In February of 2013, the Colorado Supreme Court established the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (“CAMP”). CAMP helps newly admitted attorneys acquire legal competence and develop an ethical and professional “identity” by pairing them in mentoring relationships with experienced Colorado attorneys. Over the past year, CAMP has promoted these mentoring relationships through formal and informal programs facilitated through local bar associations, Inns of Court, private law firms, public law offices, and other legal organizations throughout Colorado. As the new Chief Justice, I encourage all newly admitted attorneys who are looking for a mentor, and all experienced attorneys who want to act as mentors, to get involved with CAMP. All of the participants in the Colorado legal system, especially the parties and clients, benefit from this wonderful resource for increasing competence and the professionalism of the state’s attorneys. - Honorable Nancy E. Rice, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice
Click here to read the Press Release from Former Chief Justice Bender and the State Court Administrator, Gerald Marroney, regarding John Baker’s appointment as the Director of CAMP.
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There is a “new normal” in the legal profession! Law practice has gone through dynamic change over the last five to ten years, in part, driven by the challenging economic times, but also influenced by the fast-paced and high-pressure technology driven practice of law. Experienced attorneys and the young lawyers feel that they have less time for mentoring. No worries! Attorney mentoring in Colorado evolved to keep up with the changes in the legal profession and in the legal system! There are three newly conceived mentoring ideas, designed to meet the challenges of these changing times. Click here to read an article by CAMP Director John Baker and published in the January 2014 edition of Law Week Colorado.
The concept of mentoring in the legal profession is as old as the profession itself. However, throughout the years, this concept has gotten lost causing new lawyers to struggle as they try to keep their feet on the ground. With the support of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), it is our hope that local bars throughout the state of Colorado will begin to reintroduce the concept of mentoring. New attorneys should not have to struggle alone; there are too many resources available. Mentoring is the key to reminding practiced attorneys about the oath they took and helping new attorneys to understand the meaning behind the oath.
Colorado Supreme Court Mentor Program Underway
These days, mentoring partnerships are more and more difficult to find, both in the public and private sectors. Would-be mentors and mentees alike are consumed by the recent economics of the practice of law. Furthermore, it’s not easy to find the right match, much less to know how, to go about mentoring or being mentored. -
By Christine McManus Vongunden (Access the Full Article Here)
The Mentoring Relationship: How to Make it Work and Why it Matters
This article identifies the elements of what makes a successful mentoring relationship. It provides tips on what good mentors and mentees do, based on input from those who have enjoyed successful mentoring relationships. – By Mark A. Fogg, Richard L. Gabriel, Margrit Lent Parker (Access the Full Article Here)