2024 Virtual Conference

National Legal Mentoring Consortium

The Future of Legal Mentoring:  Navigating Apprenticeships, Technology, and A.I. While Maintaining Civility

Thursday October 24, 2024 

  • Noon to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time


  • Virtual Conference Registration: $99
  • New and Existing Members: 1-Year Membership (normally $150) plus Conference: $200
  • NLMC Member: Early Registration* Discount Price: $50
  • Non-Member: Early Registration* Discount Price: $75
  • *Early registration: July and August

Condensed Agenda

Welcome and Introductions

Mentoring/Apprenticeships as an Alternative to the Bar Exam: The Oregon Model.

How the Oregon Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination, as an Improved Measure of Lawyer Competency and Alternative to a Bar Exam, May Impact State Bars, Law Schools, and Law Firms.

  • Cathy Petrecca, Member Services Manager, Oregon State Bar
  • Troy Wood, Regulatory Counsel, Admissions Manager, Oregon State Bar

“Apprenticeships” in the U.S. (the Portfolio experience) and Canada (articling).

  • Jordan Furlong, Consultant to legal organizations in Canada and the United States; forecaster and analyst of trends and developments in the global legal market; author, speaker, commentator, expert in the field of legal services evolution

Technology for Episodic, Virtual, and Matched-Pair Mentoring in Bar Associations and Law Schools.

  • Len Polsky, Manager, Legal Technology and Mentorship, Law Society of Alberta, CN; Advisory Council Member, NLMC
  • J. Ryann Peyton, Executive Director, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP); Board Member, NLMC
  • Brian Pappas, Dean, University of North Dakota School of Law; Board Member, NLMC

What Does AI Mean for Legal Mentoring?

  • Maura Grossman, J.D, Ph.D., M.A., A.B., Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, CN; Maura Grossman Law, Buffalo, NY
  • Ben Grimes, BKG Leadership Coaching; Advisory Council Member, NLMC

Professional Identity and Civility, From Law School to Practice.

  • David Grenardo, Professor & Associate Director, Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, University of St. Thomas Law School, MN
  • Jayne Reardon, Attorney at Fisher & Broyles, Advisory Council Member NLMC

Technology Breakout Rooms – Vendors demonstrating legal mentoring technology