California Bar Journal
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VIP offers MCLE at free mentor conference
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Volunteers In Parole (VIP) will hold a free statewide conference March 16-17 for current and prospective mentors to address the multiple challenges of mentoring disadvantaged young adults.

Presentations by experts and experienced mentors will address communication skills, understanding gangs, addiction and sustaining effective relationships. Participants can earn four hours of MCLE credit.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Jose/Silicon Valley in Milpitas. The hotel offers a free shuttle from the San Jose Airport. There is no conference registration fee and VIP will cover the cost of hotel rooms and daytime meals. Those attending will be responsible for their own transportation. To register or get more information, contact VIP at 1-877/484-7462 (toll-free) or

VIP was founded by attorneys in 1972 and has programs throughout the state. It is the only California organization that recruits and assists attorneys to mentor young men and women on parole from the Youth Authority and Department of Corrections. Without mentors, most parolees end up trapped in a new cycle of crime, but VIP mentors have success rates of 70 percent or more.