The Wendi A. Rogers Mentor/Protégé Program is committed to promoting professionalism and career development, as well as instilling ethical behavior in paralegals that are new to the profession. We are here to contribute to the success of, as well as set the standards for, new paralegals and paralegal students. DAPA believes it is crucial for tenured paralegals to share their knowledge with upcoming paralegals to help foster growth and maintain and/or raise the standards of the profession. By pairing new paralegals with "seasoned" or senior paralegals, DAPA's Mentor/Protégé Program offers numerous benefits:
Encourages students to become more engaged in the paralegal profession, as well as DAPA.
Protégé's receive support from their Mentors to help contribute to their success in the profession.
Mentors act as a trusted counselors and provide guidance to newer paralegals.
Provides Protégé's with additional opportunities to network with other legal professionals and develop new relationships.
Mentors are able to enhance the Protégé's skill set.
What are the requirements for a Protégé?
A DAPA Protégé must be a member in good standing of and must have three (3) years or less substantive paralegal experience.
What are the requirements for a Mentor?
A DAPA Mentor must be a member in good standing; have at least five (5) years substantive paralegal experience; be willing to assist a new paralegal by answering questions relating to his/her area(s) of the law, or other general paralegal-related questions, including involvement in local, state and national paralegal associations; and agree to be accessible to his/her Protégé on an as-needed basis throughout the year. At a minimum, Mentors should meet and/or communicate with their Protégé's on a monthly basis.
If you are interested in serving as a Mentor, or would like to have a Mentor assigned to you, please complete the appropriate Mentor application or Protege application by clicking the links below.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Program's chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.