A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.
How to Participate in the CAMP ProgramStep 1: Submit a Mentor Application. Click the green "Apply Now" button to your right.
Step 2: Create your Mentor Profile.
Step 3: Let us know whether you are participating as an "individual" or through one of our several "CAMP Partner" organizations around the state.
Step 4: Publish Your Profile and Await Your Match.CAMP Partners are local bar associations, law firms, Inns of Court, government law offices, and other legal organizations in all of Colorado's 22 Judicial Districts in Colorado. Partners appoint their own mentoring program facilitators responsible for the administration of the program including mentor/mentee matching, networking and educational events, and periodic reporting to CAMP. CAMP assists partners with mentoring resources, forms, and administrative support.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their mentee with about one hour of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via face-to-face meetings. Mentors should work with their mentee to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, technical practice resource information, bar association engagement and leadership, personal encouragement, and so on.
- How long will the commitment be? We ask our mentors to make commitments of at least six months to one year in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
- Are there any potential risks to me or my firm? No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions or legal consultation with their mentees; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information.
- Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation and contact the Admin Immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
- How do I get CLE credit for my participation in CAMP? Mentors and Mentees who satisfactorily complete a structured one-on-one mentoring program will receive up to 9 CLE credits, 2 of which will count toward ethics requirements. Mentors may participate in this Program—one mentor relationship at a time—as often as they wish, but may receive the available credit only once per compliance period. The award of CLE credits will apply to the compliance period in which the Program is completed.
Connect with Our Mentees!
Share your expertise with those willing and eager to learn.
- COMMIT AT LEAST ONE INTERACTION/HOUR OF SUPPORT per month.
- Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
- Invite the mentee to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, email, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate
- Respond to emails from your mentee within 2 days of receipt.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.
- Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Above all, LISTEN.
- Give legal advice to mentees.
- Discuss confidential client matters with mentees.
- Encourage mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
- Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.