San Mateo County Judge Jon Karesh balances the bench, life and handling two mentees in BALIF's "Connections" mentoring program. Judge Karesh has been a tireless supporter of mentoring the LGBT community, and does not let geographic distance, or mentees with dissimilar employment goals, get in the way of productive relationships. Karesh says, "one of my mentees lives in San Francisco and we have met for lunch several times when I have been up in the city on weekends. The other one lives in Union City and he and his partner invited me over to their place during the summer for a barbecue. We also met up at the recent BALIF mentor/mentee event in S.F." Judge Karesh's efforts are appreciated by his mentees, both of whom continue to be in regular contact. Thank you, Judge Karesh! Mentoring matters. For more information, please contact Dennis Raglin, chair of the Young Lawyers and Students Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).