Honorable Ellen L. Koblitz, P.J.A.D. (Ret.) Featured in New Jersey Law Journal Q&A regarding Mentorship
The Hon. Ellen L. Koblitz (Ret.) was selected for inclusion in the 2023 list of “Mentors” by the New Jersey Law Journal as part of its New Jersey Legal Awards. According to the New Jersey Law Journal, the “Mentors” award celebrates attorneys who excel at teaching others - taking those around them to the next level, whether through formal mentorship programs or simply serving as good leaders and guides. In this Q&A, Koblitz is asked several questions about mentorship.
Law is, for many, more than a full-time job. How does one create time for mentorship?
Mentoring is part of supervising others, and essential to obtaining helpful assistance for yourself and others in the firm. It is tremendously rewarding to watch someone you helped do well. I am proud of my many law clerks and others who I have worked with over the years, many of whom have risen to great heights in the legal profession. When I swore in my former law clerk, Rodney Cunningham, now Atlantic County Presiding Family Judge, it was indeed a joyful day. Recently, my former law clerk Amy Lefkowitz took my judicial slot in Bergen County, much to my delight. When I work with a lawyer on an appellate matter and they do well, it is so gratifying. Being part of strategic advocacy by working with lawyers from within and outside the firm is an enjoyable part of my job and encompasses mentoring. Mentoring other lawyers is not a question of “making time” but rather working together for the best possible result for the client. Many times I seek help from those I mentor. Although I have more experience, they invariably have better technology skills. My children may ignore my pleas, but my mentees never do.
To read more of her Q&A, click here.
The New Jersey Legal Awards are published by the New Jersey Law Journal. A description of the selection methodology can be found at Methodology: New Jersey Legal Awards (NJLA) 2023, here.
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