lawyers to build their network and obtain guidance with their career, community involvement, and other topics.

Please read below to find out more about who is eligible to be a mentor or a mentee, and their expected roles. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please send a brief email to  camwlmentorship@gmail.com and specify whether you wish to be a mentor or mentee. We will then follow up in the near future with a mentor or mentee application for you to fill out. Note that only junior lawyers (5 years of call or under) can apply to be both mentors and mentees.

Please note that we cannot guarantee that every mentor or mentee will get a match, or that they will get a perfect match in terms of similar interests or backgrounds. This is because our ability to match mentors to mentees depends entirely on who and how many people apply to be mentors or mentees. To that end, we strongly encourage you to apply and we will do our very best to ensure that everyone gets a match!

Who can be a mentor?

  • Senior lawyers (6 years of call or above) can mentor junior lawyers and law/articling students
  • Junior lawyers (5 years of call or under) can mentor law/articling students or, in some cases, other junior lawyers

What are mentor’s responsibilities?

  • Meet with, or speak on the phone with your mentee 3-4 times a year over the course of the 1 year
  • Mentors are wise and trusted counsels for their mentees (the people receiving advice and support).  A mentor’s knowledge, experience, encouragement and skills offer great opportunity for the growth and leadership of the mentee.

You are expected to honour your mentee by:
A. Responding to your mentee within 48 hours after they reached out to you in the initial contact and discuss how your sessions will proceed within the 1 year program
B. Work with your mentee by providing guidance and feedback that is relevant to the stated concerns of the mentee.
C. Share your own thought process with a mentee
D. Create a positive mentorship relationship and climate for open communication. This means, avoid treating the mentee as incompetent or incapable.
E. Over the 1 Year long-term, a positive relationship will be created through a genuine interest in the mentee and their new role.
F. sharing thoughtful and constructive feedback with your mentee with positive intent
Provide mentorship on various topics, such as career advice, practising as a Muslim woman, community involvement, and/or where to find the most delicious food.
Length of mentorship relationship: 1 year. You are free to continue your mentorship relationship after 1 year has expired, but are not required to do so.

Number of mentees: mentors must mentor at least one mentee, but can take on more mentees if desired – let us know!

Mentors can apply to be matched with a new mentee(s) after one year has expired.

Bonus:  Time spent mentoring can count toward fulfilling your LSUC CPD hours! Contact LSUC for more information.

Who can be a mentee?

  • Junior lawyers (5 years of call or under) can be mentees for more senior lawyers
    Law and articling students.

What are a mentee’s responsibilities?
Meet with, or speak on the phone with your mentor over the course of the one year.

You are expected to honour your mentor by:
A. reaching out to your mentor within 48 hours to set up the first call after the initial introduction E-mail is sent by us CAMWL Steering Committee
B. responding to all E-mails and communications in a timely manner
C. giving 24 hours notice (minimum) to your mentor if you cannot attend a scheduled mentorship session
D. holding positive intent in all communications with your mentor.
E. keeping an open mind in your mentor’s mentorship style, process, and techniques
F. sharing thoughtful feedback with your mentor with positive intent

Length of mentorship relationship: 1 year. You are free to continue your mentorship relationship after 1 year has expired, but your mentor-match is not required to do so.

Mentees are limited to one mentor per year. After one year has expired, mentees can apply to be matched with a new mentor.

Thank you so much for your participation, and we look forward to launching this program!

Nabila, Sharifa and Talia will be managing the mentorship program on behalf of CAMWL. To join, please send an email request to: camwlmentorship@gmail.com