On 28th September 2023, the Law Society of Kenya hosted the Senior Lawyers CPD Luncheon under the theme, ‘Reconnecting, Re-energising, Mentoring and Rekindling the Passion for Law’ at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi. The Key Note Speaker Mr. John Ohaga, SC underscored various ways the Seniors can engage with the Young Advocates to bridge the gap between them which included getting involved. He urged the Senior Lawyers to be involved in the activities and events of the Society that brings in the various groups of Advocates. He continued to note that, the other way was to re-energize by diversifying is for the Seniors to engage in different activities away from their norm and encouraged them to have a support system in the event of hitting a brick wall. Mr. Ohaga continued with his key note address by stating that mentoring is key as it teaches one to understand what drives the other party. In addition, he noted that as Seniors they could benefit and learn from the Young Advocates (reverse mentoring) especially when it comes to technology as they are tech-savvy.
Other issues raised by the Seniors during plenary included; a member appreciated the Seniors for taking in pupils as this is usually the first step of mentoring. The Seniors were challenged to remain relevant and keep up with their values of the profession while instilling the same to the younger lot. A member also reminded the Seniors that there was need to look at the younger advocates in a wholesome perspective especially on issues to do with mental health. In conclusion, the Seniors unanimously concurred that mentorship is key in bridging the gap and proposed that the Society to organize similar forums to allow them to reconnect and chart a way forward for the professions.