Paul L. Caron
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nominations Sought: Best Law Mentors, Best New Lawyers

HUPFollowing up on his book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013), Michael Hunter Schwartz (Dean, McGeorge) is seeking nominations for his two forthcoming books:

What the Best Law Mentors Do (Harvard University Press Forthcoming 2019):

We are looking for the best law mentors in America. Our goal is to find the mentors who transform junior lawyers’ careers and even lives, study those mentors in depth, understand why they are so effective, and, in so doing, synthesize a set of behaviors, attitudes, and habits of mind for the benefit of all the rest of us who aspire to be transformative mentors. We hope to produce a work that is a manual for mentors, a source of inspiration, and a tool that new and newer lawyers might use to find good mentors.

Our methodology will be qualitative: we will solicit nominations, gather evidence of nominees' excellence, pare the list to the most extraordinary legal mentors, and then study the mentors where they work, interviewing both the mentors and focus groups of current and former mentees. We also hope to observe mentoring interactions. The interviews and our notes will generate thousands of pages of data. We will sift that data, identify what the best mentors have in common and areas of important difference, and organize the book by the common themes. We plan to finish our research over the next three years and complete What the Best Law Mentors Do by January 2019.

What The Best New Lawyers Do (Harvard University Press Forthcoming 2019):

We are looking for the best new lawyers in America. Our goal is to find the most successful new lawyers in the country, study those new lawyers in depth, understand why they are so effective, and, in so doing, synthesize a set of behaviors, attitudes, and habits of mind for the benefit of the profession.

​We hope to produce a work that is a manual and a source of inspiration for new lawyers, a tool that legal employers could use to communicate expectations and train new lawyers, and, perhaps, a book law professors can use to imagine new ways to improve legal education.

Our methodology will be qualitative: we will solicit nominations, gather evidence of nominees’ excellence, pare the list to the most extraordinary new lawyers, and then study the lawyers where they work, interviewing both the new lawyers and focus groups of current and former colleagues. The interviews and our notes will generate thousands of pages of data. We will sift that data, identify what the best new lawyers have in common and areas of important difference, and organize the book by the common themes.

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