CAMP Cairn | June 2021
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Avoiding Toxic Professional Relationships: Getting Out of The Drama Triangle

Most of us have experienced some type of toxic or dysfunctional professional relationship. Whether it is a stereotypical power hungry supervisor who talks down to people, the team member who takes credit without doing the work, or the colleague who likes to gossip and create drama - sometimes we don't realize we are in a toxic professional relationship until it is too late! 

Mentoring relationships are not immune from toxicity. 

Karpman’s Drama Triangle model shows us the key roles that people tend to play when relationships have become dysfunctional. At the bottom of the inverted triangle is always a victim, someone who perceives themselves to be helpless, powerless and unable to solve their own problems. At the two other points of the triangle we have a persecutor (Someone who is critical, authoritarian and possibly controlling), and a rescuer who feels that it is their job to save the “victim.”

The good news is that we can break free from these toxic roles and create more meaningful and fulfilling professional relationships. Learn how in this month's video message!

CAMP Upcoming Events

Much has been written about the problems associated with the billable hour business model. Numerous pundits have slammed it, demonized it, and blamed it for the profession’s ills. None of this criticism has had much effect. The billable hour is still the primary way many clients pay their lawyers—and how lawyers make their money. But sometimes lost in the discussion is the impact the billable hour model has on our collective psyche. Join our panel of experts as we address the effects of the billable hour our lawyer professionalism and ethics, lawyer mental health, and client and lawyer job satisfaction.


Lauren Lester, Lester Law

Mark Fogg, Childs McCune

Jonathan White, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

Free CLE credit available!

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Can lawyers do better than scientists at persuading the public of the importance of climate change? We are not suggesting that lawyers should predict the impact of rising greenhouse gas emissions. That task will still fall to the scientists. But if a new approach to framing the issue is genuinely needed, how might lawyers make an effective contribution? Climate change is then a justice issue that demands lawyers’ immediate attention, not just a hypothetical problem for a distant future. International rules on emissions cuts, climate change finance and the attribution of responsibility are being decided today, which will have a huge impact on the lives of billions of people for decades to come. Join our panel of experts to discuss the role of lawyers in addressing this difficult problem for society and advocating for and creating policy to further climate change action.


Spencer Rubin, Bryan Cave

Michael Hiatt, EarthJustice

Kate Merlin, Colorado Environmental Advocates

Free CLE Credit Available!

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Are you a rock star trust & estates or elder lawyer? Do you want to give back to the Colorado legal community? Have you been licensed for at least five years? We need you to be a mentor!!

Join us today by creating a mentor profile at or
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Are you looking for practical tools to help you build a law practice you love?

Check out a new resource created by CAMP Mentor Lauren Lester!

"On Purpose Legal" is a community of legal professionals defining success for themselves and building careers that support the lives they want. In essence, we’re a bunch of happy lawyers and allied professionals.

Practicing within the legal profession is often stressful, uninspired, and rigid. Although many of us came to the profession to do good and make things better, we can often feel burnt out, unfulfilled and our authentic selves unwelcome. We believe it doesn’t have to be that way.

We believe that if each lawyer and legal professional embraces their purpose and builds an intentional career aligned with it, they will lead a happier, more fulfilling life and positively impact the community around them. Ultimately, our vision is to redefine what it means to be a successful member of the legal profession. We hope to help create a thriving legal profession where everyone is happier, healthier, and better positioned to do good and solve the bigger problems of the world.

The profession is ready for change. We hope you’ll join the On Purpose Legal community and ignite your impact!

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Dealing with transition fatigue and re-entry stress? COLAP’s got you covered.

Change continues to be the norm as we navigate the post-pandemic future transitions in our personal and professional lives.   Heightened stress, whether yours or someone else’s you are taking on, can also exacerbate well-being and behavioral health issues such as secondary trauma, burnout, anxiety, depression, substance use, and addiction.  Your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) provides free and confidential assistance for the legal community.  For a confidential consultation and discussion about your stressors, helpful resources, or to schedule a free ethics CLE well-being webinar for your firm or organization, contact your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program at 303.986.3345 or visit our website at

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