This Mentoring Disclaimer is made this _____ day of ______________, 20__, by and among ___________________ ("Mentor") and ___________________ ("Mentee"), the Section of Taxation of the Maryland State Bar Association ("Section"), and the Maryland State Bar Association ("MSBA").
WHEREAS, the Section and MSBA are sponsoring a pro bono program the purpose of which is to provide a resource for newer, less experienced attorneys who practice in the areas of state and federal taxation to seek and receive advice or to discuss one of more of the following areas of concern: (1) practical practice-related issues; (2) substantive areas of the law specific to taxation issues and related procedural issues; (3) appropriate and professional conduct and how to deal with inappropriate conduct; and (4) the importance and means of being involved in Bar and community activities and in developing a support network for the attorney’s practice; and
WHEREAS, Mentee is seeking advice, counseling and guidance from Mentor; and
WHEREAS, Mentor has agreed to voluntarily provide advice, counseling and guidance to Mentee as part of the pro bono program sponsored by the Section and MSBA and as a public service; and
WHEREAS, the parties to this Agreement desire to avoid disclosure and liability on behalf of the Section, MSBA and/or Mentor.
WHEREFORE, IN CONSIDERATION of the promises contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the parties agree as follows:
1. Mentor and Mentee agree that they are not establishing an attorney/client relationship, and Mentor will not provide legal advice as co-counsel to Mentee or his or her client.
2. Mentee shall not reveal any client confidences to Mentor, but rather seek guidance in general areas. Mentor shall maintain all information conveyed to him or her as private and confidential. Mentee shall not disclose the content of any discussions, suggestions or advice by Mentor to any person under any circumstances, unless ordered by a Court of competent jurisdiction to do so.
3. Mentee hereby warrants, covenants and represents that under no circumstances will Mentee file suit or make a claim against Mentor and/or the Section and/or MSBA for any reason, cause, matter or thing related to or in any way arising out of the rendering of Mentor’s services, and Mentee further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Mentor, the Section and MSBA from any and all claims, suits, actions and proceedings of every kind and nature arising out of or in connection with the advice, counseling and guidance provided.