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“Mind the Gap” Offers Opportunities for Underemployed and Unemployed Attorneys

Mentors needed for the program!


2013 BASF President Chris Kearny announced one of his initiatives at his installation on December 11 that will focus on attorneys in their first few years of practice, or those in transition.

The initiative, titled Mind the Gap, is a play on words for attorneys to not get lost in the gap between law school and practice, or big firm and solo practice.

The goal of the Mind the Gap Initiative is to provide recent law school graduates who are unemployed or underemployed with training, work experience, mentorship and debt reduction information. This initiative will consist of five key components.

These include, but are not limited to: Mind the Gap

  • Training: Practical/lawyering skills training, as well as information regarding starting a practice.
  • Experience: Hands on experience with Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) case work.
  • Mentoring: Mentoring from VLSP staff attorneys and other volunteers, including alumni networks.
  • Connections: Networking and connecting with firms for potential contract or other legal positions.
  • Debt Reduction: Debt reduction information and seminars.
    Check out the first debt reduction seminar on February 25.

Want to participate? Email mindthegap@sfbar.org.

Want to become a mentor? Email mindthegapmentor@sfbar.org.

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