Choosing and Learning From Mentors

Much is said and written now about the importance of mentors, but when I started as a lawyer in 1981 (an “articled clerk”, as we were called) the term had hardly been heard in the corridors of even the biggest law firms.  That did not stop us from developing working relationships with senior lawyers that had many of the characteristics of the mentor/mentee relationships we are all supposed to seek now. I was fortunate to learn in the early stages of my career from three very different mentors, with three very different characters.  I won’t give them their real...

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