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Please read the following important information about the structure of the Program, including FAQs about the Program at the bottom of the page.

The IAHA Mentoring Program was started in 2013. The program is designed to expand a member’s network within the IAHA and offer continued professional development for all members.


                          On Mentoring

The IAHA Mentoring Program provides experienced attorneys, attorneys who are newly admitted or are newcomers to the practice of health law, and law students an opportunity to engage and learn from one another. The Program would like to recognize members who have taken advantage of this mentoring opportunity and highlight the value of their experience that they have shared. This month we're pleased to highlight Megan Rooney of McDermott Will & Emery LLP (Mentor) and Jhenell Matthews of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (Mentee)!


1.What is one thing you've learned from your mentor/mentee that you would not have learned from another colleague?
Megan (Mentor)
The breadth of health law career opportunities available to new lawyers.


Jhenell (Mentee)
Megan helped me to understand many differences between working in the government sector, where I work, verses a large law firm.
2. How has theMentoringProgram impacted your professional goals?
Megan (Mentor)
The Mentoring Program has broadened my network, and one of my former mentees is now a colleague! As a mentor, it's a way to familiarize yourself with the very best talent in the market.
Jhenell (Mentee)
The Mentoring Program has greatly impacted my professional goals. As a health law attorney, there are many different career paths I can take. Megan asked me all the right questions to help me think about the big picture and take steps towards my overall goal.

3. What is something you have taken away from theProgram that has surprised you?
Megan (Mentor)
It's no surprise, but mentoring relationships are mutually beneficial--there is much to be learned by regularly meeting and discussing career goals with another person.



Jhenell (Mentee)
Something that surprised me was learning that law firms are actively trying to diversify the legal field.I see a diversity statement on most law firms' websites but I didn't know what, if anything, happened behind the scenes. Megan explained what her firm was doing to affect change and the level of seriousness they have towards diversity. I was happily surprised.


The IAHA Mentoring Program offers two participation tracks – a CLE Track and a Non-CLE Track.

CLE Track

The CLE Track was developed by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP). The program is sponsored by IAHA and is approved by the ILSCCP.

The CLE Track provides eligible participants an opportunity to earn 6 professional responsibility CLE credits. Newly-admitted attorneys may use this program to earn the 6 hours of professional responsibility credits that are required as part of Basic Skills. If the program is used to satisfy the Basic Skills Professional Responsibility requirement, it does not have to be completed at the time the newly-admitted attorney is required to report compliance.

There is no fee to obtain the CLE credit.

Eligible Participants and Requirements:  


  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois for not less than five years.
  • Registered as active and in good standing on IL ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys
  • Never suspended or disbarred from practice in any state or jurisdiction
  • No formal disciplinary complaint pending.


  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois no more than four years prior to beginning the program OR passed the Illinois bar exam and awaiting formal admission to practice law in Illinois
  • Practicing or intend to practice law in Illinois
  • Completes the program within the first five years of practice

Mentors and mentees in the CLE Track must complete specific requirements established by the ILSCCP. IAHA will provide mentors and mentees various resources, including ILSCCP-developed materials, to assist them in meeting the ILSCCP requirements:


  • Attend an Orientation Session to begin the mentoring year;
  • Sign a Mentoring Agreement defining parameters for the year;
  • Develop an individualized Mentoring Plan at the outset of the year that identifies actions in designated ILSCCP professional responsibility CLE categories that the mentor and mentee will complete throughout the year;
  • Meet at least eight (8) times in-person;*
  • Attest in writing at the end of the year that they have completed the actions identified in the Mentoring Plan and that they have met at least eight (8) times in-person (or three (3) times in-person and five (5) times via video if applicable, see the Distance Mentoring Exception below) by the end of the mentoring year;
  • Apply for CLE credit at the end of the mentoring year.

    *Available Distance Mentoring Exception
    In certain circumstances, if mentoring pairs do not live within a commutable distance or if they demonstrate a compelling need, at the discretion of the IAHA Mentoring Program Administrator, they may be permitted to meet via video-assisted communication. At least three (3) of the eight meetings must be held in-person and five (5) may be held via video communication, such as Skype, FaceTime or videoconferencing.

Non-CLE Track

The Non-CLE Track provides participants who are not eligible for the CLE Track or do not wish to commit to completing the CLE Track requirements an opportunity to participate in the Program. Non-CLE Track participants are asked to commit at minimum one (1) hour per month to the Mentor/Mentee relationship. 

If you have any questions related to the Mentoring Program, please contact the Mentoring Program co-chairs, Nicholas Brescia or Rick Hindmand.


Applications for the 2017-2018 Mentoring Program are currently closed.  Applications for the 2018-2019 Program will be accepted in early 2018. 




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