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The Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program is being conducted in partnership with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Experienced attorneys who have been practicing for 6 or more years, are matched with new attorneys for a year-long mentoring program. Participating mentors and mentees receive 6 hours of Illinois professional responsibility MCLE credit at the end of the program. 


There is one initial orientation and 8 subsequent in-person meetings between the mentoring pair.   This is required to complete the program and receive MCLE credit.


This wonderful opportunity allows established lawyers to mentor new lawyers and help them develop practical skills, judgment and networking skills as a foundation to practice law and become successful. It also helps instill ethical and professional values that will remain with them for their careers.


Complete details about mentor and mentee responsibilities are in the


Registration for the lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program will open on January 1, 2017.  A mandatory orientation for mentors and mentees takes place at the NWSBA on March 1, 2017 at 12 noon. 


To apply to be a mentor or mentee, please click on and complete the applicable application.




To learn more about this program and see what others have to say about it please go to the following page:




We hope you will register to participate in one of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s mentoring programs. For more information regarding the Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program, please click below or contact the NWSBA Mentorship Chair and Administrator:  Michael Rothmann at 847-394-4900.



Mentee Qualifications

Mentor Qualifications

will complete program within first five years of practice

practiced law for five years or more

registered as active on the IL ARDC Master Roll

active and in good standing on the IL ARDC Master Roll

practicing or intending to practice law in IL

never suspended or disbarred in any jurisdiction




Upon completion of  the year-long mentoring program and mentoring plan, attorneys receive (6) six hours of professional responsibility CLE credits.  Both mentors and mentees must submit the online Attorney Application: Mentoring CLE to obtain credit.


The credit hours are granted for the year in which the mentoring term is completed.  Rule 793(c)Requirement for Newly-Admitted Attorneys states completion must be one year after admission to practice in Illinois; however, if the Newly-Admitted Attorney is involved in a mentoring program that will not complete until after the one-year deadline, the mentoring credits still may be used to satisfy this requirement.


There are two options for satisfying a portion of the 15-hour Requirement for Newly-Admitted Attorneys with credit for completion of the year-long mentoring program. These new attorneys may complete:

  • Mentoring program for 6 professional responsibility credits + 6-hour basic skills course + 3 hours of CLE credit = 15 hours
  • Mentoring program for 6 professional responsibility credits + 9 hours of CLE credit = 15 hours



 Registration Information is available at:


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