From State Bar of Wisconsin: Mentoring Is Key to Improving the Profession
Schloemer Law’s own Jim Spella was recently recognized for 50 years in the profession and as an outstanding mentor by the Wisconsin State Bar, who has featured his insights about the importance of mentoring in Inside Track: Mentoring is Key to Profession. We have shared a short excerpt from the article below. Please read the rest of the article on wisbar.org.
“There is a legendary tale among those who work at Schloemer Law Firm S.C. of West Bend: After one winter storm when roads were impassible, Jim Spella strapped on his snow boots and hiked miles to the office – to open the firm in case a client needed help.
That shows his complete dedication to his firm, say those who know him. Spella started with the firm as a young lawyer in 1972, became a partner in 1975, and a managing partner shortly after. With a degree in accounting as well as law, he’s assisted hundreds of clients over the years in estate and succession planning, business matters including organization and contracts, real estate, and the tax implications that can arise in all of these areas.
Throughout his career at Schloemer Law Firm, he was dedicated to one more important aspect of practice: mentoring 29 attorneys over his nearly 50 years of practice.
Spella is recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Mentor Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division. The award recognizes a Wisconsin attorney who has made an exceptional contribution to the life and career of a young attorney.
“I’m honored and surprised by this award,” Spella said.
“Jim brags about all of the young attorneys at our firm, so it’s our turn to brag about him,” said Amanda Follett, a young attorney at the Schloemer firm. “Jim doesn’t like seeking recognition. His family and our firm are very proud of him!”
Originally published July 29, 2021