Mentoring and Malpractice

Starting in January of this year, the WSBA modified what mentoring IEPopportunities qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) credits. My understanding of the rules is that only mentoring through a structured mentoring program approved by the MCLE Board qualifies and mentoring activities cannot include discussions about real cases.

If my understanding is correct, it seems that the new rules cuts much of the emotion and practicality of a real case out of approved mentoring activities. This in turn removes a lot of the impact and meaningfulness from the mentoring relationship.

Real-world mentoring occurs whether the MCLE Board approves the credits or not because, as an experienced lawyer once told me, for lawyers to not ask questions of their peers is to essentially commit malpractice.