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Mentoring Young Lawyers and the Impact of Affinity Bars


Contact: Suzy Shaw

Washington, DC – January 10, 2022:  In celebration of National Mentoring Month, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) offers a discussion between two successful trust and estate lawyers about the impact mentors had on their careers, and professional recommendations to young lawyers in a new video, Mentoring Young Lawyers and the Impact of Affinity Bars.

ACTEC Fellows Stephanie Perry and Sandra J. Chan reflect on their experiences as young female lawyers of color in the trust and estate profession. Both women had few role models that looked like them. Learn more about their pathways to success and their recommendations to mentors and mentees.

Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future host, ACTEC Fellow Terrence M. Franklin, said, “You will hear Sandra’s story of the importance of her mentor’s impact on her career. We may not know why he chose to mentor her but we do know that it worked. To all professionals watching this video, please consider mentoring someone who does not look like you.”

Learn more about this topic by watching the Mentoring and Affinity Bars video. For further information about ACTEC’s Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future series, please visit

About The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust and tax laws and procedures and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

About The ACTEC Foundation:  The ACTEC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel or ACTEC. The Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) that offers education to families and professionals and supports students interested in the trust and estate area of the law. Through continued financial support, The ACTEC Foundation offers professional development, scholarships and education for a number of important efforts, including legal education, educational support, public initiatives, legal publications and the student editorial board.