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Volume 83, December 2010

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Both Sides Benefit from The National List of Attorneys Mentor Program

The National List of Attorneys began its Mentor Program in June of 2008. It pairs an experienced attorney member of The National List with a lawyer who is developing a collection practice, a new member of The National List or even a member who is looking for guidance on how to grow his or her collection practice. "Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." said John C. Crosby, a former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, when the program first began.   Two attorneys experiencing opposite sides of the Mentor Program recently shared their perspectives with The National List:

The Mentor - Charlie Litow, Litow & Pech

Typically, a mentor provides expertise to less experienced individuals in order to help them advance their careers, enhance their education and build their networks. As a new collection attorney, my own experience was extremely positive. I had a mentor who was patient, knowledgeable and accessible. Even after I gained significant experience, my mentor was always available to act as a sounding board and more. Our friendship lasted till his untimely death.

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The Meaning of "Mentor"

By: Rose Heeb, The National List of Attorneys

Mentor - [men-tawr, -ter] - noun

1.  a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

The word "mentor" and its meaning comes from Greek lore. Mentor was an old friend of the hero Odysseus whose exploits are chronicled in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Wonderful reading, albeit long and dry, but to summarize: When Odysseus left for the Trojan War, Odysseus left his son, Telemechus, in Mentor's care. Mentor taught Telemechus as he would have taught his own son and a very strong, paternal like, bond formed between the two. There is, of course, more to the story, but for time's sake we'll move on. Because of the relationship Mentor and Telemechus shared, Mentor's name has come to mean "father-like" teacher in the English language. Lucius Dabney with Dabney & Dabney, a 200 year old law firm in Vicksburg, MS, shared that bit of knowledge with me during my first few months in the real world, assuring me that if I had any questions I could always give him a call.

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Heads-Up on Email Scams from Overseas
by Marti Lythgoe

Do you think you are too savvy to get caught in an email scam from overseas? Well, you might want to think again when you learn more about the level of sophistication of some of these scams and the number of your fellow attorneys who have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, even after doing their own due diligence. Following the "10 tips to protect yourself" that were published in our August 2010 issue, Beware of Internet Scams, is an essential start, but even doing that may not be enough caution to keep you from becoming a victim.

Scott Wilson, FBI special agent in Cleveland, wrote in a November 2007 news release that, "To date, the FBI has identified numerous victims throughout the United States and losses total in the millions of dollars." A June 2, 2010, crime alert advisory from Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Dallas, FBI, states, "The FBI continues to receive reports of counterfeit check [Email] schemes targeting U.S. law firms."

Accurate numbers of Lawyers who become the victims of scams are hard to come by. Reporting that you've been taken can be embarrassing.  

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