November 2016 CAMP News!
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A Letter From The Director

Thankful For Mentors

It is that time of year again where we slow down to give thanks for the people who make our lives better. Those who challenge, motivate, love, and guide us to be the people we want to be in this world.

At CAMP, this month is about being thankful for our mentors. Mentors come in all forms. Maybe you have a CAMP mentor (or two), maybe you have a spiritual mentor, a personal mentor, or a family mentor. Maybe you are trying to find a mentor. Mentorship is an organic, long term process. We are never "done" being mentored in life. As you think about the mentors you are thankful for this year, challenge yourself to continue the work of bringing mentorship into your life:

1. Ask yourself – Which area of life would I like direction or help with? Where do I need to grow? 

2. Keep up the search – Is there a person already in my life who is further along this road than me? Try not to fear rejection. Seek someone willing to invest in you. Had a bad experience? Press on. Look for someone new.

3. Be persistent – Don’t feel discouraged if you haven’t found the right mentor yet. These things can take time. Just keep seeking!

4. Look for Opporunities to Give thanks – We always have people in our lives fulfilling the role of mentor. They just fall under different names. Incognito if you like. You may know them as personal trainers, friends, coaches, bosses, or personal heroes. So let’s be thankful together for the amazing, courageous people who go before us!


J. Ryann Peyton, Esq. LLM
Director, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program
Appreciation Improves Your Health
 One of the biggest influences on our emotional, mental, and physical health is our perspective.   

Several university studies (California, Connecticut, Ohio State, and Carnegie Mellon University) suggest that people experience many health benefits from focusing on what they appreciate in life.  When we describe what we appreciate in our lives, such as in a gratitude journal, and when we reach out to others, such as being compassionate toward others or helping them, our body rewards us. 

People from these studies experienced:  reduction in chronic pain, catching less colds, having calmer nervous systems, less anxiety and negative emotions that lead to stress related diseases, increased immune function (specifically increased wound healing time), reduction in risk of experiencing a second heart attack, getting more and better sleep; and a more optimistic view of life. 

Having a hard time finding something to be appreciative of?  Your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program can help. For more information or for confidential assistance, please contact COLAP at 303.986.3345 or visit
our website at

Check out our refurbished website! Visit
for everything you need to know about CAMP and attorney mentoring in Colorado!
Are you looking for a new or additional mentor? Click the link below to get started.

By Bridge Between
By Selena Rezvani

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Join us on November 18th for a special
"Mentoring Colorado Attorneys:
The CAMP Difference"
presentation to the CBA Solo/Small Firm Section.

Click here for time and location and to register: 
Staying true to a key component of the CAMP mission – to promote strong relationships with the bar, clients, and the public – CAMP is embarking on the development of a new three-year (2017-2019) strategic plan.

We are building a Strategic Planning Committee and we need your help to vision the future of CAMP!

The strategic plan will focus on six visionary pillars:
Community-Based Program Development
Leadership Development
Strategic Partnerships
Innovative & Wide Reaching Communications
Effective Use of Information Technology
Throughout the first six-months of 2017, a three phase planning process will be designed and implemented that will allow for comprehensive community input, assessment of programs, and research on best practices in the field of attorney mentoring. 
Interested in joining the committee?
Please contact Ryann Peyton at

CAMP will launch an innovative, online mentoring platform in early December.

Create your online profile and
easily connect with mentors at
your leisure. 

Enjoy improved matching criteria and access to more insightful information about your mentor. 

Track the progress of your mentoring curriculum with our app and communicate with other mentoring pairs across the state.

Import your LinkedIn profile with one click and start communicating with potential mentors right away.

In person mentoring will remain a key component of the CAMP program. The e-platform will allow program participants to more easily match with each other, track their progress in the program, access resources, and connect with attorneys across Colorado.

Looking for short-term mentoring?

Check Out the CAMP Coffee List! 

Coffee List mentors are available for a cup of coffee to provide short-term guidance and support

Practice Area resources
Bar leadership positions
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Informational interview
Alumni connection
Business development
Professionalism resources


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