The Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) was established in February of 2013 to provide mentoring programs in all of the 22 Judicial Districts in Colorado. The CAMP programming will be implemented through bar associations, inns of court, law firms, agencies, and other legal organizations throughout the state. In locations where no organization-related programs are available, CAMP will match mentors with mentees in an individualized program.
John Baker and Ryann Payton will discuss the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), a program that provides mentors to pro bono attorneys.
John spent 33 years as a trial attorney, concentrating his legal practice in products liability litigation, representing individuals that have been injured by defective pharmaceutical products and vehicles. John was listed as a Colorado Super Lawyer from 2007 to 2011. John retired from trial practice in 2010 to work as President and Executive Director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) for three years. On February 5, 2013 John was appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee as the first director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (“CAMP”). John has the responsibility of establishing a state-wide young lawyer mentoring in each of the 22 judicial districts in Colorado. For forty years John has been active in promoting professionalism and served as President of the Denver Bar Association in 2009. John is married and has three children and four grandchildren, who have involved him over the years in coaching youth soccer, basketball and baseball.
A former litigator and a seasoned consultant and advocate on diversity and inclusivity in the legal field, Ryann is a frequent commentator, presenter, and lecturer having contributed to the Denver Post, Law Week Colorado, Denver Business Journal, KDVR Fox 31, and Colorado Public Radio. Prior to joining CAMP, Ryann focused her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on LGBT families and civil rights. She also has served as an adjunct professor in the University of Denver’s Legal Externship Program, where she supervised law students during their semester-long externships in the legal community. Ryann has been routinely recognized for her legal practice, most recently earning the 2014 Colorado Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Attorney of the Year award. Ryann sits on the boards of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, Colorado LGBT Bar Foundation, GLBT Community Center of Colorado, Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. Ryann is a graduate of the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) program and the Center for Legal Inclusiveness’ Level I Diversity and Inclusiveness training program. Ryann earned her law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and holds an LLM and undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.