Books and Booklets

A Civility-Based Model For New Lawyers: Understanding Your Moral Compass, Interpersonal Skills, and Ethical Inventory before Practicing Law
By James Fierberg (ABA 2020)

This book is a must read for new law graduates before they start to take on the issues of their clients. It stresses the critical behavioral qualities that will help or hinder their ability to credibly undertake the client’s issues, separate and apart from all of the psychological baggage that they have accumulated over the years. Hiring partners of firms will also find this book useful in helping their new hires to get off on the right foot as they undertake whatever form of mentoring provided. Finally, with the mastery of these interpersonal skills and an understanding of the issues discussed in this book, a rewarding career and personal contribution to a viable road for enhanced civility must follow.

60-Minute Mentoring for Lawyers and Law Students
By Amy Timmer and Matt Cristiano (Attorney at Work 2018)

A perfect resource for both the mentee and mentor, this how-to booklet (112 pages) explains how 60-minute (episodic) mentoring works — and how it benefits law students, young lawyers, bar associations, and the legal profession. This updated edition offers specific instruction to bar associations on using episodic mentoring to increase membership, inculcate new members, and offer professional development to current members. It includes the benefits of partnering with a law school.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring, 2nd Edition
By Ida O. Abbott (NALP 2018)

The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring 2nd Edition is a timely update to a NALP bestseller, and a must-have resource for all PD professionals! … This newly-revised edition offers practical tools for establishing successful mentoring relationships in today’s dynamic legal workplace. Author Ida Abbott was one of the first to address lawyer mentoring in a systemic way and is still widely recognized as the leader in the field. For individual lawyers, mentoring relationships offer keys to professional success. For law firms, mentoring programs are an investment in the future. This book will provide both audiences with the information necessary to find success in all areas of mentoring, and during all stages of a lawyer’s career.

Working with a Mentor: 50 Practical Suggestions for Success 
By Ida O. Abbott (NALP 2018)

Effective mentoring is a two-way process, and this brochure geared to mentees offers tips for success in such areas as forming a mentoring mindset, preparing for the first meeting, setting goals, facilitating one’s own learning and development, showing consideration for a mentor, and concluding the mentoring relationship. Written by Ida Abbott, author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring, this is an ideal handout for new associates, summer associates, or law students. Sized to fit in a standard business envelope. This 16-page booklet can be used on its own or in tandem with the booklet for mentors entitled Being an Effective Mentor: 101 Practical Strategies for Success.


Being an Effective Mentor: 101 Practical Strategies for Success
By: Ida O. Abbott (NALP, 2018)

Effective mentoring is one of the most important contributions experienced lawyers can make to the future of their firm, and this 32-page booklet is an ideal quick-read resource for busy lawyers. Ida Abbott, author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring, offers a wide range of tips organized under subheadings — from tips for the first meeting to tips for setting the mentee’s goals, promoting effective communication, facilitating learning, integrating the mentee into the firm, building the mentee’s confidence, mentoring across differences, enriching the mentoring process, and concluding the mentoring relationship.

The Relevant Lawyer: Reimagining the Future of the Legal Profession
ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism (2015)
Editor: Paul A Haskins

A 20-chapter volume by leading authorities on change in the profession and the legal services marketplace, it offers expert guidance on rapid change in the legal services landscape and what legal organizations and individual lawyers must do to adapt and preserve our profession.

Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know 
By Ida O. Abbott (Attorney at Work, 2014)

If you (or a man you know) need help understanding how to sponsor high-performing women into leadership roles in your organization, Ida Abbott’s timely book shows the way.

The State of Mentoring in the Legal Profession
NALP Foundation (2013)

This report details the findings from a very comprehensive survey of mentoring efforts throughout the legal profession. The report includes information from law firms, law schools and bar organizations throughout the United States and Canada on such topics as formal and informal mentoring program structures, budgets and management. Also included in this one of a kind report are perspectives from practicing lawyers in both the public and private sectors and law students from across the United States. These lawyers and law students have provided valuable insight into the importance of mentoring, profiles of primary mentors and frequency and methods for communicating with mentors. The information gained from this study and included in this report is a “must have” for any organization establishing or managing a mentoring program. 200 pages. 2013. $195.00.

Lawyers’ Professional Development: The Legal Employer’s Comprehensive Guide, 2nd Edition (2012)
By Ida O. Abbott

The new second edition updates and builds on the original book. It contains a great deal of new material and expands topics that now warrant greater prominence, such as competency models, technology-based training, and client-law firm collaboration in professional development.

This book is written for legal employers, managers, professional development directors, training partners, and everyone interested or involved in lawyers’ learning and development. It is intended to be a complete reference for those who are starting, expanding, revising, or restructuring professional development activities. Whether you are new to the field or have extensive experience, this book will be an invaluable resource.

Mentoring Across Differences: A Guide to Cross-Gender and Cross-Race Mentoring (MCCA 2004)