Council Resources and Activities for Dealing with Professionalism Problems
Professionalism Teaching Vignettes DVD – The Professionalism Coordinating Council has developed a DVD of vignettes, in cooperation with the Metropolitan State College of Denver. These 20 vignettes, each approximately 3 minutes long, are designed to present mock scenarios of professionalism problems in dealing with opposing attorneys, and to foster small-group discussion. These Vignettes and an accompanying teaching manual may be borrowed from the Professionalism Council by contacting the Bar Association.
Speaker’s Bureau – The Professionalism Coordinating Council has a Speaker’s Bureau which is available to come speak to groups of attorneys (firm, local bar association, etc.) about salient professionalism issues for attorneys. CLE credit may be available depending on the presentation topic and size of the group. Please contact the Bar Association at 303-860-1115 for more information.
Law School Orientation Presentations – The Professionalism Coordinating Council conducts presentations to the incoming 1L classes at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law during their first week of orientation to law school. Utilizing the Vignettes, Council members lead small group discussions of professionalism issues and principles with the new 1L students. Through the school year, members of the Council also assist DU Law School with its mentoring program, assisting in coordination of the program and assistance with vignettes and professionalism discussions.
Peer Professionalism Assistance Group– Formerly known as the Metropolitan Conciliation Panel, the Peer Professionalism Assistance Group is an independent venture, consisting of attorneys from the Denver metropolitan area who have volunteered to counsel attorneys about dealing with rude and unprofessional opposing counsel, and to assist in mediating and resolving professionalism issues among counsel. Please contact the Bar Association at 303-860-1115 for more information.
Denver Bar Association Mentoring Program – The Denver Bar Association has developed a voluntary mentoring program for newly admitted attorneys to be paired with experienced attorneys for a year-long formal mentorship program. More information can be found by contacting Nancy Cohen at 303-866-6400.
Our Courts – The Our Courts program is an independent group of lawyers and judges who have developed a presentation to better educate the public at large about the structure of the Colorado judicial system. Please contact the Bar Association at 303-860-1115 for more information.