Colorado Supreme Court

Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.


State Pitches ‘CAMP’

The first statewide mentoring program is up and running and aims to promote professional pride, excellence and identity in the legal profession.


Summer 2013

Mentoring in the legal profession is as old as the profession itself. But with the current economics of law practice many new lawyers don’t get any formal guidance, whether in private practice or the public sector. Colorado decided to do something about this. 

In 2011, the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession recommended to the Colorado Supreme Court the establishment of a statewide lawyer mentoring program now known as the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP). The CAMP program will be implemented through bar associations, inns of court, law firms, agencies, and other legal organizations throughout the state. 

The Goals

Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure 255 establishes CAMP as an independent component of the Supreme Court’s attorney admission, registration and regulation system. CAMP aims to promote professional pride, excellence and identity in the legal profession by forging strong relationships with the bar, courts, clients, law schools and the public. CAMP helps other legal organizations in three different ways:

·         Supports and provides training materials to existing mentoring programs;

·         Assists in implementing mentoring programs by providing all forms, a template mentoring plan structure, and access to CLE credits for mentors and mentees;

·         Through a virtual online mentoring resource center, CAMP will provide readings, mentor and mentee training, videos, and other materials for all lawyers and law offices. The center will open in in October.

The Mentees

To qualify as a mentee in CAMP programs, the lawyer must be a licensed, active Colorado lawyer, who is either practicing or is intending to practice law in the state. Preference will be given to lawyers who are within their first three years following admission to practice law in Colorado. The lawyers don’t need to be a member of a bar association.  The sponsoring legal organizations will have the flexibility to further define who the mentees will be in local programs.

The Mentors

Mentors must be Colorado attorneys or judges with an active license in good standing or retired Colorado attorneys or judges who retired in good standing. The mentor shall be licensed for at least five years and have no history of suspension, disbarment, or pending disciplinary actions, including diversion programs.  CAMP will provide training programs and materials to mentors.

The Curriculum

The 12-month CAMP curriculum will be developed by the mentee and mentor but should cover certain subject areas, including:

·         Initial planning meeting

·         Personal and professional development, including work-life balance, inclusiveness & diversity, and wellness

·         The Colorado bar and legal community (may include group activity)

·         History and importance of the legal profession (may include group activity)

·         Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, professionalism, and civility

·         Litigation and transaction experiences (Colorado courts and procedures)

·         Law office management and in-office procedures

·         Working with clients

·         Pro bono and civic involvement (may include group activity)

Contact CAMP

For further information while the CAMP website is under construction, please contact Director John Baker at:

Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP)

Colorado Supreme Court

Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center

1300 Broadway, Suite 230

Denver, Colorado 80202

John Baker, CAMP Director

T: (303)457-5202

F: (303)501-1143


Lauren Eisenbach, CAMP Administrative Assistant

T: (303)457-5139