March 2018 Bar Bulletin
Ask any attorney, from fledgling to full grown, and they will tell you that starting out in the legal profession comes with challenges as varied and complex as the field itself. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals willing to share both their time and their wealth of knowledge as mentors. The KCBA Young Lawyers Division honored these generous individuals at its annual Winter Soirée, held on February 8 at the Washington Athletic Club.
From advice on how to deal with difficult opposing counsel to tips on where to score the best deals on Sounders tickets, this year’s mentor of the year nominees provided a full spectrum of mentorship that ranged from professional to personal. Of the five outstanding finalists, Levi Larson of Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Mentor of the Year award.
As a volunteer in the University of Washington School of Law Mentorship Program, Larson has provided guidance to many students, and his dedication to mentorship does not end when they graduate. The award committee was impressed by the way Larson goes above and beyond to offer professional opportunities to his mentees during and after law school, even inviting them to participate in focus groups to craft closing arguments and aiding in their job searches.
Outside of the legal realm, Larson is deeply committed to his mentees’ personal well-being. Drawing from his own experience as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Larson also advises his mentees on reintegration into civilian life after military service.
While Larson’s contributions are certainly worth celebrating, all of this year’s finalists were distinguished not only in their mentorship, but also in their service to the community in the form of pro bono work, advocacy and collegiality in and outside the legal field. In a time characterized by great divisiveness, these mentors serve as a reminder of the importance and joy of building bridges within the legal community.