On December 17, 2014, FALA/NY, in collaboration with LEGACY | NY ( launched the Legal Advocate Mentorship Project (“LAMP”) with a welcome reception for its eight inaugural mentees at the offices Pillsbury Winthrop LLP. David Lat (Above the Law) offered the keynote speech, explaining his unique and fascinating perspective on entering and then leaving the practice of law.

LAMP seeks to expose college students and young professionals to the diverse career options in law and policy through mentorship and experiential learning. In particular, LAMP seeks to cultivate the next generation of lawyers among Filipino Americans and Southeast Asian Americans underrepresented in the legal profession. LAMP mentees meet with practicing attorneys from a variety of legal backgrounds and also attend workshops and programs aimed at helping them better understand the practice of law.

The 2015 spring class culminated in a moot court exercise that gave LAMP mentees the opportunity to use the skills they learned throughout the course of the program. Hon. Lorna G. Schofield (Southern District of New York) graciously agreed to provide the closing address for the spring 2015 program.

LAMP mentors are experienced and dedicated attorneys who meet with a rotating cast of mentees over the course of the program, providing guidance to their mentees as well as insight into their own career paths. Mentors have the option of leading workshops and speaking on panels to further educate LAMP mentees.

The LAMP Committee Chair is: Kate Blanco.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee for 2016, or if your firm or organization is interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email: