As part of its 2019 Ethics CLE Series, LawBank was pleased to bring Jonathan P. White of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel (OARC) and J. Ryann Peyton of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) to speak to members on attorney mentoring. Jonathan is Professional Development Counsel and Inventory Counsel with the OARC and is a regular presenter in the Colorado legal community. Ryann is the Executive Director of CAMP and a former Denver family law attorney.
This lunchtime presentation to LawBank members focused on how professional identity is an important aspect of an independent law practice. There are aspects of professional identity that affect the mental health of practitioners and also the public perception of attorneys in general. LawBank members were provided with information on how to define their own professional identity to use them in reaching their goals related to personal success. Ryann gave an overview of how the CAMP organization can work with Colorado attorneys in all practice areas to find a mentor. This is a statewide service and is provided at no cost to participants.
In the second part of the program, Jonathan gave insight into how the OARC views and regulates mentorship relationships between attorneys. He candidly shared that mentoring is not a big issue with their office at this time and they do not receive a lot of complaints about lawyers in this regard. Lawyers involved in mentoring relationships can avoid problems by using hypotheticals, rather than specific client information, during lawyer to lawyer consultations. They can also gather informed consent from their clients before disclosing information. Lawyers can be provided with mentoring by another attorney through a co-counsel arrangement in a specific case.
Ethics CLE credit was provided for this program and more information about the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel can be found on their website. CAMP’s website is a great resource for attorneys interested in mentorship.
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