How to Participate in CAMP
CAMP utilizes a specialized mentoring software platform to match mentors and mentees based on personality characteristics, practice experience, and shared goals and experiences. In addition, CAMP staff have a personal conversation with every mentee and mentor to learn more about each person’s unique circumstance, life experiences, and desired outcome for a mentoring relationship. The combination of our software algorithm and our personal knowledge of every program participant helps us to make the most successful mentoring match possible.
Before applying to join the CAMP program, please review the information below concerning how to participate in the CAMP program.
Individual vs. Partner Programs
CAMP is structured intentionally to be decentralized, so that individual groups and organizations, with designated facilitators, can carry out the program on a local level in a manner that fits the needs of the attorneys they serve. By encouraging the development of “grassroots” efforts to conduct mentoring programs, new attorneys will achieve more successful integration with their organization, local bar, or region.
For some CAMP participants, it is beneficial to find mentoring specifically within the local bar association, inn of court, law firm, or legal organization in which they seek to become better networked, acquainted, or affiliated. The connection to a partner program is even more important to those participants who are located outside of the Denver Metro Area or those who are practicing in small rural or mountain communities.
In addition to being a source of contact in your local community, many partner programs offer their own mentoring curriculum, events, and opportunities for mentoring pairs within their program. These opportunities are in addition to the curriculum, events, and opportunities offered by the central CAMP office in Denver.
CAMP partner programs accept mentees on a rolling basis and during specific program terms during the year. If you are considering participating in CAMP through a partner program, please check with the facilitator of your program to learn when mentee applications are accepted and when mentoring terms begin.
Current CAMP partner programs and the facilitator contact information can be found
here. We encourage you to contact the program facilitator regarding questions specific to that organization’s mentoring program.
Those mentees and mentors wishing to participate in CAMP as an individual should create a profile through the links provided below and select “Individual Program” when prompted by the software.
Formal vs. Informal Programs
Once you determine whether to participate in CAMP as an individual or through a partner program, the next decision to make is whether you plan to engage with CAMP through a formal program 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.
What is a “formal” program?
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.
Available template mentoring programs include:
Newly Admitted Attorneys (Lawyers in their first three years of practice)
Attorneys New to Colorado
Attorneys Changing Practice Areas
Attorneys Entering Public Service/Government Positions
Attorneys Hanging Out Their Own Shingle
Attorneys Raising or Caring for Families
Women Attorneys (Colorado Women’s Bar Association Lift! Program)
Attorneys Seeking Trial Practice Skills
Links to these template plans can be found
Those mentoring pairs who successfully complete a formal program may qualify for CLE credit. However, to qualify for CLE credit, a mentoring plan must cover certain subject areas including:
Initial Planning Meeting
Personal and Professional Development, including work-life balance, inclusiveness & diversity, and wellness
The Colorado Bar and Legal Community
History and Importance of the Legal Profession
Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, Professionalism, and Civility
Practical Practice Area Experience
Law Office Management and In-Office Procedures
Working With Clients
Pro Bono & Civic Involvement
The CAMP staff is happy to assist mentoring pairs in developing a unique and relevant mentoring plan, as well as reviewing any proposed mentoring plan for CLE accreditation.
Formal programs generally take six to twelve months to complete.
What is an “informal” program?
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 theirmentoring 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 timeframe 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.
If you are seeking informal mentoring, but do not wish to go through the CAMP matching process and engage in a “one-on-one” mentoring relationship, you might consider seeking a “cup of coffee mentor” who is available for short meetings to discuss career path questions, practice area issues, or to attend networking events.
Mentees in need of any of the following assistance should consider contacting a member of the
CAMP Coffee List:
Seeking a “starting place” for networking within a certain practice area, bar association, or legal organization
In need of a more seasoned attorney to serve as a resource for practice area specific questions
Solo practitioners seeking other solo attorneys to serve as a resource for practice management questions
New lawyers looking for someone to accompany them to a bar association or legal organization event
Pursuing available leadership opportunities within a bar association or legal organization
In addition to one-on-one mentor pairings, CAMP offers circle mentoring opportunities. The mentoring circles concept relies on peer-to-peer mentoring, as opposed to traditional mentoring paradigms. In a circle program, participants from all levels of practice are encouraged to join or propose their own mentoring group. This unique setup gives motivated lawyers another avenue to grow within the profession and opens the door for all lawyers to find or create a circle that gets them excited. Topics don’t always have to be practice related and they can cover a wide range of ideas. A few inspiration topics include “Working Moms,” “Young Lawyers,” or “Time Management.” Circle owners designate limits for number of participants, set expectations for how, when, and why the circle will meet, and put their proposed circle on a “marketplace” – a listing of circles that need participants. Lawyers browse the marketplace for circles that catch their fancy and when enough people join, the circle owner formally launches the circle.
More information about CAMP Mentoring Circles can be found
Questions? Contact CAMP Director Ryann Peyton at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-928-7750.
CAMP Mentoring Software
The Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program is one of the only attorney mentoring programs in the nation to utilize an innovative software platform to assist mentoring pairs in structuring and facilitating their mentoring relationships. The use of the CAMP’s mentoring software is completely optional. However, for mentoring pairs seeking an intuitive, paperless way to work through a mentoring plan, schedule meetings, goal plan, and communicate with one another, the software platform may be a very useful tool.
Each mentoring pair will have access to a Mentoring Connection Plan. Your mentoring connection plan is made up of various components some of which have been designed for you and others which you will design for yourself. Each Mentoring Connection Plan is comprised of milestones, tasks, and goals which the mentoring pair will work to complete during their time in the program.
CAMP hosts mentoring software training monthly for any mentors or mentees who wish to learn more about the software and its benefits. We will walk you through the Mentoring Connection Plan, show you how to set goals, create tasks, and develop a virtual mentoring plan. Please visit our
events page for more information on an upcoming software training.