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In Case You Missed It – ‘Bridging the gap’ features mentor Melissa Ford and mentee Kevin Dawson

Bingham Greenebaum Doll partner Melissa Ford and attorney Kevin Dawson were recently profiled in The Indiana Lawyer for their successful mentor/mentee relationship. The article focused on mentor/mentee relationships across generations, and looked at the relationship that Melissa and Kevin have fostered.

According to the Indiana Lawyer article, younger lawyers in the Millennial generation have a different approach to work than their Gen X or Young Boomer counterparts. Millennials are more likely to be comfortable working remotely, and put less emphasis on time spent in a traditional office. More experienced attorneys who started their careers as recently as the 1990s may have difficulty relating to this work style.

At Bingham Greenebaum Doll, mentor/mentee relationships across generations help bridge the gaps in communication and work styles. Excerpts from Melissa and Kevin are available below. The full article, including a chart defining the generations, is available on The Indiana Lawyer web site (registration required). Bingham Greenebaum Doll attorney Kevin Dawson on cross generational communication: “Because people communicate differently, I think you have to know when a telephone call is appropriate, when an email is appropriate, when it’s time to go to someone’s office and just sit across from them and talk some things out.”

Bingham Greenebaum Doll partner Melissa Ford on cross generational working relationships: “Be brave, reach beyond your peer group. I know I learn a lot from new lawyers, I learn a lot from more-senior lawyers, and I learn from my peers as well, but lawyers and people in general at different stages of their lives and in different situations bring valuable perspectives. The more you isolate yourself in one group, the less benefit you’ll have from those perspectives.”

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