Mentors inspire, encourage, and support you, and contribute to your professional and personal development. You can expect to strengthen and build your network, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel in the profession of law.
How to Participate in the CAMP Program
Step 1: Submit a Mentee Application. Click the green "Join Now" button to your right.
Step 2: Create your Mentee 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.
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
Step 4: Let us know if you are seeking a "formal" or "informal" mentoring program.
CAMP does not believe in a “one size fits all” mentoring experience. As a result, we have intentionally created the program to be as flexible and modifiable as possible to allow each mentee to design a custom user experience based on their professional interests and needs. To that end, there are no mandatory meetings, mandatory time commitments, or mandatory mentoring structures associated with the CAMP program.
Each mentoring pair will determine together whether they would like to pursue a formal mentoring experience or engage more informally as a mentoring pair.
Mentoring pairs engaging in a formal mentoring experience will generally exhibit three characteristics: (1) The mentoring pair will have one or more specific goals or learning objectives for their time in the program, (2) The mentoring pair will meet on a more scheduled basis (as opposed to on an ad hoc basis), and (3) The mentoring pair will follow some type of mentoring plan or curriculum to assist them in achieving their mentoring goals and objectives.
The mentoring plan or curriculum for each mentoring pair will differ from pair to pair. Mentoring pairs are encouraged to create a plan that is most meaningful and relevant to the mentee. To assist mentoring pairs in developing their mentoring plains, CAMP has created template mentoring tracks designed to meet the needs of Colorado lawyers at all stages of their professional careers. Mentoring pairs are encouraged to utilize these mentoring plan templates to provide structure and organization to their mentoring relationship and to set goals and develop important competencies during the mentoring relationship.
Sometimes mentees do not have specific goals or objectives that would be served by a structured mentoring program. In these cases, a mentee may simply need a mentor to serve as a connector, door opener, or “as needed” resource. In this case, CAMP takes responsibility for matching the mentoring pair and the pair takes sole responsibility for developing and sustaining their mentoring relationship.
Choosing an informal mentoring program does not offer any less benefit or significance to your mentoring relationship. It simply means that you are choosing not to follow a formal mentoring plan for the purposes of structure or CLE credit. The time frame and content of the mentor relationship is entirely at your discretion.
In selecting an informal program, you are taking sole responsibility for developing and sustaining your mentoring relationship. The CAMP mentoring plans remain available to you for guidance and inspiration. Additionally, the CAMP resources and events also remain available.
Questions? Contact CAMP Director Ryann Peyton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-928-7750.
Step 5: Publish Your Profile and Await Your Pre-Match Consultation with CAMP staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I choose a Mentor? First complete your profile and tell us more about who you are and what you are hoping to get from your experience in the mentoring program. Then browse through the list of mentors and a create mentoring request and the CAMP Director will match you with a mentor.
- What am I expected to do? Mentees are expected to engage with their mentor for about one hour of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via face-to-face meetings. Mentees are expected to set the goals and tasks to be accomplished during the mentoring relationship based on the kind of support the mentee will find 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 our mentoring pairs 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.
- But I'm not a "new" attorney. Can I still participate? Yes! Many mentees are within their first three years following admission to practice law in Colorado, however our programming is appropraite and available to any licensed, active Colorado attorney regardless of years of practice.
- Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the mentor 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 mentoring program will receive up to 9 CLE credits, 2 of which will count toward ethics requirements. Mentees may participate only once in the Program for CLE credit. The award of CLE credits will apply to the compliance period in which the Program is completed.
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- TAKE A PROACTIVE ROLE IN SHAPING UP THE RELATIONSHIP
- Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance personal and professional relationship with your mentor.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior.
- PUT THE TIME WITH MENTOR TO THE BEST USE. Come to meetings with mentor prepared with planned topics.
- Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
- Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
- If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Ask for legal advice or discuss confidential client matters.
- Blame the mentor if his or her insights don't work out.
- Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
- Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
- Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.