One-on-One mentoring can be arranged through the district offices. Some maintain a local roster of mentors who have been approved, in advance, by the director general. In districts where a pre‑approved list of mentors does not exist, the mentee may identify a mentor and submit the details to the director general for approval. If a mentee is having difficulty identifying a potential mentor, the district office may be able to assist. Mentors who provide one-on-one mentoring do so on a volunteer basis.
Scope of mentoring relationship
It is recommended that at the outset of the mentoring relationship the scope of a mentor’s support be clarified to ensure both parties’ expectations are aligned. The following checklist can assist in tailoring the mentorship to meet the expectations of both the mentor and the mentee.
- Determine mentee’s goals of mentorship The mentee will clarify at the outset his/her needs during the mentorship:
- To have access to a mentor’s advice during a specified period of time as matters arise to generally improve practice skills; and/or
- To have access to a mentor’s advice relating to a specific case with respect to strategy, preparation, presentation, trial tactics, and feedback at conclusion of the matter.
- Clarify terms of consultations The mentor is volunteering his/her time and may determine at the outset:
- The duration of the mentorship, i.e. a specific number of months, or the expected duration of a specific case
- The frequency of consultations
- The methods for consulting, e.g. telephone, email, in person.
- Clarify the mentee’s role & responsibilities The mentee is expected to:
- conduct his/her own research and to identify areas needing clarification. The mentor will assume that appropriate preparation has occurred prior to consultation – time is valuable;
- be receptive to honest feedback to ensure the maximum benefit of the mentorship;
- respect the time limitations of the mentor’s resources;
observe the confidential nature of the relationship all matters discussed during the course of the relationship shall be confidential unless both parties agree to disclosure.
- Clarify the role & responsibilities of the mentor The mentor is expected to:
- clearly identify the scope of the relationship in terms of its duration and frequency of contact, to avoid unrealistic expectations;
- provide open, honest feedback in a context of professionalism and mutual respect;
- observe the confidential nature of the relationship;
- exclude direct involvement in: any dispute resolution; personal and financial matters; career advancement.
- No-fault termination of mentorship Either party may choose to conclude the relationship prior to the full term of the mentorship; at the onset both parties may wish to discuss the need to provide notice as a courtesy.
Acknowledgement and waiver
Mentoring acknowledgement form
This is to acknowledge that mentor and mentee are entering into a formal mentoring relationship.
How to sign-up
To participate in the Legal Aid Ontario’s mentorship program, please contact your district office. More information about the district offices is available on our contact page.
- Peel York district office
Director general: Paula Beard
Phone: 1-905-595-3660 / 1-844-360-3660 (toll‑free)
- Toronto Central district office
Director general: Cynthia Harper
Phone: 1-416-598-0200 / 1-800-668-8258 (toll‑free)
- Toronto North district office
Director general: Tom Kelsey
Fax: 1-647-255-0157 / 1-844-573-1980 (toll‑free)
North, Central and Eastern Region
- Central district
Director general: Christine Lunn
Phone: 1-705-737-3400 / 1-888-590-3961 (toll‑free)
- Eastern district
Director general: George MacPherson
Phone: 1-613-238-7931 / 1-877-3174-0933 (toll‑free)
- Northeast district
Director general: Louise Huneault
Phone: 1-705-673-8182 / 1-866-366-4441 (toll‑free)
- Northwest district
Director general: Andreas Asmus
Phone: 1-807-737-3074 / 1-800-465-7552 (toll‑free)
- Hamilton-Kitchener district
Director general: Carmelo Runco
Phone: 1-905-528-0134 / 1-877-449-4003 (toll‑free)
- London district
Director general: Janet Froud
Phone: 1-519-433-8179 / 1-877-449-4001 (toll‑free)
- Windsor district
Director general: Kaitlyn McCabe
Phone: 1-519-255-7822 / 1-877-449-4002 (toll‑free)
Fax: 1-519-255-1795 / 1-877-288-2372