Mentorship Program

IPBA Mentorship Program


The IPBA is proud to announce the IPBA Young Lawyers’ Mentorship Program and now welcomes applications from IPBA Young Lawyers!


The IPBA has scouted among its past Officers senior professionals who will help our Young Lawyers to better navigate our organization and grow their skills for cross-border work and networking.

Ten Mentees selected from among applications received will have the opportunity to enhance their personal growth in a cross-jurisdiction environment while providing a fresh perspective to their Mentors.

The program will entail 5 hours of mentorship spanning 5 months, from November 2023 to March 2024.

The focus of the program is on young lawyers to enhance their involvement in the IPBA and have value-added access to networking and learning cross-border skills after COVID, which limited learning for many young professionals in different sectors.

Program Content

After being chosen by the selection committee, each Mentee will be paired two-on-one with a past IPBA Officer, who will provide guidance and support over 5 months, with 5 full hours for each Mentee dedicated to that Mentee’s development.

The Mentors

Shiro Kuniya
IPBA Past President (2011-2012)
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Osaka
Dhinesh Bhaskaran
IPBA Past President (2016-2017)
Shearn Delamore & Co., Kuala Lumpur
Caroline Berube
IPBA Past Secretary-General (2017-2019)
HJM Asia Law & Co LLC, Guangzhou
Michael Burian
IPBA Past Secretary-General (2019-2021)
Gleiss Lutz, Frankfurt
Shin Jae Kim
IPBA Past Program Coordinator (2019-2021)
TozziniFreire Advogados, São Paulo


How to Apply

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 28-38; and
  • A member of IPBA for at least 1 year, but less than 5 years; and
  • Professionally fluent in English.

To apply please submit the following materials via email to the IPBA Secretariat at

  • An up-to-date CV; 
  • A summary of your current practice and indication of two areas of practice of your interest (100 words);
  • An essay of what you have to offer the IPBA (100 words);
  • An essay of what are you expect from the IPBA (100 words);
  • Any additional information you may want to share (100 words).

The deadline for submission is 18:00 Tokyo time on October 6th, 2023.

The chosen Mentees will be introduced at the IPBA Scholars/New Members Reception at the Annual Meeting and Conference in Tokyo, 24-27 April 2023. (All costs associated with conference attendance is up to each Mentee. Special rates for young lawyers aged 35 and under are available. See the official Conference web site for details: