Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender issued a proclamation on May 1, 2012, declaring October 2012 Legal Professionalism Month in the State of Colorado. The intent of the proclamation is to inspire members of the legal profession to re-dedicate themselves to demonstrating the highest standards of professional integrity and to promote public confidence in the legal system.
Chief Justice Bender formed the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession in February 2011 in order to improve the training of law students and help them appreciate the role of the legal profession, increase training and support for new lawyers, facilitate communication and cooperation between the bench and bar, and encourage the bar to recognize the legal needs of our community at large and provide more pro bono work.
The Commission has discovered several prominent themes throughout its first year of work, and Chief Justice Bender would like to encourage attorneys to preserve the profession’s positive force in society:
I believe that now is the time for each of us to renew our efforts to the legal profession through increased civility toward one another and by instilling these values in law students and new lawyers. Finally, we must rededicate ourselves to the service of society, including the most vulnerable among us. To galvanize and focus these efforts, CBA President David Masters, the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession, and I proclaim the month of October 2012 to be Legal Professionalism Month.
More than 30 bar associations throughout the state are committed to promoting Legal Professionalism Month, and many will be holding events throughout October. The Colorado Supreme Court will hold an Assembly of Lawyers at Boettcher Concert Hall on October 29 to commemorate the month, and will welcome attorneys newly admitted to the practice with a special session of the court. Members of the legal profession are encouraged to participate in all of these events.
The Colorado Bar Association will be releasing several professionalism videos throughout the month of October. The first video, “Tips for Working With Clients to Keep Them Happy and Keep You Out of Trouble,” is available here.