Alameda County
Bar Association

Applications Now Accepted for Guiding Hands Writing Mentors 
Have you ever felt that your writing could use some polish? Or that you might not be analyzing legal problems as thoroughly as you could? Would you like to improve your presentation in writing, and increase your chances at rising through the profession?
Participants selected will be matched with an experienced attorney who will work with them on improving legal writing and analysis skills.
  • The program starts in June with a kick-off networking reception. Meet your mentor here for the first time!
  • Over the next 4 months, you and your mentor will meet every 2 weeks or so, with breaks for vacation as needed.  Most meetings will be in person, though some may be by phone.
  • You will bring a written product to the first meeting – something you have already written – and go over it with the mentor, who will make editing suggestions.
  • In between meetings you will implement the mentor’s suggestions, and bring the newly edited piece, or a new piece, to the next meeting.
  • The program will wrap up in early October with a session on job searches and paths to job success, followed by a networking session.
You will:
  • Be matched with an experienced attorney
  • Receive concrete feedback on one or more written products that you have already written
  • Increase your writing and analysis skills
  • Have at least one strong writing sample
  • Learn to edit yourself
  • Make connections with many accomplished attorneys, and get guidance from them on job searches and professional development
This program is for:
  • Attorneys 1 – 5 years out of law school, who have had law jobs
  • Those interested in taking their skills to the next level
  • Those interested in opening up opportunities to work in-house or at larger law firms
  • We particularly encourage attorneys from diverse backgrounds and/or underrepresented groups to apply
  • To apply you must be a member of the ACBA, CMCP, and one or more of the EBDBC bar associations. Discounts available.
Please send completed applications to Guiding Hands Writing Mentors, c/o Tiela Chalmers at, or 1000 Broadway, Suite 480, Oakland, CA 94607.
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