Professionalism & Ethics

Every lawyer mentoring relationship, formal or informal, should be grounded in exploring the ethical and professional requirements and principles of practicing law. CAMP mentoring resources include resources from Colorado and national sources to make the exploration easier. See the “Mentoring Literature” tab for a complete listing of the readings available.

For other Colorado ethical and professionalism resources check out the Colorado Bar Association’s Professionalism Resources Page.

Professionalism is conduct reflecting the values embodied in the Colorado Attorney Oath of Admission, the Colorado Principles of Professionalism, and the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. These values require attorneys always to act competently, civilly, and with integrity and to commit themselves to the public good and to furthering the interests of justice.

Additional Professionalism and Ethics Resources


Baker J, Citizen Lawyers: The Past, Present, and Future of the Legal Profession,The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 38, No. 9, Page 99, September 2009

Baker, J, New Mentoring for the Law, Law Week Colorado, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 6, 2014

Baldwin R, Rethinking Professionalism, 41 Emory L.J. 433 (1992)

Braendel A, The Mask that Becomes You, Litigation Vol. 39 No. 2 (2013)

Briggs SC, The Myth and Mischief of Zealous Advocacy, The Colorado Lawyer, President’s Message to Members (January 2005)


Carrington PD & Cramton RC, Original Sin and Judicial Independence: Providing Accountability for Justices, 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1105 (March 2009)


Daicoff S, Articles Lawyer, Know Thyself: A Review of Empirical Research on Attorney Attributes Bearing on Professionalism, 46 Am. U. L. Rev. 1337, June 1997

Dohnal D, The Citizen/Lawyer of the Past, Present and Hopefully, the Future, Access to Legal Services (2005)


Elkins JR, Lawyer Ethics: A Pedagogical Mosaic, 14 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Poly 117 (2000)


Filisko GM, You’re Out of Order! Dealing with the Costs of Incivility in the Legal Profession, ABA Journal (January 2013)

Fleming J, What Does It Mean to Practice Law In the Interests of Justice in the Twenty-First Century?, 70 Fordham L. Rev. 1699 (2002)

Floyd DH, Lost Opportunity: Legal Education and the Development of Professional Identity, 30 Hamline L. Rev. 555 (2007)

Fortney S, I Don’t Have Time to be Ethical: Addressing the Effects of Billable Hour Pressure, 39 Idaho L. Rev. 305 (2003)

Friedman LM, Some Thoughts About Citizen Lawyers, 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1153 (March 2009)


Gerdy K, Clients, Empathy, and Compassion: Introducing First-Year Students to the “Heart” of Lawyering, 87 Neb. L. Rev. 1 (2008)

Gordon RW, The Citizen Lawyer: A Brief Informal History of a Myth with Some Basis in Reality, 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1169 (March 2009)

Griffin L, A Clients’ Theory of Professionalism, 52 Emory L.J. 1087 (2003)


Hamilton N, Fostering Professionalism through Mentoring, Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 57 No. 1 (March 2007)

Hamilton N, Professionalism Clearly Defined, 18 No. 4 Prof. Law. 4 (2008)

Hazard Jr. GC, Law, Ethics and Mystery, 82 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 509 (2005)


Kanemoto CS, Bushido in the Courtroom: A Case for Virtue-Oriented Lawyering, 57 S.C. L. Rev. 357 (2005)

Kotkin MJ, Professionalism, Gender and the Public Interest: The Advocacy of Protection, 8 St. Thomas L. Rev. 157 (1995)

Krieger M, A Twenty-First Century Ethos for the Legal Profession: Why Bother?, Denver University Law Review Vol. 86:3 (2009)


Lemons D, Return to Civility, Texas Bar Journal, Mentoring, Vol. 76, No. 3, March 2013


Montgomery JE, Incorporating Emotional Intelligence Concepts into Legal Education: Strengthening the Professionalism of Law Students, 39 U. Tol. L. Rev. 323 (2008)

Moran RF, Bring Back Citizen-Lawyers, National Law Journal, January 2009


Ortego J & Maleson L, Incivility: An Insult to the Professional and the Profession, The Brief (2008)


Peyton, Ryann, J. Talent Gets You Noticed Character Gets You Recruited, Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 46 No.7., Pg. 14-15 (July 2017


Reveley WT, The Citizen Lawyer, 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1309 (March 2009)

Rhode D, Profits and Professionalism, 33 Fordham Urb. L.J. 49 (November 2005)

Rhode D, Whatever Happened to Access to Justice, 42 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 869 (2009)

Rubin E, The Citizen Lawyer and the Administrative State, 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1335 (March 2009)

Ryan TJ, President’s Page Citizen Lawyer, Michigan Bar Association (2007)


Schiltz P, Legal Ethics in Decline: The Elite Law Firm, The Elite Law School, and the Moral Formation of the Novice Attorney, 82 Minn. L. Rev. 705, February 1998

Schiltz P, Making Ethical Lawyers, 45 S. Tex. L. Rev. 875 (2004)

Schiltz P, Money and Ethics: The Young Lawyer’s Conundrum, Washington State Bar Association News (January 2000)

Sullivan W & Colby A, Formation of Professionalism and Purpose: Perspectives From the Preparation for the Professions Program, 5 U. St. Thomas L.J. 404 (2008)


Terrell T & Wildman J, Rethinking Professionalism, 41 Emory L.J. 403 (1992)


Walters WE, Dealing with an Uncivil Opponent: Finding the High Road,The Colorado Lawyer, CBA President’s Message (September 2008)

Wendel WB, Morality, Motivation, and the Professionalism Movement,? 52 S.C. L. Rev. 557 (2001)

Weresh M, I’ll Start Walking Your Way, You Start Walking Mine: Sociological Perspectives on Professional Identity Development and Influence of Generational Differences, 61 S.C. L. Rev. 337 (2009)