The purpose of the mentoring program is to provide assistance to the new lawyer in the following respects:
1. The mentor should assist the new lawyer in developing an understanding of how law is practiced in a manner consistent with the duties, responsibilities and expectations that accompany membership in the legal profession.
2. The mentor should assist the new lawyer in developing specific professional skills and habits necessary to gain and maintain competency in the law throughout his or her career and should assist the new lawyer in developing a network of other persons from whom the new lawyer may seek personal or professional advice or counsel when appropriate or necessary throughout the lawyer's career.
3. The mentor should assist the new lawyer in identifying and developing specific professional skills and habits necessary to create and maintain professional relationships based upon mutual respect between the lawyer and client; the lawyer and other parties and their counsel; the lawyer and the court, including its staff; the lawyer and others working in his or her office, including both lawyers and staff; and the lawyer and the public.
4. The mentor should introduce the new lawyer to others in the lawyer’s local or regional legal community and encourage the new lawyer to become an active part of that community.