Every lawyer can benefit from a mentor: someone who can teach lawyering skills, act as a sounding board, provide emotional support and/or model the way a great lawyer behaves.

We think of mentoring as something that happens to young lawyers, but attorneys can benefit from it at any stage of their careers, says Oakland consultant Ida Abbott. “I even know of people who are near retirement, looking to phase out, and they need mentors to help them with that,” says Abbott, a former Heller Ehrman litigator who is author of “The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring.”

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