Alumni Association Launches Alumni/Student Mentoring Program
The Alumni Association will begin a new mentoring program this month. The program will match alumni with current 2L, 3L, and 4L students, and is designed to guide students as they begin to transition into the profession. Mentors will assist mentees in developing their professional networks and career plans.
“Our alumni give back in so many ways,” said Alumni Association President, Robert Scavone Jr. ’12. “I thank those alumni who signed up to be mentors. It shows how much they care about FIU Law and its students. I also applaud the Board for getting this program off the ground, and thank Olivia Rodriguez ’10, our Vice President, and Jared Stitz ’10 for taking the lead on this initiative. They deserve most of the credit for making this happen.”
“The alumni association is dedicated to serving as a liaison between students and the local legal community,” said Rodriguez. “The program will provide students with the opportunity to develop meaningful professional relationships with established members of the legal community who share the common bond of FIU Law.” Stitz added: “My mentor has guided me with career choices, technical development, and personal endeavors. I helped develop the mentor program so our law students would gain receive the same sort of professional and personal development. The program will continue to elevate FIU Law graduates in the legal community.”
More than 40 alumni enrolled as mentors. Christopher C. Kokoruda ’10 credited part of his success as a lawyer with the fact that he had a mentor while in law school. “As an alumnus of FIU Law and practicing attorney, I am grateful to the mentors who have given endlessly of themselves to share their knowledge and experience with me. I hope to be able to ignite that spark in others.”
Dozens of students requested mentors through the program. Second-year student, Audrey Salbo, is looking forward to meeting her mentor. “I requested a mentor because there is nothing like having a personal relationship with an attorney who can provide insight into the practice of law and help you expand your network. A mentor/mentee relationship provides law students with something they cannot get from reading a casebook: a confidant. It is an invaluable resource for up-and-coming lawyers.”
Daniel Blackman, also a 2L, echoed Salbo’s sentiments and is eager to make sure he has someone to confide in while transitioning to practice. “I regret not having a mentor in my 1L year. The next big step in my life will be to enter the legal profession. I want to have someone to help guide me as I take that step.”
The Alumni Association plans to keep this program in place next year and will have a call for mentors next summer.