The required qualifications to be a Mentor are:
- Colorado attorney or judge, with an active license, in good standing, and engaged in the practice of law; or retired Colorado attorney or judge, who retired from the practice in good standing.
- Admitted to practice law in Colorado for not less than five years.
- No suspensions or disbarments from the practice of law from any jurisdiction, nor surrender of license to practice law for purpose of disposing of pending disciplinary proceeding in any jurisdiction.
- No sanction by a governing authority in the five years preceding application as a Mentor.
- No formal disciplinary complaint pending before Attorney Regulation pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.12, or current participation in a diversion program pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.13. An attorney is not disqualified from serving as a Mentor if an investigation was conducted or if there was previous successful completion of participation in a diversion program, and no formal complaint was filed.
Appointment as a Mentor is valid for 5 years, after which time you may re-apply. During your term, you must notify the Executive Director of any change affecting the above qualifications.
The Mentor Program is a professional relationship. It does not contemplate and is not intended to create a formal association or attorney-client relationship between the Mentee and the Mentor. Similarly, for Mentors and Mentees not of the same law firm or office, the Mentor Program does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Mentor and the Mentee’s clients; Mentees must ultimately exercise their own independent professional judgment on behalf of their clients.
To obtain 15 CLE credits (including 2 ethics credits), Mentors and Mentees must successfully complete this program, which requires a commitment of approximately 16 to 20 hours per year (1 ½ hours per month). (There is also a 6-month mentoring program available for mentoring lawyers new to Colorado but in practice three or more years. Participation in this program earns 7 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit).
You participate in the Mentoring Program either through an individualized program or through a Participating Organization (e.g. a bar association that has been approved as a Participating Organization). Your Participating Organization will assist you with matching to a mentee and with completing the requisite activities, including through the use of a Mentoring Plan prepared by the Participating Organization.