The Joseph A. Melli (DCBA) Mentorship Program Goes Virtual For 2021

Since 2007, the Joseph A. Melli Mentorship Program enjoyed in-person annual orientations, quarterly luncheons, and monthly meetings between mentor and mentee. For the past twelve months, such personal interactions have not been possible.  Given that attorney mentorship is as important as ever, the Mentorship Program is going virtual (likely for the remainder of 2021) and we hope you join us!    

While Joe is no longer with us, his legacy carries on in each mentoring relationship and in each pledge to treat the practice of law as a higher calling.  Attorneys in their first five (5) years of practice are eligible to be mentees in the program (we are flexible on this qualification if you are beyond the 5-year mark and want to participate – let us know).   Historically, mentees have come from all types of legal practice backgrounds, including law firms of all sizes, government agencies, public interest, and in-house counsel. 

Mentors are attorneys with at least ten (10) years of experience practicing law and will be paired with mentees based on practice area or other areas of interest.  Some of the common practice areas have included:

  • Business law
  • Criminal law
  • Consumer law
  • Employment law
  • Estate and probate law
  • Family law
  • General practice
  • Government (public sector) law
  • Immigration
  • In-house counsel
  • Intellectual property law
  • Health Law
  • Litigation
  • Personal injury

Mentors counsel mentees on what it takes to become a good, sound, responsible attorney, with emphasis on:

  • Professional ethics
  • Legal etiquette
  • Civility
  • Work/Life balance
  • Relationships with clients, other lawyers, the judiciary, and the public
  • Development of organizational skills, practice management, economics of the practice of law, responsibility and opportunities for pro bono work, bar activities and community service
  • Fulfillment of Supreme Court requirements for lawyers

It is expected that mentors and mentees meet virtually at least once a month and communicate with each other regularly regarding questions and issues on which the mentee seeks counsel.  Each participant will be provided a link to watch a previously recorded orientation.  We expect to offer quarterly Mentorship Luncheons over a virtual platform.   Each luncheon will feature a speaker who is a leader in the law and presents on a subject of broad legal interest.  Attendees generally receive CLE credit for the luncheon seminars.   

Mentee/Mentor candidates interested in participating in the 2021 program year should fill out the form below and submit it via email to Attorney Josh Kindkeppel at We will have a rolling admission, so submit the form at your convenience.

If you have any questions regarding the Mentorship Program, please contact one of the Mentorship Program co-chairs, Josh Kindkeppel at (608) 310-3339 or  or Jack Sweeney at

As Jack Sweeney says, “Mentor like a champion!”

Mentee/Mentor Candidate

Name Phone E-Mail


Office Name


Areas of practice or interest


Primary non-law activity interests (optional)