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Winthrop & Weinstine Lawyers to Mentor Law School Students

FEBRUARY 2, 2010—The Minneapolis law firm of Winthrop & Weinstine kicked off a new mentorship pilot program for minority University of Minnesota Law School students with a reception at its offices Jan. 20, 2010.

The new program paired 17 of the firm's experienced attorneys with 17 Law School students. The attorneys volunteered to act as mentors for the students, who wrote a personal ethics mission and identified specific lawyering experiences they would like to participate in or observe.

Mentors and students met at the reception and discussed plans for personal and professional development. In future meetings, mentors will acquaint students with everyday aspects of the practice of law and introduce them to ethical and professionalism issues confronted in practice.

The Winthrop & Weinstine Diversity Mentorship program was organized in partnership with the Law School and its Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC), through the efforts of CPDC Director Alan Haynes, CPDC Career Advisor Victor Massaglia, and Winthrop & Weinstine shareholder Clayton W. Chan ('00), who is chair of the pilot program.

"We created this mentorship opportunity to offer a highly structured program that would take into consideration the strengths and interests of both the students and the attorneys," says Haynes. "This pilot program fits very well with some of the curriculum reform efforts emphasizing student appreciation of law, ethics, and professionalism."

Winthrop & Weinstine is an innovative, responsive firm of 89 Minneapolis attorneys who focus on understanding clients' businesses and meeting their diverse needs. Clients range from individuals and emerging-growth businesses to Fortune 500 companies across the Twin Cities and the nation.

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Clayton W. Chan (left), Alan Haynes (center) and Vic Massaglia (right)