Mentoring is a powerful tool for developing and retaining top talent within your organization, but without a formal
program in place, the benefits of mentoring can be diminished for attorneys of color and other disadvantaged groups that
may find themselves outside of a firm's most influential informal networks.
To address this opportunity, the ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion embarked on a two-year project to create a
comprehensive guide for legal administrators to construct and improve mentoring programs. The ALA Guide to Cross-Functional
Mentoring provides a roadmap to create a mentoring culture within your firm that can accelerate professional learning and
development, as well as attract and retain capable, confident and committed attorneys and staff.
The Guide comes complete with tips for creating your business case, launching the first conversations and goal-setting
for your program. Along the way, job aids, checklists and meeting worksheets are included to provide support for your
efforts. We hope you find the Guide helpful. Please feel free to send comments and suggestions for future editions
to John Delavan, ALA Headquarters staff liaison to the Committee on
Diversity and Inclusion.