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courthouse against a blue skyMentoring in the Legal Profession: Historical Practice and Future Promise

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, noon
Pound 108, Harvard Law School

Cory Way

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession

Legal mentoring is one of the most important issues facing the legal profession today, with state bar associations, national lawyer organizations and law schools creating new mentoring programs even within the last couple of months. But few lawyers truly understand what legal mentoring is and how crucial it can be to professional success. This lecture will demystify legal mentoring by discussing its Anglo-American history, theoretical underpinnings and how new lawyers can maximize mentoring relationships. The lecture will also debut the results of a groundbreaking Harvard survey of hundreds of lawyers across the globe with respect to their experiences with—and views about—mentoring in the legal profession.

Cory Way holds a doctorate from Oxford and is a licensed attorney who has practiced litigation and corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, DC. He has maintained an active pro bono practice, most recently winning political asylum for a Rwanda genocide survivor whose entire family had been murdered; his work on this novel case earned a pro bono award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Cory holds degrees from Princeton, Harvard, Virginia and the University of Oxford, where he also served in dean positions at Merton and Corpus Christi Colleges. While in England he was also appointed as Course Director for a masters degree program at the University of Cambridge. Cory’s public service includes four years at the U.S. Department of Justice and one year as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His areas of academic specialty and interest include: (1) legal education, particularly with respect to apprenticeship and mentoring; (2) the private representation of public clients, such as regulatory authorities and law enforcement agencies; (3) the legal profession’s utilization of public relations principles and practices; and (4) Anglo-American media coverage of crime, law and the legal profession.

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