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Mentoring at LAO

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Frequently asked questions


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1. How does a lawyer qualify to serve as a Legal Aid Ontario(LAO) mentor?
LAO mentors have more than 10 years experience and have demonstrated expertise in a specific area of law. Each mentor has been recommended by your district area director.
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1. How does a lawyer qualify to serve as a Legal Aid Ontario(LAO) mentor?

LAO mentors have more than 10 years experience and have demonstrated expertise in a specific area of law. Each mentor has been recommended by your district area director.


2. Is my LAO mentor compensated for any time spent mentoring?
No, your mentor is not compensated for time spent with you.
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2. Is my LAO mentor compensated for any time spent mentoring?

No, your mentor is not compensated for time spent with you. He or she has generously volunteered to contribute both time and expertise to the LAO mentoring program.


3. How often can I consult my mentor?
You and your mentor will establish the scope of the mentoring relationship and will each clarify your expectations.
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3. How often can I consult my mentor?

You and your mentor will establish the scope of the mentoring relationship and will each clarify your expectations. The relationship is flexible and tailored to balance the individual needs of the mentee with the time limitations of the mentor. Once the nature of the relationship has been defined, it is important that the mentee respect the terms of the agreement.


4. What if my mentor is not available when I require advice?
It is important to keep in mind that your mentor is a practitioner with all the demands of a legal practice.
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4. What if my mentor is not available when I require advice?

It is important to keep in mind that your mentor is a practitioner with all the demands of a legal practice. While there will be a sincere effort to provide advice to you according to the terms the two of you have agreed to, there may be occasions when your mentor is unavailable.


5. Will my mentoring relationship be for a set period of time, or might it be for the period of a specific case with which I need assistance?
Either model may be followed. This is completely up to you and your mentor to decide.
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5. Will my mentoring relationship be for a set period of time, or might it be for the period of a specific case with which I need assistance?

Either model may be followed. This is completely up to you and your mentor to decide.


6. When does the mentoring relationship conclude?
The duration of the mentoring relationship will be defined when you first contact your assigned mentor.
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6. When does the mentoring relationship conclude?.

The duration of the mentoring relationship will be defined when you first contact your assigned mentor. Should individual circumstances warrant the conclusion of the relationship, either the mentor or the mentee may terminate prior to the full term of the mentorship, at any time, on a mutual no-fault basis.


7. Why must I sign an acknowledgement of the agreement with my mentor?
LAWPRO has indicated that they rarely see claims arising out of mentoring relationships. However, LAWPRO provides that they will waive any deductible and claims levy surcharge on any claim made against a lawyer mentor where the following is acknowledged in writing:
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7. Why must I sign an acknowledgement of the agreement with my mentor?

LAWPRO has indicated that they rarely see claims arising out of mentoring relationships. However, LAWPRO provides that they will waive any deductible and claims levy surcharge on any claim made against a lawyer mentor where the following is acknowledged in writing:

  • the mentor has had no contact with the mentee's client that would create a solicitor/client relationship; and
  • the mentee understands that she/he will independently verify the soundness of suggestions or advice made by the mentor, and only rely on such independent verification.