Why Mentoring Matters: WilmerHale’s Kirk J. Nahra

Why Mentoring Matters: WilmerHale’s Kirk J. Nahra

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Partner Kirk Nahra was featured in the sixth installment of Bloomberg Law’s series, “Why Mentorship Matters.” The series highlights lawyers for whom mentorship has played a positive role in their careers. Nahra, who is involved with eight different mentoring groups, discusses his experience as a mentor and lends valuable advice to mentees.

Excerpt: I wonder if I should have started mentoring earlier in my career. When I got active in formal mentoring programs, I was already a quite senior (meaning old) partner and (not irrelevantly) my kids were in high school or college and lots of the hard parenting stuff had been concluded. But I had been through those parenting years and was watching them go through college and professional choices and learning to be adults.

Mentoring isn’t the same, but there are some similarities, and it also can be both rewarding and challenging.

I got involved in formal mentoring programs roughly at the time I started part-time teaching. Today, I’m involved in about eight different mentoring groups, where my mentees range from first-generation college students as part of the Georgetown Scholars Program to a variety of law students, new lawyers, and non-lawyer professionals in privacy and security.

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