New Mentorship Program for Health Lawyers

Charity Scott and three graduates of the College of Law have joined a mentorship program for lawyers new to the field of health law.  This program was launched recently by the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

“This new mentorship program is a wonderful opportunity to foster meaningful, one-on-one relationships among experienced health lawyers and lawyers who are starting out in the field,” said Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law.  Scott is a member of the program’s advisory board.

Mentors and mentees signed a partnership agreement at the outset of the mentorship year, agreeing to meet monthly to develop their relationship and to participate in Health Law Section activities.  Mentees also committed to engaging in a pro bono service project.

“One of the goals of the program is to welcome new health care attorneys to our section and assist them in developing professional networks and navigating their careers in health law,” said Sean Sullivan (JD ‘07), a senior associate in the health care group at Alston & Bird and a member of the advisory board.  “It also creates a pathway for senior health care attorneys to share their valuable perspectives and advice concerning a career in health law.”

Charlotte Combre (JD ‘97), a partner at BakerHostetler and experienced health lawyer, is a mentor with the program.  “We can provide a resource for new health care attorneys seeking advice on managing stress and balancing personal commitments and careers in health law,” said Combre.  “A mentor serves as a coach offering guidance and encouragement and as a supportive listener and professional confidant.”

At the kick-off orientation meeting for all participants in the program, Barbara Rogers (JD ‘15), an associate in the health care practice at Arnall Golden Gregory and a member of the advisory board, led a group discussion among the mentees about their roles and responsibilities in the program.  “The success of a mentorship relationship depends on both participants actively committing to it,” said Rogers. “Mentees should take the initiative, know what they want, and ask for what they need.”  She also advised: “Be prepared, personable and open to feedback.”

Scott shared perspectives at the orientation meeting on how the mentorship program can support attorney wellness and the promotion of professionalism and ethics.  “Studies show that lawyers are happiest when they are engaged in challenging and meaningful work with people that they like,” said Scott.  “The program offers a confidential and supportive environment in which health lawyers can thrive.”