Mentor Application

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The required qualifications to be a Mentor are:

  1. 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.
  2. Admitted to practice law in Colorado for not less than five years.
  3. 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.
  4. No sanction by a governing authority in the five years preceding application as a Mentor.
  5. 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.

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