The NLTP, Backman says, is anopportunity for coaching, quality discussion and reflection.
While many of Utah's law firms had mentoring programs in place before the NLTP, these programs sometimes were ineffective, says Rod Snow of Clyde Snow & Sessions, who co-chaired the Utah State Bar's NLTP committee.
Snow thinks the NLTP will work better than the previous in-house mentoring because now new lawyers and mentors must certify that they've followed a written plan and must report their progress to the bar and the court.
While the NLTP states that a mentor from within the new lawyer's office is preferred, it suggests the mentor be someone other than the new lawyer's supervisor.
George Poulton, a new attorney specializing in securities at Poulton & Yordan, found that his practice wasn't covered in the NLTP manual and his mentor's expertise is applicable only to certain sections.
However, the NLTP is rigid; so many of the prescribed activities will likely never benefit me much.
However, the in house mentoring doesn't fulfill NLTP requirements.