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Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association hosts first meeting of mentorship committee

October 24, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association is trying to match young and inexperienced attorneys with mentors from the legal community as part of a new program. Pictured are BWBA Mentorship Committee co-chairs Natoya McGhie (left) and Madeline Kirton (right) with President Carrie Anne Cavallo. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association held the first meeting of its new Mentorship Committee, which is aiming to help young lawyers by providing them with mentors who are well established in the legal community including both lawyers and judges.

“We had a great turnout for our first meeting,” said Nayota McGhie, the committee co-chair. “We are grateful that people are interested in the BWBA Mentorship Program. We had the opportunity to meet new members of the BWBA, and those interested in becoming more involved with our organization. We discussed the program, how to apply and had to opportunity to network.”

The meeting, which took place at the Brooklyn Bar Association in Brooklyn Heights last Wednesday, was attended by about 20 members and prospective members. The idea is to connect the younger and more experienced attorneys with women who are already well established in their careers.

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McGhie, who co-chairs the committee with Madeline Kirton, explained to the Brooklyn Eagle that she got lucky early in her career because she worked for Hon. Nancy Bannon, who served as her mentor. Otherwise, she would not have known how to connect to a mentor, and she wants to help others who might not have been as lucky.

“The aim of committee is to match law students or young attorneys with mentors,” McGhie said. “BWBA Mentorship Program will provide an invaluable opportunity to build and foster professional relationships. We hope to match mentors and mentees by the end of November.”

The committee meeting took place approximately one month after the BWBA held a speed networking event that helped introduced its members to some of Brooklyn’s judges. They also got instruction on how to more effectively network.

The committee plans on hosting monthly programs in conjunction with the BWBA Young Lawyers Committee to give mentees an opportunity to expand their professional networks. Information about upcoming events is available at the association’s website.

 

Attorneys looking for mentors should apply to the program by emailing [email protected]

 


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