Mentorship for Early Bar
The Bar of Today and the Future
With the amount of electronic data that traverse the digital eco-system, no 21st century trial lawyer is likely to succeed without knowledge of digital evidence and eDiscovery issues and their applicable methodology. A competent litigator must understand such electronic concepts of evidence in the digital domain and electronic discovery processes pertaining to document requests, production and analysis. He must also competently discuss technology-assisted review or predictive coding and defend the methods that their eDiscovery providers use. Above all, every lawyer needs basic knowledge of how the Internet works; how computer systems, tools and storage functionality are preserved; how digital forensic investigations are conducted; understanding forensic expert evidence and a host of other electronic dynamics relevant to 21st century litigation.
Because of these challenges and the limited access to the traditional mentors and mentoring opportunities the profession once had, new lawyers need a new model for law practice training opportunities in mentoring.
It is against this background and as our corporate social responsibility that we take a decentralized approach to mentoring and work with institutions and bar associations to provide mentoring opportunities for young lawyers within the African region as seen in the map. Our mentoring programmes tend to have four key elements: improving performance, career development, counseling and knowledge sharing.
“Expert computer systems represent the future of legal practice. The attorney, who best understands the benefits and limitations of such systems, while remaining undaunted by nagging fears of computers, will have a significant advantage in completing a wide variety of professional tasks”. To be relevant in that order, lawyers should be knowledgeable across disciplines with the ability to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines.”