Dubois, Bryant & Campbell, LLP
Richard “Rick” Reed has been an attorney for over 35 years working on a variety of real estate developments, loans, leases and zoning issues. Rick has been a member of ULI for several years and this year was one of five Mentors participating in the ULI Austin Young Leader Mentorship Forum. We asked Rick a few questions about mentoring and the law:
What have you found most beneficial about being a Mentor in this year’s Young Leader Mentorship Forum? – Witnessing first hand the desire of the next generation to learn, grow and be part of the solution to the challenges that face our community. I have no doubt that I learned at least as much from these fine young leaders as they did from me.
What recommendations do you have for future Mentors? – Establish a bond early on in order to build a relationship of trust and confidence. Require the young leaders to participate not just by showing up but by being an integral part of setting the meeting topics and agenda for the year and by being responsible for individual meetings. Underwrite additional activities such as happy hours, wine tastings and holiday gatherings to enhance the experience and stretch the ULI budget.
How does being a member of ULI benefit the next generation of lawyers? – Aside from the obvious networking benefits, the diversity of professions of the ULI members and guests exposes the lawyer member to ideas and approaches they might not otherwise encounter. This helps foster greater creativity in analyzing and helping to find solutions to the challenges faced in the legal arena.