The SA Branch officially launched the 2021 AALA Mentoring Program on 29 April 2021. As a newly established branch, this was also the launch for the SA Branch's first mentoring program.
The level of participation was fantastic. Almost 30 mentees and almost 20 mentors participated in the program. The breadth of experience and diversity of practice areas amongst the mentors and mentees has been fantastic - from final year law students to QCs with almost 40 years' experience.
The launch event was a great opportunity for mentees to meet their mentors over some drinks and grazing platters in the relaxed ambience of The Sparkke at Whitmore.
Former SA District Court Judge, His Honour Steven Millsteed QC was a guest speaker to officially launch the SA mentoring program (and is also a mentor!). He spoke about the importance of mentoring in the legal profession, noting how it has traditionally been each practitioner's duty to his or her fellow colleague, and hopes that this continues.
We hope with the SA Branch's launch of the 2021 AALA mentoring program, that this important tradition of mentorship within the legal profession continues.